Accessible Arts


Accessible Arts is the peak arts + disability organisation across NSW and a registered charity. We are only part-funded from government sources (approx. 60%), the remainder coming from fundraising and philanthropy. The organisation has been in existence for almost 30 years. Accessible Arts has been nominated three times for the Australian Human Rights Award, receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ in 2009, and received the Excellence in Regional Innovation Award (Organisation) in 2012′s inaugural NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards.


We promote inclusion in the arts, working across all disabilities, all age groups and all art forms, and provide opportunities for people with disability to participate in arts and cultural activities, either as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists. Accessible Arts offers a free advisory and advocacy service to 1/3 of the Australian population, receiving approximately 10,000 enquiries per year.


Accessible Arts believes that all individuals regardless of personal circumstances should have the opportunity to access art and culture in their communities. Across NSW, almost 20% of the population are with disability – that’s over 1 million people. For many of these people, participation in cultural activities is difficult. For 200,000 people, disability imposes severe restrictions on daily activity. The population of people with disability in Australia is projected to increase by 1.9 million (41 per cent) from 2009 to 2027.