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Showcasing prisoner art: The Learning Connexion has a new gallery space and its most recent exhibition featured work by its students studying art in corrections facilities. Read more about Arts in Corrections opportunities 

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Importance of accessibility in the performing arts

Null28 April 2022
“Audience access and being able to go to an arts event the same as anyone else can is essential, and it is the right of Deaf and disabled people to be able to do that,” said Stace Robertson, Arts Access Aotearoa, in a panel discussion organised by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. Watch the video 

Pausing the awards to offer fellowships in 2022


20 April 2022
“In 2022, we are pausing the awards event and offering  fellowships of up to $10,000 each for successful applicants to create or present new work or projects.” Arts Access Aotearoa will announce the fellowships and criteria by Friday 1 July 2022. Read Richard Benge's latest blog

Deaf students partner with theatre company to tell stories


16 March 2022
Professionals from Tim Bray Youth Theatre are working alongside teachers from Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education,  teaching skills enabling students to perform and produce their own productions. The 18 Deaf students taking part in the project range in ages from Year Three to Year 11, plus Tu Kokiri students transitioning out of secondary school. Read the story

Facilitating art in Auckland Prison


9 March 2022
“The men swagger in and shake my hand firmly with a cheerful ‘Morning Gwen. How’s your week been?’ I’m about to start an art class in Auckland Prison. This is part of the Creative Art Programme I developed and now facilitate across the prison, using my background in teaching and psychology,” blogs volunteer tutor Gwen Taylor

Video campaign highlights value of creative spaces


9 March 2022
A video campaign by Arts Access Aotearoa is highlighting the value of creative spaces and the artists who attend them. The campaign’s key message is that creative spaces provide a safe, inclusive place where people can create and participate in the arts. Read more

Kaupapa of accessibility, on and off stage

Null2 March 2022
Theatre practitioner Nathan Mudge knows all about the value of accessible theatre for artists and audiences. It’s a kaupapa he weaves through all of his work, including directing  Up Down Girl, and working as Access Programme Producer at this year’s Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Read more about Nathan Mudge





A model of how the world should be: Stuff reporter Bess Manson profiles Wellington creative hub Vincents Art Workshop. Read the article

Artist spotlight: Jen, an artist at Studio2 in Dunedin, talks about what she loves about the creative space. Watch on YouTube

Queen of CubaDupa: Lusi Faiva talks about dance and her Samoan culture in this video from Attitude. You can also read more about Lusi

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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