Accessible Arts Team

Our Team

Our Staff

Liz Martin CEO

With over 20 years’ experience working across the Australian arts and disability sector as advocate, musician, producer, project manager, trainer and advisor, Liz Martin is driven to contribute to an arts sector that is authentically representative, diverse, and accessible for everyone. CEO of Accessible Arts NSW, Liz is also an award-winning musician, a past board member of Arts Access Australia, and an active leader within the arts and disability community.

Amy Claire Mills Arts Development Manager

Amy Claire Mills is a disabled textiles artist, curator, community activist and campaigner. Most recently, she has worked as an access consultant across the arts sector. With a broad range of skills, Amy has worked with community and art organisations, local councils and fellow artists to curate exhibitions and events focusing on access, inclusion and representation. Her art practice explores identity and resistance through immersive and colourful textile installations. Disrupting the socially-constructed narrative of disability, critiquing and examining the politics of disability experience whilst suggesting new vocabularies of softness, tactility, empathy and care.

Rachel Musgrove Marketing and Development Manager

Rachel has extensive marketing and communications experience and has worked in the arts and cultural sector for 17 years, specialising in arts marketing. She is a playwright, theatre maker and was a script editor for the world’s leading play publisher in London. Her writing spans comical children’s books to academic essays. She is passionate about the performing arts and the role that creativity plays in living a full life. In her position as Marketing and Development Manager, Rachel develops and implements marketing and business development strategy. Rachel is proud to be part of the Accessible Arts team, striving for equity within the arts and cultural sector.

Daniel Jaramillo Office Administrator

Daniel is a Sydney University graduate in philosophy and cultural studies. Daniel completed high school at the Australian Institute of Music. Daniel’s skills range from research on all things related to popular culture to writing and thinking critically about topics such as music, news, media, entertainment, politics or sport to ethical and social issues. Since graduating from university in 2016, Daniel has contributed over 150 concert, album, art and film reviews to various websites and publications as well as community radio stations.

Michelle Teear Training and Project Coordinator

Michelle is an arts events and project manager, trainer, advisor, disability consultant and a visual artist. Her gestural paintings of wandering lines, flat and transparent colour are a response to living in remote landscapes on research trips to fully immerse herself in place. She has worked for not-for-profit arts and music events, in managerial positions, and as an educator for the visual arts.  Through her role in Accessible Arts Michelle is dedicated to building an arts sector of greater inclusivity and diversity. Michelle was shortlisted for the Evelyn Chapman award 2020, and completed a residency at Bundanon in 2020.

Eugenie Lee Project Manager | Ripple: Disability and Culturally Diverse Internship Program

Eugenie is a Queer disabled woman who is passionate advocate for disability justice, CripTime, equity and inclusion. On the days when she’s not working for Accessible Arts, she works as an interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual focus on persistent pain whose work is informed by scientific research, creative technology and disability studies. She investigates pain-related perceptions and experiences through various media and technologies that often stem from collaborations with pain scientists, creatives and people with disability. Her works are expressed in the form of participatory interactive performances, installations and paintings. She is a recipient of various grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, ANAT, Accessible Arts, Create NSW and has exhibited at arts institutions and museums in Australia and overseas. Eugenie graduated with First Class Honours from Sydney College of the Arts in 2012.

Our Trainers

Morwenna Collett, Bec Hogan, Eugenie Lee, Bedelia Lowrenčev, Carly Marchment Supple, Bridie McKim, Fiona McMurphy, Amy Claire Mills, Rhiannon Pegler, Kerri Shying, Madeliene Stewart, Michelle Teear, Nat Thomas and Anthea Williams.

Our Advisers

Antoinette Barbouttis, Faye Chamberlain, Marion Conrow, Alex Craig, Emily Dash, Dan Graham, Athena Goard, Gum Guo, Maree Jenner, Christine Johnson, Jessica Kejun Xu, Madeleine Stewart, Sigrid MacDonald, Kate Matairavula, Rebbeca McCormack, Cobie Moore, Laura Osweiler, Marisa Pasicznik Ross, Karen Peacock, Michelle Peat, Allison Reynolds, Keith Rutherford, Natalia Stawyskyi, Stephanie Sullivan, Casey Gray, Randa Magdi, M (Sunny) Sunflower, Danielle Maas, Aaron Matheson, Rebecca Scrioli, Robert Duffield, Marianthe Loucataris, Narelle Whitham, Kyle Goldfinch, Al Azmi, Shawnah Cady, Shelley Clarke, Ben Harris, Casey Heffernan, Lindy Hou, Liz Lea, Gillian Pollack, Aleyn Silva, Shona Thomas, Fi Peel and Phoebe Lupton.

Our Board

Jaci Armstrong, Chairperson

Jaci Armstrong has extensive experience in the disability, government and health sectors including positions with NSW and Federal MPs and at KPMG in Sydney. Jaci has also served as National Policy Advisor for Guide Dogs Australia (GDA) where she led strategy and engagement with government and industry bodies. Ms Armstrong also represented GDA on blindness sector peak bodies Vision2020 Australia and Blind Citizens Australia, and was one of four Australian delegates to the World Blind Union. Jaci also has substantial governance experience and currently serves on the boards of People with Disability Australia and HireUp. Ms Armstrong is also a former chairperson of Riding for the Disabled. Jaci has extensive lived experience of disability. Having had significant vision loss since birth, she has benefited from having a Guide Dog as her primary mobility aid for over 20 years. Further understanding of the importance of accessible design, inclusive practices and attitudes has been reinforced by observing the experiences of her twin sister who has cerebral palsy.

Kate Lidbetter, Deputy Chairperson

BA (Syd Uni), Grad Dip Arts Management (UTS), Master of Policy (UNSW), Grad Cert Applied Finance (Kaplan), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Kate is Chief Executive Officer of Symphony Australia, also known as Symphony Services International. Previous positions have included Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts, Artist Development Manager of Symphony Australia, Artistic Administrator of the Australian Youth Orchestra and General Manager of Sydney Children’s Choir. Kate is Chair of Gondwana Choirs and has held previous directorships with Ensemble Offspring and ADHD Australia. She regularly participates on panels, committees and juries for various music organisations in Australia and abroad.

Vishwas Singh CA, Treasurer

Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago.

Vishwas is a Senior Accountant at Hines overseeing investor reporting, ASIC compliance, SOX compliance, managing financial services integration and treasury functions including cashflow and budget variance analysis. Before his roles in commercial real estate, Vishwas was an auditor at PwC New Zealand and Deloitte Australia and has worked with clients operating in various industries. Vishwas is also a casual academic at UNSW and UTS and often takes part in panel discussions to further the dialogue between industry and academia.

Alex Jones, Director

Alex is a leader with more than 15+ years of experience in corporate, government, and non-government roles. He is a dedicated advocate for changing societal attitudes towards people with disabilities and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing in Australia. A Co-founder of Ai-Media, a global captioning solution provider, Alex has been instrumental in enhancing accessibility. With a background in cultural event leadership, including the 2005 Melbourne Deaflympics Cultural Festival and 2018 Australian Deaf Games, he has been a longstanding ambassador for the NSW Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Currently working as a Project Manager of the Disability Employment Catalyst at The Achieve Foundation, Alex continues to drive initiatives that empower individuals with disabilities, embodying his commitment to fostering inclusivity and equal opportunities.

David Kay, Director
David is an independent consultant for the disability sector. He more than 15 years’ experience in advising governments and large not-for-profit organisations on disability sector strategy and reform, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the interface between the NDIS and other mainstream government services and sectors (including health, education, justice, and the arts). David has held a number of not-or-profit Board position in the health and disability sectors.  He is currently a Board Member for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, and was a former Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia.

Emily Dash, Director

Emily Dash is an accomplished filmmaker and theatremaker as well as a dedicated industry advocate for arts practitioners and audiences with disability or who are Deaf. Emily has written, produced, directed and/or performed in many screen and stage productions in Sydney and has worked with the ABC and Sydney Opera House. Emily has participated in several Accessible Arts professional development programs and is a member of Accessible Arts’ Advisory Panel. She is also a board member of Bus Stop Films, Attitude Foundation, and Dirty Feet.

Fiona Winning, Director

Fiona has had a diverse career in independent and commercial performing arts across contemporary performance, theatre, dance and festivals. She was Sydney Festival Head of Programming from 2012 to 2017, presenting works by inspirational Australian and international artists in venues across the city. Previously, Fiona worked as a dramaturge and producer in contemporary arts, curating the Australian Theatre Forum in 2011 and co-convening the Bundanon Trust’s annual Siteworks event in 2010-11. From 1999 to 2008, Fiona was Director of Performance Space, a national contemporary arts hub based in Sydney. In this role, she collaborated with artists and communities to conceive and produce events in theatres, galleries and public spaces, as well as developing a range of festival, training and residency programs. She was instrumental in the development of Carriageworks, collaborating with the arts sector, Arts NSW and architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Fiona is also a lecturer and co-designer of NIDA’s landmark Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course.

Image description: A group photo of Accessible Arts staff including (from left to right): Amy Claire Mills, Rachel Musgrove, Eugenie Lee, Liz Martin, Daniel Jaramillo, Liv Hutley and Michelle Teear. Photo by David Wimble.


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