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NSW Arts

Accessible Arts promotes and provides 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.



Arts Access Australia (AAA) is the peak national body for arts and disability.

We work to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences.

AAA is a disability-led organisation that provides three key services for our members:

      • Representation and Advocacy
      • Facilitation and Development
      • Information and Advice

We are unique because we work with people with disability in all areas of the arts, with all art forms, all age groups, and across all impairments.

We are a national organisation, and our headquarters will move around from time to time as we are hosted by our partners in different states and territories of Australia.



Art in the Garage provides a safe and supportive Art Studio for people with a disability living in the Bega Valley Shire.



Our Access Ensemble is a performing arts course designed specifically to cater for people with mild to moderate physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Experience all the thrills and creative challenges of acting and live performance.  Each week our Access Ensemble participate in acting, music and movement exercises designed to stimulate the creative imagination and develop skills in personal and creative self expression.   Across two terms each ensemble moves towards developing a performance for public showing.



Bago Magic Performance Group is a not for profit community performance group, which focuses on ensuring accessibility for all people, enabling people with a range of disabilities, as well as people without disabilities, to participate.  Under the guidance of highly qualified tutors, it provides weekly workshops in drama, visual arts, dance and music at Bourne House (Bago Mansion as they call it) in Port Macquarie.



Beyond the Square is Riverside Theatre’s dedicated performing arts program for people with disability. It is the only mainstream theatre company in Australia to have a dedicated program committed solely to the development of opportunities for people with disability in the arts.



Circus Arts - All activites for all abilities  We are a circus school in Byron Bay, NSW offering comprehensive circus classes and rock climbing for people of all ages and abilities.




Established in 1993, Sydney's Creative Youth Initiative (CYI), is a unique service that provides free creative programs for young people aged 16 - 25 who are facing many and varied challenges in their lives, such as Homelessness, Mental Health issues, Substance abuse, Family Breakdown, unemployment and  Poor educational experiences.



This not for profit incorporated association is a public benevolent institution which aims to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to dance and be involved in a rewarding, meaningful and inclusive dance group by implementing various strategies, ensuring maximum participation and enjoyment of all dancers.



The dis/assemble dance project works with dancers with and without disabilities to create contemporary multimedia dance works



Woolongong-DREAM BIG Dancers is a dance school for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Classes will include Jazz, Hip-Hop and Lyrical dancing.






An international collective of artists and performers who identify as having a disability or impairment.



The Marry Makers is an Australian Dance troupe.  They are a diverse group, ranging in age from 6-65, most of whom have a intellectual or physical disability.



Formed in 1956, the MFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands.



Nican is information on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts for people with disAbilities and supports an Australian society where any recreational opportunity values diversity, supports freedom and choice and strengthens inclusive communities.

Nican is funded as an Information Service by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.



Studio ARTES offers creative arts, recreational and vocational programs with "whole of life outcomes for adults with disabilities



“Our purpose is to create, design and implement unique dance/movmement experiences for EVERYONE regardless of gender, age, background or ability. We tailor dance and movement based programs to suit the needs of groups and individuals that may not be catered to in current dance practices.”




Don't DIS my ABILITY 2011

Audrey, the face of our campaign

Focus on Ability

Short Film Competition Finale

People of Beyond The Square 2012

Ever After TheatreCompany

Australian Dance Festival 2010

The Merry Makers

Studio Artes Hornsby

First Flight Crew Video clip, aarts NSW

Creative Youth Initiative (CYI)