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Auckland Arts Festival collage of imagesACCESSIBLE AUCKLAND ARTS: The number of accessible events and services offered by arts organisations, companies, producers and venues around New Zealand keeps on growing. The Auckland Arts Festival 2019, recipient of the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2018, had another successful, accessible festival this year with 16 accessible events and the largest audience to date. Congratulations to all involved!. 

About the Arts For All Network

Arts For All aims to encourage festivals, artists, performing arts companies, literary organisations, museums, galleries, venues and producers to improve their access to disabled audiences. It was inspired by Arts For All: Ngā toi mō te katoa, a practical guide to accessibility published by Arts Access Aotearoa.

Arts Access Aotearoa facilitates Arts For All Networks in five regions: Wellington, Otago, Taranaki, Auckland and Canterbury.

These networks, made up of representatives from the disability sector, arts and cultural organisations, and venues, meet twice a year to gain insights, seek advice, and share information and resources. In addition, Arts Access Aotearoa creates resources, provides information, and supports and promotes your accessible arts and cultural events.

Claire Noble, Access and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa is the first point of contact for arts venues and organisations, festivals and practitioners planning to become more accessible and inclusive in the arts. In this role, she:

  • advises arts organisations, venues and practitioners on the design and delivery of effective arts projects, activities and events
  • provides advice on inclusive infrastructure and processes, including guidance on writing an accessibility policy
  • acts as a conduit for potential collaborations, partnerships and the sharing of ideas between arts professionals. 

Contact Claire Noble, Access and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: claire.noble@artsaccess.org.nz).

Arts For All guide

the cover of Arts For AllArts For All: Ngā toi mō te katoa outlines the benefits of marketing the arts to disabled people, and includes both practical and longer-term steps you can take to provide access.

There are eight chapters, including chapters on communications and marketing; galleries and museums; live performance; and digital media. There are also snapshots of organisations, venues and arts projects, along with mini profiles of disabled artists and arts enthusiasts at the beginning of each chapter.

For easy navigation, download a copy of Arts For All. 

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An issue version

Arts For All guide: explained in NZSL


This video, made by Deafradio’s Seeflow translation service for Arts Access Aotearoa, lets Deaf people know about some of the ways artists, performing arts companies, festivals, museums, galleries and venues can make the arts more accessible to Deaf people. Read more

Access For All video

This video about the importance of access to the arts has audio description and is captioned. Read more about the video 

News, events, opportunities and tips

Arts Access Aotearoa can help you promote your accessible events. We write news stories and post these on the website and, sometimes, on The Big Idea, Creative New Zealand, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and Scoop websites. We also promote these stories on social media. Please email Iona with your newsworthy stories. Also let us know if you have any useful tips, resources, opportunities and events to share. 

You can post your accessible arts events on the Arts Access Aotearoa events calendar and we will broadcast it to other relevant what's on sites.

 
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