Arts and Disability Research Project

Date posted: 
9 October 2008

Increasing participation in the arts for people with a disability

The State Government through the Office for Disability, Arts Victoria and Department of Human Services has commissioned the Cultural Development Network to undertake a research project examining ways that the participation of people with a disability in the arts, as artists and as audience members, can be increased. Stage Two of the project, now underway, includes three activities:

  • Survey About The Arts Experiences Of People With A Disability: If you have a disability and are involved in the arts, or would like to be, we seek your response to the project survey.

  • Public forums and focus groups, 14- 27 October,

    A series of public forums and focus groups are being held throughout Victoria, for people to respond to the project topics and discuss their ideas. Petra Kuppers, disability activist, artist and Associate Professor from the University of Ann Arbor Michigan and Neil Marcus, playwright and performer from San Francisco will be keynote speakers.

    Specific events are being targeted to arts educators, (Oct 14), artists with a disability (Oct 15), arts and disability organisations (Oct 16), arts organisations (Oct 17), disability service providers (Oct 20), and in regions Shepparton (Oct 22), Bendigo (Oct 24), Warrnambool (Oct 27).

  • Mapping Arts and Disability across Victoria

    Organisations offering arts activities and events to people with a disability will be invited to contribute information about their programs in a mapping activity, to be documented in a multimedia format.

Participation from individuals and organizations across Victoria in all of these activities is welcomed. We also encourage you to share this information about the project with your networks.

Visit the project wiki-site: to contribute to surveys and mapping, and for event information

For more information, please contact the Project Manager: John Smithies, Cultural Development Network, on [email protected] or 03 9658 9976