Arts Access Australia

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P.O. Box 174HobartTasmania7002Australia View Map

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Arts Access Australia continues to provide the primary conduit though which stakeholders in Arts and Disability across the country can engage in sector development through: Advocacy and information; Promotion; Research; Grass roots brokering and support of emergent cells of Arts and Disability practices across the country. Over the three years of my Chairmanship I have witnessed a significant move towards cross State / Territory collaboration, increased resource sharing between the State based Peak Arts and Disability organizations combined with a gradual widening of Arts Access Australia's scope of operation. Driving much of the thinking behind the work of the peak Arts and Disability organizations in Australia over this period has been the strong emphasis on Arts Health and Well being within the Community Cultural Development Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, that is now filtering across Government rapidly influencing Policy development within the Arts, Health, Disability and Mental Health sectors. The growing prevalence of Arts, Health and Well being has strengthen the position of the Arts and Disability sector, validating the social and human impact of the work, stemming out of this has been a renewed capacity across the Arts and Disability sector to apply the practices of Arts and Disability within new sectors, including rural / remote, indigenous, Ageing and Disability. Against the background of increased sector development and demand, Arts Access Australia has experienced an internal drift of expertise, knowledge and passion with the departure of key drivers within the field Neal Price previously Executive Director Access Arts QLD and Helen Connors previously Executive Director Accessible Arts NSW. Both Helen and Neal carry with them years of expertise, passion and commitment to the Arts and Disability sector, I thank them for their capacity to share their knowledge, advocate, lead and advise the sector. Gareth Wreford Executive Director has backed the Network with great capacity, underpinning sector development in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Operating solo Gareth provides the primary information and Advocacy programs across the Country whilst maintaining close working links with the Australia Council for the Arts, Family and Community Services and the supports the requests for access to the arts from individual artists with disabilities across the country. Gareth continues to build the capacity of network and was the primary driver during 2004 behind the re-naming of the network to Arts Access Australia, positioning us in a more contemporary light, realizing the shift away from a potentially segregated approach to inclusion in the arts and cultural life of Australia. In closing I thank my co-Directors who ensure a truly national voice is reflected in the Governance of the Network. I acknowledge the valuable support and advice provided to the Network by staff of the Policy Communication Research Division of the Australia Council for the Arts and thank them for their support over the years.

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