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Staying Accessible In A Rapidly Changing World | ATAG 19 May

The COVID-19 pandemic has turbo-charged the use of digital technology for both arts practitioners and audiences with disability, and that means it’s now more important than ever that arts and cultural organisations think about the accessibility of their online content and services.

But what about post-COVID? Will everyone be more open to working, living and playing online? And what will this mean for creative industries in terms of connecting with people with disability?

Join us for this FREE online panel discussion to find out how arts and cultural workers can use some basic approaches and simple tech solutions to be more inclusive of people with disability in the digital domain, both right now and into the future.


  • Tuesday 19 May
  • 11am – 12pm
  • Zoom (link provided following registration)


  • New ways that artists are producing and audiences are engaging with digital content and the barriers that prevent people with disability from having equitable access
  • How to incorporate accessibility features – such as captioning, Auslan interpreting and audio description – into the delivery of online programming and services
  • Overcoming the challenges of balancing interactivity and accessibility


Ian RT Colless  – First Nations Project Officer of Capacity Building, Australia Council for the Arts

Ian is a from the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra people. He is a mixture of Irish and Welsh heritage, and is the Grandson of the late Aunty Dawn Colless. Ian has taught at NYU, QUT, WAAPA, Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA), The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, and NAISDA Dance College. His formal education and professional experiences around the globe have seen him ascertain expertise to lead, design, organise and deliver exceptional programs, workshops, resources, syllabuses and curricula to a variety populations and mixed demographics internationally. Ian also and oversees Australia Council’s  Custodianship Program – a new program designed by First Nations leaders for First Nations leaders to transform sustainability in culture, practice, community and the arts.

Frances Robinson – Project Officer for Capacity Building, Australia Council for the Arts

In her role at the Australia Council, Frances oversees the Future Leaders Program. She has a strong commitment to an equitable arts and cultural sector, and is dedicated to supporting the development of others. As a disability ally, she sees her role as creating space for greater diversity in leadership across our sector. With ten years’ experience managing people across leading cultural institutions – such as the Tate in London, Biennale of Sydney and now the Australia Council for the Arts – Frances has a strong sense of what it means to nurture and support communities to thrive in ways that are meaningful to them.

Kattie Bugeja – Arts Administrator, Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Kattie is an experienced Arts Administrator with over a decade of experience working with commercial galleries, auction houses, public museums, government agencies and not-for-profits both nationally and internationally. In her current role as Arts Administrator at Maitland Regional Art Gallery she contributes to the leadership of one of NSW’s most dynamic regional galleries. Together, the MRAG team – 40 dedicated volunteers, an army of creatives and a passionate community network – has built a Gallery that prides itself on inclusivity, accessibility and creative exchange.

Dr Riona Tindal (MC) – Project Officer, Accessible Arts

Riona is a creative artist, thinker, photographer and problem solver. Her practice involves work in the creative industry, advocating accessibility for artists with disability. Riona has a passion for the environment and advocacy for wildlife and their right to have their habitat undisturbed by human impact. Riona has a Bachelor of Art Natural History Illustration (BANHI), a BANHI First Class (Honours), (Faculty Medal) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD, Natural History Illustration) from the University of Newcastle. A Bachelor of Arts (BA), Visual and Performing Arts and an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and Graphic Communications.


Register by visiting:


Our ATAG Online will be using the Zoom online conferencing platform. We’ll email you the Zoom link the day before the event. All you have to do is click on the link, follow the prompts and you’ll be part of the event.

Zoom is an easy to use, reliable and FREE cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops and telephones. If you haven’t used Zoom before you can find out more here:


This event will be Auslan interpreted and have captioning.

If you have access requirements, please advise us when registering. We may need 24 hours notice to accommodate your requirements. Please take this into account when registering.

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

Presented by: Accessible Arts

Proudly supported by: Australia Council for the Arts, Maitland Regional Art Gallery Maitland City Council

Funded by: National Disability Insurance Agency

About ATAG

ATAG stands for Accessing The Arts Group. ATAGs are regular meetups 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.