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Collage of images Photo: Vanessa Rushton PhotographyARTS ACCESS CHAMPIONS: The key to Auckland Arts Festival’s accessibility is ensuring it's community-led, says Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski. The Auckland Arts Festival received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2018 while the Royal New Zealand Ballet was Highly Commended. Read more about the Festival’s accessibility

About the Arts For All Network

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

Arts Access Aotearoa has set up 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:

  • facilitates five Arts For All regional networks
  • 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. 

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

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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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.







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