An exciting new partnership is underway between Accessible Arts and Octapod, the Lower Hunter region’s key arts and cultural service organisation.

This partnership between the two organisations is about undertaking a research project focused on the arts and cultural needs of people with disability in the Lower Hunter.

As part of Accessible Arts efforts to engage with arts and disability outside of Sydney, Dr Riona Tindal, the organisation’s Deaf Arts Officer, will be based at the Octapod office for eight Mondays over the coming months.

The project aims to collect up-to-date and accurate information to support the design and development of activities to more effectively build the capacity of artists and the creative sector. It will also connect people with disability to local arts and cultural resources, information and programs in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region. The project will also gather information that Accessible Arts can use to advocate for the needs of artists with disability by feeding it back to the NSW Government, particularly Create NSW.

Riona will be travelling around the Lower Hunter to meet with artists with disability to find out about their arts and cultural needs. She will assist artists who need support to complete the current online survey which is open until 12 August. The purpose of the survey is to improve support for disability arts, screen and culture in NSW. To connect with the survey, visit

Riona will also be available to provide information regarding what artists with disability in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter are doing right now. Can the public meet with Riona? Yes, individuals and groups can organise a meeting with Riona by emailing

In Riona’s words “I am so pleased to be spending this time at Octapod in the Lower Hunter. This is a region that is close to my heart. I look forward to meeting people and looking for ways to facilitate access for artists with disability in the region over the eight Mondays.”

Photo: Riona by Susan Wright

For more information, please contact:

Christina Robberds, Director Octapod
Tel: 02 4021 1605
Mob: 0415 699 227

Wanda Sadowski, Marketing and Communications Manager Accessible Arts
Tel: 02 9251 6499
Mob: 0429 918 711