Creating Pathways: Insights on support for artists with disability
Every Australian should be able to experience the transformative power of art and participate in the cultural life of the nation, no matter where they live, what language they speak, their life stage, or circumstances.
The Australia Council believes that Australia’s diversity is a great cultural asset. We recognise artists with disability as vital contributors to Australia’s arts and culture. Disability in the arts offers excellence and artistry, as well as unique perspectives and lived experiences that challenge and redefine aesthetics.
Artists with disability contribute layers of powerful expression, creativity and storytelling. Their work engenders dialogue, empathy and understanding, and can shift perceptions of disability through authentic insights. Disability in the arts is about the potential of art to change lives.
The Australia Council has a longstanding commitment to access and inclusion, and fostering representation and diversity in the arts. We recognise the barriers and inequities in society that impact on arts practice and participation, including for people with disability.
The Council has a legislative mandate to support art that reflects the diversity of Australia. This mandate is central to our national leadership role fostering excellence in the arts and increasing national and international engagement with Australian arts and artists.
This report brings together findings and insights from a range of research undertaken in 2017–18 to inform the Council’s approach to future support for artists with disability.