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Access All Areas: championing Deaf and disabled equality in arts and culture

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Access All Areas: championing Deaf and disabled equality in arts and culture

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June, 9:15am – 4pm

Radford Auditorium (Art Gallery of South Australia) and online

Access All Areas is a two-day, interactive symposium exploring how galleries, museums and the broader arts and cultural sector can champion equality through their spaces, programs and consultation.

Convened by the Arts and Cultural Access Community of Practice and supported by Arts South Australia, the event will elevate disabled voices alongside the work of allies in the arts and cultural sector.

Featuring panel discussions, training, workshops, lightning talks and networking opportunities, Access all areas will empower delegates to:

  • Plan and implement programs for Deaf and disabled audiences
  • Build networks across Adelaide’s extensive arts and disability sector
  • Consider access across all aspect of operations, from programming to people and culture
  • Collaborate with Deaf and disabled artists
  • Advocate for improved access within the sector

Presenters include: 

Anna Zagala, Associate Curator, Samstag Museum of Art (she/her)

Bec Young, Chief Executive, Access2Arts (she/her)

Grace Marlow, Public Programs Coordinator, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (they/them)

Karina Morgan, Education Support Officer, Art Gallery of South Australia (she/her)

Lara Torr, Manager Strategic Projects, South Australian Museum (she/her)

Meg Riley, Access and Inclusion Coordinator, Access2Arts (she/they)

Natalie Carfora, Exhibitions Lead, MOD. (she/her)

Natalie Castree, Manager Access and Learning, South Australian Museum (she/her)

Further presenters and a full program will be released soon. 

If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please explore the get involved section for more information.

Get involved

Do you have a great story to tell about Deaf and disabled equality in the arts and cultural sector? Or do you have a great example to share from another sector? We are calling for expressions of interest for the Lightning Strikes section of the symposium.

Lightning Strikes are short, snappy presentations designed to spark an idea amongst the symposium attendees, to highlight one of your projects, or explore a concept or word that has a lot of meaning to you.


Ideal length for presentations is five minutes, but this is flexible and more time can be negotiated for participants with a communication disability.

Lightning Strikes presentations will take place on both days of the symposium.

Please contact or phone 0407 184 575 if you require an application process in another format.

If your proposal is successful, you will receive a free ticket to the event. An access stipend to support transport or other costs is available for Deaf or disabled applicants.

Applications are open until 5pm on Friday 5 May and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by Friday 12 May.

Access information for this event

Access All Areas is designed the be innately accessible. Accommodations will include:

  • An event access guide, including transport and venue information, to be shared prior to the event
  • Auslan interpretation (with attendees able to access interpreters during breaks for networking purposes)
  • Closed captions (in-room and online)
  • A dedicated quiet room
  • Livestream access for any delegates who are unable to attend both days in-person
  • Recovery breaks throughout the program
  • Elements of audio description embedded into symposium presentations
  • Access advocates at the event, who can be approached to support unforeseen access requirements in real-time
  • An optional Deaf and disabled-only session to support cultural safety and autonomy

What will this look like in practice? We are trying to create an event where delegates can move, respond, communicate, rest and interact in ways that support their needs. This will not be an event where you sit and observe presenters for hours without a break. We encourage delegates to share their access requirements through the booking process and work with organisers to ensure an accessible event experience.


Tickets range from $20 - $120. All tickets include full, two-day access to the symposium. Single day tickets are not available. Delegates will have access to the livestream, if they are unable to attend on both days.

Event tickets include morning and afternoon tea as well as a light lunch.

Free accessible tickets

Limited free tickets are available for delegates who face financial barriers to access this event. These tickets are available in the following categories:

  • Individual, Deaf/disabled:
    • this category is for Deaf or disabled people who are not representing an organisation at the event. This may include practicing artists, students in arts and cultural fields or independent contractors in related fields
    • If you are a Deaf or disabled person representing an organisation, please apply in the organisation category
  • Organisation, volunteer/staff:
    • this category is for volunteers or staff of organisations that are unable to support the cost of a paid ticket. This may include community museums, disability advocacy bodies or artist run initiatives

You will be notified of the result of your application within 7 days. Applications for free tickets will close on 31 May or when the allocation is exhausted.

Applications from individuals or organisations with strong links to the arts and cultural sector will be prioritised.

Applications have now closed. 

About the Arts and Cultural Access Community of Practice

The Arts and Cultural Access Community of Practice was convened by the South Australian Museum in 2015 and has grown to encompass staff from the Art Gallery of South Australia, MOD., Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, Nexus Arts, Access2Arts, Adelaide Botanic Gardens and History Trust of South Australia.

The group shares skills and experience to support the growth of access and inclusion initiatives in the arts and cultural sector.


Enquiries about Access All Areas: championing Deaf and disabled equality in arts and culture can be directed to:  

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Main Image Description: A person in a striped shirt with brown hair holds an iPad up to an artwork made of many balls of clear glass. The iPad shows a captioned video of a Deaf Auslan interpreter. Blue text overlaid on the photo reads “Symposium, Access All Areas, 8-9 June 2023, AGSA and online.”

Other images: The South Australian Government logo of a piping shrike in a circle, accompanied by the reading Government of South Australia - Arts South Australia
Black and white logos for Access 2 Arts, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, Art Gallery of South Australia, MOD., South Australian Museum, and Samstag. the logos are aligned horizontally and alphabetically. 

The Arts and Cultural Access Community of Practice acknowledges that this event has been developed on unceded Aboriginal land and will take place on the unceded lands of the Kaurna People.
The Kaurna People are an enduring community with ongoing connections to Country and we pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

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