Arts Access Australia’s annual arts and disability forum Meeting Place will take place in Alice Springs for the first time.
Held at the Araluen Arts Centre from 24 to 26 September, the forum will be co-hosted by Incite Arts and will attract over 200 national and international delegates who share a mission to build stronger relationships and collaborations between stakeholders in the arts and disability sectors.
In a recent statement by Arts Access Australia, CEO Meagan Shand said the decision to hold the event in Alice Springs was made “in a bid to provide a megaphone for regional artists with disability.”
“Where 2017 saw us enter into a global dialogue on arts and disability through our first international Meeting Place, in 2018 we intend to bring the conversation back to the very heart of Australia,” said Ms Shand. “We look forward to working with regional artists and leaders to create access to the arts for people with disability.”
Incite Arts’ CEO Jenine Mackay believes holding the forum in Alice Springs will provide a unique opportunity for the arts and disability sector to discuss the needs of Northern Territory-based Aboriginal artists who have a disability.
“Research shows Australia’s regional participation in the creative arts is in decline, largely due to decreases in remote Northern Territory and Queensland.” Ms Mackay said.
“This is very concerning, given the importance of regional Australia to our cultural narrative. The Meeting Place forum will provide a critical platform to discuss why this is happening and what we can do to better support our regional artists with disability.”
Artists and arts workers with and without disability, representatives from arts and disability organisations, and arts and cultural leaders from local and national arts organisations and government bodies are encouraged to attend. Tickets to Meeting Place go on sale in May via their website.
This is the sixth Meeting Place forum hosted by Arts Access Australia, the peak advocacy body for arts and disability in Australia.
In previous years Meeting Place has been held in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Berlin, Germany. The move to Alice Springs is supported by The Northern Territory Government’s Strategic Arts Program, a new initiative prioritising funding for artists with disabilities, independent producers, curators and arts industry development.