Arts and Accessibility
The ACT Government supports access to the arts for all Canberrans and works closely with the arts and disability sectors to increase the cultural participation of people living with a disability. The Social Inclusion in the Arts: 2017 Plan provides an insight into what is already happening in the ACT arts sector, and what we can do in the future to improve access and inclusion in arts events and programs.
We encourage our organisations to work with communities to provide access to arts facilities for people to participate actively or as an audience. Our organisations already have strong ties to communities and provide ways for people with mixed abilities to experience the arts. The case studies on Ignite: Alternative Arts Academy and Rebus Theatre tell some of these stories.
artsACT documents are available in alternative formats upon request. Formats include: printed in normal or large print, emailed in PDF or Word format. If you require a document in an alternative format please Contact Us.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech difficulty, you can Contact Us through the National Relay Service (NRS).
Community Arts and Cultural Development
The Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) Program is an initiative of the ACT Government. It aims to give every ACT resident a unique opportunity to contribute to the community’s artistic and cultural landscape and provide services across Canberra including to those most vulnerable. Find more information on the Community Arts and Cultural Development web page.
Accessibility resources for organisations and artists
- Guidelines for access for people with disabilities
- Language use that appropriately describes people with disabilities
- Exhibition content: ideas for presentation of exhibition content for more than one sensory experience
- How to label including text type and font sizes
Beyond Physical Access
- Assists in defining goals of projects and the steps required to set up the project for success and sustainability.
- A guide to developing and delivering meaningful opportunities in an arts, disability and mental health context.
- The publication is for, but not limited to:
- Artists with disability, mental issues and who are Deaf
- Local government cultural or community development workers
- Service providers
- Health providers
- Allied health providers
- Arts and cultural organisations
- Community organisations
- Artist facilitators
- Support workers
- Carers and families
- People who are already engaged in arts, disability, mental health and the Deaf communities and want to lead a dialogue about inclusive practice.
- Checklists are available for arts and cultural organisations to assist in improving access and developing audiences. Checklists cover areas such as marketing and communications, transport, building maintenance and access, exhibition environments and more.
- Downloadable universal access symbols are available.
- Chapters outlining rights as an artist.
- Chapters to answer questions, brainstorm and draw.
- Exercises in the booklet are designed to help articulate why art is important to the user.
- The booklet helps users feel confident to talk about their art making to make friends, family, health professionals, and NDIS planners understand why it is important.
- Plans are from the Mixed Abilities Ensemble performance training program for people with and without a disability.
- They include performance making, movement and vocal skills.
- The aim of the document is for those unfamiliar with integrated performance training to gain awareness into the process.
- The plans can be used by those looking for new ideas in their own workshops
- The document reaffirms that working with an integrated group is not all about reinventing the wheel, rather thinking outside the box by adapting and modifying exercise and activities to engage diverse groups.
- From organisations producing theatre with people with a disability.
- Case studies highlight the process, strengths and challenges of productions.
- Summaries of common themes throughout the case studies are supplied.
- Tips and suggestions.
Other Useful Links
Downloadable Disability Access Symbols promote and publicise accessibility for people with disabilities.
Arts Access Australia (AAA) is the peak national body for arts and disability, working to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences.
The Australia Council for the Arts Artists with Disability Program enables Australian artists with disability to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and tour their work.
The ACT Office for Disability provides strategic advice and practical assistance to enable people with disability to enjoy their rights as citizens of the ACT.
The National Arts and Disability Strategy is a national framework for action to improve how audiences and artists with a disability can participate in the arts and cultural life of the community.