Thanks to everyone who joined us either in person or online for the recent Access Ideas and Insights panel discussion, Accessible Tech.
We had a record 247 registrations for this innovative panel discussion which delved into ‘Accessible Tech’, showcasing how leading Sydney venues ensure digital access for online and in-person audiences and visitors. Digital producers Stuart Buchanan from the Sydney Opera House and Marcus Wright from the Museum of Contemporary Art were joined by Sophie Penkethman-Young, the Manager of Digital Culture Initiatives at Australia Council for the Arts as they discuss the latest innovations in accessible technology. This engaging panel discussion will be MC’d by Gill Nicol, the Director of Audience Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This event was made possible with support from the City of Sydney.
Accessibility Training and Consultancy
This event has now passed, however you can watch the recordings below. There are three versions, including captioned and Auslan interpreted recordings.
About the Speakers
Stuart is a cultural programmer, music curator and digital producer. As Head of Digital Programming at Sydney Opera House, Stuart is responsible for leading and curating their year-round digital program, including performance films, original commissions and interactive content for schools.
Marcus is Digital Producer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander at the MCA. Marcus is a descendant of the Wiradjuri (Wiradyuri) and Gamilaraay (Gomeroi / Gamilaroi/ Kamilaroi) people’s hailing from the Central Western tablelands. Graduating from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in 2017 with a bachelor of acting and producing, he then became a research assistant at the same university, before moving onto Eastern Riverina Arts, and then the MCA. Marcus has consistently engaged with the Community to revitalise the arts.
Sophie is the Manager Digital Culture Initiatives Australia Council for the Arts. She gained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University School of Art & Design in 2013 and completed her Honours at The Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney in 2014. She is also one part of interdisciplinary show makers WHPY and has had solo exhibitions at Airspace Projects (2019), Sydney, Seventh Gallery (2019), Melbourne and Verge Gallery (2021), Sydney.
Gill Nicol (MC)
Gill has worked for over 30 years with contemporary art and audiences across the UK. She is the Director of Audience Engagement at the MCA, striving to make contemporary art as accessible as possible, for as many people as possible.
Image Description: A photo taken from the back of an auditorium, featuring an audience watching a captioned and Auslan interpreted panel discussion. A large screen displays the event name: Accessible Tech.