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Evolution of Touch Compass: For the past 20 years, Touch Compass has been a touchstone for choreographer Suzanne Cowan. She blogs about the dance company’s evolution and its disability-led focus.


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Conference to ignite creative spaces sector

14 September 2022
Arts Access Aotearoa is calling for registrations to Ngā Wāhi Auaha Creative Spaces Conference 2022, a free event taking place online over 1 and 2 November 2022. Read the conference story

Opening up to more arts programmes in prisons

30 August 2022
Prisons across the country are slowly opening up to more arts programmes and activities for prisoners after COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Although this is positive news, it also brings challenges for prisoners, prison staff and volunteers. Read more about arts programmes in prisons

Impact of the arts behind US bars

30 August 2022
Cedric Martin and Karen Hamer met in a Shakespeare classroom in a Colorado men’s prison, medium security, in 2015. Incarcerated since 2001, Cedric describes their meeting as “the first time someone, other than my visitors in the visiting room, looked at me and saw a human being”. Read more about the impact of art

Joeli Thacker: listening and being fully present

12 August 2022
Joeli Thacker is a member of Hobson Street Theatre Company in Auckland, where all its actors have experienced homelessness. Joeli joined the theatre company in 2017 and became its Outreach Coordinator in 2022. Read more about Joeli Thacker

Alter State announces Melbourne’s programme

27 July 2022
Alter State, Melbourne’s inaugural disability arts festival, will make its debut at Arts Centre Melbourne from 12 September to 9 October. The festival will have both in-person and digital offerings with theatre, circus, music, and family works from artists and companies from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more about Alter State

Insights into art tutors at creative spaces

6 July 2022
Insights into the role of art tutors at King Street Artworks in Masterton, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, have sparked an Arts Access Aotearoa project highlighting the role of art tutors and facilitators in creative spaces. Read more about the role of arts tutors 






""Job vacancy: Applications for the role of Creative Spaces Funding Advisor at Arts Access Aotearoa close on 4 October 2022. For more info

Art and wellbeing: Can art soothe our souls and help us thrive? Watch this video about Ōtautahi Creative Spaces.

The Arts Access Podcast: Listen to the podcasts, produced by Sam Morgan, Digital Content Developer at Arts Access Aotearoa.

One to watch: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Connecting through music: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Access for all: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa


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