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Collage of children enjoying access to the artsARTS ACCESS FOR CHILDREN: “There are two things I’d like to emphasise. Firstly, it doesn’t take much to make a show accessible to more children. And secondly, if you know of an arts event or creative opportunity that you think you or your child would enjoy if the barriers to participation were removed, get in touch with the venue or let me know. Who knows what might happen!” Read Claire Noble’s blog

Introducing the Arts For All Network

Arts For All is an Arts Access Aotearoa/Creative New Zealand partnership programme, inspired by the publication Arts For All. Its aim is to encourage festivals, performing arts companies, literary organisations, museums, galleries, venues and producers to improve their access to disabled audiences.

The programme was established in 2011. Since then, there has been a significant improvement in access to the arts for disabled people: for example, audio described and sign interpreted performances are now a regular feature of many performing arts companies.

Arts Access Aotearoa has set up Arts For All networks in Wellington, Otago, Taranaki, Auckland and Canterbury. These networks, made up of representatives from the disability sector, arts and cultural organisations, and venues, meet throughout the year to gain insights, seek advice, and share information and resources.

For more information about the networks, contact Claire Noble, Access and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E:

Arts For All a practical 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. 

Arts For All

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An issue version

A limited number of free, hard-copy guides are available. Please email or call 04 802 4349 to order a copy.     

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

Latest events, news, opportunities and tips

Accessibility in the spotlight at Takapuna Grammar

“I was excited to be involved in the process of removing barriers and creating an inclusive, judgement-free theatre environment.” Claudia Toxopeus, Year 12, Takapuna Grammar School, blogs about the school's relaxed performance of Little Women: The Musical.

International examples of access to the arts

This page provides links to research and articles about arts and community development, accessible arts practice, and arts in Corrections.Read more

Optimise your online arts marketing

Optimise your online arts marketing by registering for the Creative New Zealand webinars, led by The Audience Connection’s Vicki Allpress Hill. These webinars are practical and provide opportunities for listeners to ask questions and get answers. So, for example, a recent webinar was called “Managing Social Media in a Busy Arts Organisation”. After each webinar, the presentation is also uploaded on to Creative New Zealand’s YouTube channel. Contact Grace Sinclair at Creative New Zealand to register for these webinars (E: T: 09 373 3077).  


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