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Useful resources

This page contains resources and publications. Please let us know about any resources you think others would enjoy reading on topics related to arts access.

Arts Access Aotearoa publications

Over the years, we’ve published a number of books about cultural community development, art spaces and programmes for people and communities with limited access to the arts. These include the following titles.

Arts For All: increasing access to the arts for disabled people

The arts are for everyone. Arts Access Aotearoa updated and published the second edition of Arts for All in April 2014. This guide provides practical and long-term ways for artists, arts organisations, venues, touring companies, festivals and venues to enhance their access, market their events to the disabled community and build new audiences.

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What's the story?

"People in the sectors we work with – arts, disability, criminal justice – value the opportunities to make connections, share insights and knowledge, seek advice and be inspired. Arts Access Aotearoa provides these opportunities through the regional networks it facilitates," write Chair Howard Fancy and Executive Director Richard Benge in the their report introducing the stories and statisitics that encapsulate the work of Arts Access Aotearoa in 2017.


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Performance review 2017 

Arts Access Aotearoa’s independent Auditor Reports for the year ended 31 December 2017 are published in its Performance review 2017. This document includes its Statement of Service Performance, Statement of Financial Performance, Statement of Financial Position, Statement of Cash Flows, Statement of Accounting Policies and Notes to the Performance Report.


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Universal design in Auckland

The Auckland Design Manual is a website aimed at Aucklanders who are designing and building various different types of spaces, from commercial buildings to homes to streets and parks. Its aim is to give tips on best design practice. Its section on Universal Design, which is relevant no matter where in the country you are, describes UD as “design for inclusivity and independence. A universal design approach recognises human diversity and designs for life scenarios, such as pregnancy, childhood, injury, disability and old age.” 

Shining a light on disability theatre

Fifteen years of work in disability performance, which has put Christchurch at the forefront of research and practice in a growing global movement, has culminated in the publication of a new book by Dr Tony McCaffrey, a lecturer in Creative Industries at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts, Ara Institute. In 2004, he established A Different Light Theatre Company, an ensemble of performers with intellectual disabilities. and has since contributed to an international network that is challenging assumptions about theatre, disability and what it means to be an inclusive society.

McCaffrey’s book, Incapacity and Theatricality: Politics and Aesthetics in Theatre Involving Actors with Intellectual Disabilities, is published by Routledge and offers a recent history of key global theatrical performances across different media involving performers with intellectual disabilities. Available on Amazon

Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit

Community arts are created by, with and for a community. Creative New Zealand Community Arts Tool Kit: Keteparaha Mō Ngā Toi Hapori includes videos of New Zealanders sharing their experiences and what they've learned. There are also tip sheets, tools, and examples of successful projects and events to get you inspired. Visit Creative New Zealand's website 

Demonstrating the value of your work

Creative & INCredible Aotearoa aims to support artists and arts organisations to demonstrate the value of their work. Described as a basic 101 level resource, it helps you explore such things as gathering data and evidence; ways to tell stories about your work; and how to access support and links to further resources. It was created by Amber Walls and Rachael Trotman.

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