Arts Activated is Australia’s leading national forum for arts, culture and disability.

It’s a biennial conference produced and presented by Accessible Arts – NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation – to inform, connect and activate people and organisations involved with Australia’s arts and disability sector. 

Arts Activated 2021 is set to attract hundreds of delegates from all over Australia and around the world who’ll gather to share information and ideas about advancing arts and disability, both for arts practitioners with disability and audiences with disability.

A short statured woman is standing on stage in front of a red curtain. She is wearing a gold dress and holding an old-fashioned microphone in a chrome casing. The words BUILDING BETTER PARTICIPATION are in the bottom of the image. A graphic element comprising pink, yellow and blues shapes is in the top left corner.

Our Impact

Since the first Arts Activated in 2007, the event has grown to become an important fixture on Australia’s arts industry calendar attracting a diverse array of delegates including artists, arts workers, disability advocates, researchers, policymakers and other experts from across the arts, cultural and disability sectors.

The conference provides a really valuable opportunity for artists with disability to share their knowledge and experience as well as connect with other artists and arts workers from NSW, across Australia and overseas. It’s also a unique platform for people working in the arts, cultural and event sectors to share their approaches to accessibility and better understand how to increase participation in their programs, performances, exhibitions and events.

Delegates will be able to use the conference as an opportunity to connect with others, exchange knowledge, ask questions, learn from best practice case studies, develop new skills, shift perceptions, provide new ways of thinking and widen perspectives.

Event Team

Production Team
Producer – Accessible Arts
Event Programmer – Hanna Cormick
Production Consultant – Clive McFarland | Small Talk Events  

Advisory Panel
Caroline Bowditch
Eugenie Lee
Gayle Kennedy
Sofya Gollan
Bruno Booth
Joshua Pether


Arts Activated 2021 is being presented in partnership with a range of industry, community, government, corporate and media partners. 

Principal Partners
NSW Government | Create NSW
Western Sydney University
Vivid Sydney

Major Partners
Sydney Opera House
Arts Gallery of NSW
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
NSW Trustee & Guardian
Australian Government
Australia Council
City of Sydney

Event Partners
Life Without Barriers
Inner West Council
Deaf Society

Supporting Partners
Media Super
AI Media
Small Talk Events
Museum & Galleries NSW
Sydney Festival
UNSW Disability Innovation Institute

Media Partners
Arts Hub
Link Magazine