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20 - 21 September 2016, Carriageworks

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Announcing a New Session at Arts Activated 2016

Arts Activated 2016 has a dynamic and vibrant program with informative sessions focusing on artist pathways to practice, and organisational pathways to practice. As a conference of ideas, the 2016 program brings people together for critical dialogue on innovations within the arts and disability continuum. Speakers will question and debate on difficult issues and controversial topics that relate to inclusive arts practices, here and abroad.

One of our plenary sessions, Leadership through a Different Lens explores the many faces of leadership in the arts and cultural sector. Keynote speaker Padraig Naughton, Executive Director of Arts and Disability Ireland, will facilitate a dynamic conversation between Veronica Pardo, Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria and Emma Bennison, CEO of Arts Access Australia. They will consider questions such as what makes a good leader, and whether disability leadership is always best in arts and disability organisations.

This is a session not to be missed!

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Image with video link. [Screenshot of Sarah Houbolt, Strategic Projects Manager, centre screen, with Ruckus ensemble group photo to her left.]

Extra Activities at Arts Activated

A number of extra activities are occurring in the Carriageworks foyer during the conference. Artist Louise Kate Anderson invites delegates to contribute to the conference Legacy Wall. The Legacy Wall is a collective art making experience aimed to capture the history, present and future ideas of disability arts. 

Radio presenter Liz Wright brings her ‘On the Road with Liz Wright’ show to the listening lounge, playing podcasts and interviewing Arts Activated delegates and presenters. 

Screen NSW is screeening a series of short films, and Professor Simon Darcy is convening an academic caucus during lunch on day one. 

A signature event of this conference is a peer networking dinner on day two for delegates with disability only. If you would like to attend the dinner please register your interest  by emailing

Australia Council for the Arts Offers Advice and Seeks Your Feedback

Australia Council for the Arts Grants Advice Officers are present from 10am – 4.30pm on both days of the conference to offer one-on-one advice sessions for delegates. Registration for this is essential and closes Friday 16 September. Please email to register your personal session.

During the conference lunch breaks, there is also a 'drop in space' for delegates to offer feedback on the Australia Council for the Arts Disability Action Plan, as part of their evaluation process. Feedback can also be given here:

Engage with exciting current thinking in arts and disability

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Wheelchair dancer Rodney Bell has been living in a hotel in Te Kuiti since Christmas, but it’s better than living on the streets of San Francisco! 

His performance explores his time as a professional dancer and his three years spent homeless on the streets of San Francisco. But is being home harder than being homeless?

Image with video link. [Screenshot of Rodney Bell dancer].

Registering for the Conference – Your Questions Answered

Registrations for Arts Activated are accepted right up to the conference, however for catering purposes please confirm your attendance soon!

Can I pay by invoice? Yes. You can pay by invoice by checking the pay offline option in the method of payment box when you register for your ticket via Eventbrite.

Can I change the name on the ticket? Yes. You can log back in to your Eventbrite account to change the name on the ticket. Please do this by Wednesday 15 September for logistical purposes.

Can I take a support person? Yes. If you hold a valid Companion Card, you can register for your Companion Card ticket via the online form that is emailed to you with your registration ticket.

Image of UK Extant theatre company.

Image of UK Extant theatre company.

Access At The Conference

Accessible Arts will be offering Access Services at the conference to delegates who have registered their requirements on the online Access Requirements and Companion Card registration form

Live captioning is offered throughout the conference, however if you would like to use audio description, Auslan interpreters, alternative print formats and accessible parking, please register your requirements by Friday 9 September. 

Accessible Arts thanks our generous conference sponsor Taxis Combined for ongoing support for delegates to attend the conference. 

Taxi services are offered from Rydges Sydney Central, the conference hotel, to Carriageworks. Upon request, a second service can be arranged for pick up from Central Station. Please register your need for taxis by ticking the ‘Accessible Transport’ option on the online access requirements form.

Volunteer Opportunities

The support of volunteers at Arts Activated 2016 helps make the conference a success. If you have experience in the arts or disability sectors, and you are interested in volunteering before, during or after the conference, then please fill out this form to Register to volunteer at Arts Activated 2016. We would love to have you on board.

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