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Showcasing Access To the Arts | ATAG Hunter 2 Dec

Around 20% of Australians live with disability. So making sure programming, services and infrastructure is accessible for people with disability or who are Deaf is a smart strategy for building audiences for performances, exhibitions and events.

Join us for this FREE breakfast meetup on the eve of the International Day of People With Disability to explore how arts, culture and events workers who are part of the Independent Creative Alliance Newcastle (ICAN) are improving their access and inclusion frameworks for artists and audiences with disability.

ICAN members include: Catapult Choreographic Hub, Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle Writers Festival, Octapod, Screen Hunter, Tantrum Youth Arts and the Lock Up.

Light refreshments will be provided.

When & Where

Learn about:

  • Working together to be more inclusive of people with disability
  • Practical tips and easy wins in relation to improving accessibility
  • How to make use of local accessibility programs and services


  • David Couri, Executive Manager, Octapod | David Couri has more than 15 years’ leadership experience across multiple sectors, applying values-based strategic and people management principles, and managing key stakeholder relationships. He is Founding Director of Bad Vibrations Records, an independent record label dedicated to the promotion of emerging and independent Australian artists, notable for the ‘Bad Vibrations’ music & arts festivals across Sydney and Melbourne. The festival supports gender diverse emerging artists across music, visual and performing arts. David also dedicates his time as a volunteer and has spent time working with OzHarvest, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and AIME. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, and is an avid beachgoer who is currently learning Auslan.
  • Riona Tindal, Deaf Arts Coordinator, Accessible Arts| Riona supports Deaf and hard of hearing artists through the provision of advice, information, promotion, collaboration and mentoring. Riona also manages Accessible Arts’ education and engagement activities in NSW’s Central Coast and Northern Rivers regions. Riona is a proud Hunter local and worked with Octapod prior to joining Accessible Arts.


    • Monday 2 December, 8:00am – 10:00am
    • 7:45am: Doors open + coffee/tea
    • 8:00am – 8:10am: Welcome and Accessible Arts intro
    • 8:10am – 8:20am: Octapod/ICAN Presentation
    • 8:20am – 9:00am: Moderated discussion
    • 9am -10am: Networking breakfast (beverages, pastries and fruit provided)

Proudly supported by: Museum of Art & Culture Lake Macquarie and Octapod


To register please visit:

Please register by Thursday 28 November 2019 so we can meet the access and dietary requirements of participants.

This is an Auslan Accessible event.

Please advise any access or dietary requirements when registering.

For more information or to specify any access requirements to attend this event please contact Riona Tindal:

About ATAG

ATAG stands for Accessing The Arts Group. ATAGs are regular meet ups for workers in NSW’s creative industries who want to learn more about including people with disability in their professional practice. ATAGs are an initiative of Accessible Arts, NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation. Accessible Arts works with artists, arts organisations, cultural agencies and festival/event operators to create opportunities that enrich the lives of artists, arts workers and audiences with disability or who are Deaf.

About ICAN

Independent Creative Alliance Newcastle (ICAN) is a working party whose objective is to become a regional leading unified group to advocate for the critical role arts and culture plays in the Newcastle city’s local and global identity. Advocacy for the arts and culture to be integrated and present a united front in the arts and culture actively during the major developing changes within Newcastle’s economic landscape, adapting to be one of the world’s most liveable city with diverse arts and culture within its landscape. ICAN members include: Catapult Choreographic Hub, Hunter Writers Centre, Newcastle Writers Festival, Octapod, Screen Hunter, Tantrum Youth Arts and the Lock Up.