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Luisi Favia, Touch CompassA DANCER LIVING HER DREAMS: Lusi Faiva says her greatest achievement is being involved in the performing arts world for more than 29 years – and particularly in her shows Lusi’s Eden, based on her childhood, and Masina Returning Home. Read more about Lusi Faiva

Disabled arts practitioners

How do we ensure that disabled people are recognised as performers, visual artists and writers, as well as audience members? This page provides information and ideas, and links to stories and profiles of New Zealand Deaf and disabled artists and writers.

There are many accomplished performers, artists and writers in New Zealand and around the world who are disabled people. It's important their diverse perspectives and experiences are reflected in the New Zealand arts scene. 

New Zealand artists and writers

We profile just a few of the talented artists and writers in the disabled and Deaf communities.

Disability-related art

Disability-related art can be work by disabled artists and disability companies: for example, New Zealand Deaf  Film Inc, which was set up in 2015 to provide opportunities for Deaf filmmakers to hone their skills, promote Deaf films and bring awareness of Deaf culture to a hearing audience. 

Or it can be work by mixed-ability or integrated dance companies such as Touch Compass in Auckland, WIDance in Wellington and Jolt in Christchurch; or theatre company Equal Voices Arts, based in Hamilton.

It can also be work about disability: for example, the play Tribes by Nina Raine is about communication, belonging, families – and being Deaf.

Think about ways your organisation can make your production or arts event relevant to a wider audience: for example, actors (Deaf or hearing) fluent in Sign Language could integrate signing into a performance.

Some examples

Exhibition sparks conversation about autism

An invitation to speak at an Arts For All Otago Network meeting about making the arts accessible to autistic people sparked an exhibition at the Otago Museum of artwork by 28 autistic artists. Read more



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