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A compilation of images of delegates and speakers at arts activated conference 2019

Arts Activated 2019 Conference Wrap Up

Sydney, Wednesday 11 September 2019: Taking place at Sydney Olympic Park’s Waterview centre over August 22 and 23, our recent Arts Activated 2019 conference proved to be a successful event in terms of informing, connecting and activating hundreds of people involved with Australia’s arts and disability sector.

Making arts, culture and events more accessible for the 20% of Australians who live with disability or who are Deaf was the focus of the conference which attracted artists, arts workers, disability advocates, researchers, policymakers and other experts from across the arts, cultural and disability sectors.

The conference was supported by the NSW Government – via Create NSW and Destination NSW – as well as a range of local government, corporate, community and media partners. We thank all our sponsors and supporters as well as all our delegates, speakers, presenters and session chairs for helping us accelerate action that will increase cultural opportunities for both artists and audiences with disability.

Six people on a stage. Three are in the foreground in wheelchairs. Three are standing in the background behind the people in wheelchairs.

Arts Leadership & Disability Panel members. Front: Paul Nunnuari, Dir. of Inclusive Infrastructure & Experience, NSW Dept of Planning, Industry & Environment; Rosemary Kayess, UNSW Disability Innovation Institute Dir; Caroline Bowditch, Arts Access Victoria Exec. Dir.; Morwenna Collett, Dir. Major Performing Arts Projects, Aus. Co; Meagan Shand, Arts Access Australia CEO; Bree Hadley, QUT Assoc. Prof. Creative Industries;

Key Statistics

  • 250 delegates and participants (full capacity)
  • 22 sessions, events and activities
  • 75 speakers and presenters (70% with a lived experience of disability)
  • 8 different content formats (open/closed captioning, Auslan interpreting, audio description, hearing loops, braille, large print, screen-readable digital)
  • 2400 views of Facebook Live broadcasts (both days with captions)
  • Multiple cultural activities (inc. film screenings, music performances and an onsite art project)
  • Multiple exhibitor stalls (inc. Sydney Olympic Park Authority, City of Canada Bay, Anti-Discrimination NSW and Eckersley’s)

Delegate Feedback

We received some wonderful feedback from lots of participants about the quality of the speakers and content, the valuable networking opportunities, and both the professional and personal development that the conference provided.

  • 94% rated the conference as excellent, very good or good
  • 85% – would come to more Arts Activated conferences and Accessible Arts events

Delegates at Arts Activated 2019

Key Media Coverage

Arts Hub


Videos With Captions

  • All sessions in Room 1 were recorded from the Facebook Live feed and are available to be viewed on the Accessible Arts Facebook page 
  • To view the captions, please ensure you have this feature turned on via your facebook settings
Four people stabding in fron of an event branding wall. The two people in the middle are women and are each flanked by two men.

Accessible Arts Board Dir. Alex Jones; Accessible Arts CEO Kerry Comerford; UK artist Rachel Gadsden; Accessible Arts Vice Chairperson Andrew Buchanan.

Session Transcripts

Session Audio Recordings

Session Video Recordings