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What we do

At Arts Access Aotearoa, all of the activities and events are undertaken through three strategic areas of work.

Strategic areas of work 2022–2025

The arts are accessible to Deaf and disabled people.

Arts Access Aotearoa will:

  • Support the development of sustainable and appropriate accessibility legislation.
  • Support art organisations to become accessible.
  • Support the development of a Deaf and disabled artists network.

The community arts sector is accessible.

Arts Access Aotearoa will support creative spaces:

  • to build their capability and professional development.
  • to strengthen networks that encourage collaboration and raise the profile of the sector.

The arts are accessible in justice settings.

Arts Access Aotearoa will:

  • Support Ara Poutama to develop an Art in Corrections framework, incorporated into the prison operating manual.
    Support Ara Poutama Aotearoa by facilitating the design and delivery of arts programmes in Corrections.



A model of how the world should be: Stuff reporter Bess Manson profiles Wellington creative hub Vincents Art Workshop. Read the article

Artist spotlight: Jen, an artist at Studio2 in Dunedin, talks about what she loves about the creative space. Watch on YouTube

Queen of CubaDupa: Lusi Faiva talks about dance and her Samoan culture in this video from Attitude. You can also read more about Lusi

One to watch: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Connecting through music: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Access for all: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa


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