ACCESS FOR ALL: “The good thing about being focused on access and accessibility is that you create a better experience for everybody,” says Philip Patston in this video, made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa. It discusses the importance of audio description and captioning. Read more about the video
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.
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.
Stace Robertson, Access, Inclusion 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, he:
- 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 Stace Robertson, Access and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Arts For All guide
Arts 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 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
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.