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Working With First Nations Artists With Disability Workshop

Improve how you and your organisation works with artists with disability from First Nations communities.

When: Monday 13 July, 10:30am – 12pm

Where: Zoom

Cost: FREE! But places are limited to 35.



First Nations artists make important and compelling contributions to Australia’s arts and cultural landscape. Many First Nations artists live with disability and so working with these artists requires an appreciation not only of cultural sensitivities but also their experience of disability and how the intersection of these identities informs their creative and professional practice.

Working With First Nations Artists With Disability is a FREE online workshop presented by Kerri Shying, a NSW poet of Wiradjuri heritage. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of First Nations people with disability and how they connect with the arts and cultural sector and as well as some very practical advice on making programs and services more accessible for and inclusive of First Nations artists with disability.

Learn about:

  • How First Nations people experience disability
  • Professional barriers experienced by First Nations artists with disability
  • Practicing inclusive and accessible approaches to connecting with and supporting First Nations artists with disability
  • Engaging with Local Aboriginal Land Councils

Kerri Shying

Kerri Shying is a poet of Wiradjuri and Chinese family, the NSW Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer Grant in 2017. Kerri’s poems have appeared in Snap Journal, Cordite, Verity La, Ear to Earth, and Women of Words, 2016 and in The Australian Poetry Journal 2020. She is the author of a bilingual pocketbook of poems sing out when you want me, 2017, Flying Islands/ASM/Cerberus Press and the chapbook Elevensies, Slow Loris, 2018.  Her current book is Knitting Mangrove Roots, 2019 Flying Island/ Cerberus/ASM. Shortlisted in the Helen Anne Bell and the Noel Rowe Prizes in 2017, Kerri  held the Dr Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship for 2019 for her collection Know Your Country, due out in Oct 2020. Kerri has been convenor of Write Up for 3 years, a free arts/writing group for people living with disability in the Lower Hunter, and supported regions of NSW, mentoring writers towards publication and maintaining a MOU with Newcastle City council to provide Space activation activities in Library via the WU group. She lives with disability from SLE/Sjogrens and PsA, in Newcastle, NSW with her famous dog Max Spangly and enjoys a drawing and fibre art practice. Kerri is nominated for 2020, an activity of the Human Rights Commission, for disability activism in writing.


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This workshop will have live open captioning and will be Auslan interpreted. If you have any other access requirements please advise when registering.


For further information, please contact our Arts Development and Training Manager, Liz Martin: or 02 8379 3102