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Image shows headshots of six people who are attending the Arts Activated 2019 Conference in Sydney.


Sydney, 22 July 2019: We’re excited to announce some leading and influential figures from Australia’s arts, culture, disability and inclusion sectors will be speaking and presenting at the upcoming Arts Activated 2019 Conference (Sydney | 22-23 August).

Over 35 artists, arts workers, policymakers, culture experts and technology gurus are set to share their knowledge and insights over the two days of the conference, Australia’s leading forum for making arts, culture and events more accessible for the 20% of Australians who live with disability or who are Deaf.

The conference will take place at the Waterview centre in Bicentennial Park in Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday  22 and Friday 23 August.

Some of the local artists who’ll be involved include: designer Duncan Meerding; filmmaker and theatremaker Emily Dash; writer Gayle Kennedy; and actor, musician, and writer Glenn McKenzie.

Advocates and policymakers who’ll be speaking include: UNSW Disability Innovation Institute Director and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rosemary Kayess; disability activist, model and Queensland Young Australian of the Year Angel Dixon; and Sydney Inner West Council Access and Inclusion Planning Leader Glenn Redmayne.

Arts and culture experts who’ll be involved include Google’s Creative Lab Team Lead Kristin Sillitoe; Director of Major Performing Arts Projects at the Australia Council for the Arts Morwenna Collett; and Director of Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts Jeremy Smith.

Disability arts experts who’ll be speaking include Arts Access Australia CEO Megan Shand; new General Manager of Bus Stop Films Tracey Corbin-Matchett; new Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria Caroline Bowditch; and DADAA Strategic Projects Manager Jacqueline Homer.

Joining our local speakers will be leading UK artist and disability arts advocate Rachel Gadsden,  our first international keynote speaker,  We’ll be announcing our second international keynote speaker very soon.

Don’t miss out on hearing these and other leading figures talk about their work, ideas and activism. Places are limited. BOOK NOW! 

Contact: Michael Badorrek | Marketing Manager | +61 0431 594 007 |