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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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He aha ngā tāke kōrero? | What’s the story? 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardenr speaks at the Creative New Zealand conference, Nui Te Korero"'One little word when it comes to the arts is so valuable and important to me – access,' said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the opening address of Creative New Zealand’s conference, Nui Te Korero, in May 2018. Access to the arts! This is a powerful statement at the highest level of the New Zealand Government about the importance of the arts in people’s lives and in the communities where we live.

"The Prime Minister’s statement reflects Arts Access Aotearoa’s name and its vision of a society where everyone in New Zealand can participate in the arts. After all, access to the arts is a basic human right, write Arts Access Aotearoa Chair Karen Webster and Executive Director Richard Benge in their report introducing the stories and statistics that encapsulate the work of Arts Access Aotearoa in 2018.


PDF icon He aha ngā tāke kōrero? What's the story? 2018

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New Zealand

Copyright Licensing New Zealand

When your art is reproduced, you could be eligible for payment. Copyright Licensing New Zealand offers a licensing management service and takes care of the entire process for artists and writers – from negotiating terms of use and costs through to paying the artist. A copyright licence provides comprehensive permission to organisations wanting to use art for promotional or commercial purposes, including brochures, catalogues, online or as part of a design. Check out its website

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.” 

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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US: Accessibility in the Arts: a promise and a practice

This guide is focused on the capacity of small-scale arts organisations to meet the needs of disabled communities. It details ways that disabled people are excluded from cultural spaces and offers possible solutions to those barriers. This 36-page guide to accessibility, published in the US, says that sometimes organisations list access information in the “About” or “Info” section of their websites instead of featuring it prominently on the homepage. “The only thing more inaccessible than an inaccessible space is not providing information about how the space is structured.” Read more 

UK: Access to Work

Arts Council England and Disability Arts Online have published a digital guide to Access to Work, an employment support programme in the UK. The guide, which is available in a variety of different formats, clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. There are three sections to the guide: one for self-employed workers, one for employees (or prospective employees) and one for employers. A growing number of resources complement the guide, including case studies and information on how Access to Work relates to Arts Council funding. Each section of the guide has a video version, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions. You can find the guide here, a blog about it here, and an article about it here.



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