Maitland Arts: Accessible and Inclusive FREE Forum

Storm_Creative_Exchange_Photo_Justine_Cogan_2016Following on from the success of a similar forum in Port Stephens in April, Octapod is presenting a free forum on 9 May that will bring together the arts and disability communities of Maitland to discuss access and inclusion in the arts within the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The day aims to inspire individuals with and without disability and organisations from the arts and disability communities to support inclusive and accessible arts in Maitland.

This is an Auslan interpreted event.


WHEN: Monday 9 May 2016

TIME: 10am-1pm (including light lunch). Registration from 9.30am

WHERE: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St Maitland.



9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and Maitland Regional Art Gallery: Inclusive and Accessible

Maitland Regional Art Gallery

10:10 Ability Links Maitland Program

Ability Links Maitland

10:20 The NDIS and the Person Centred Approach

National Disability Insurance Agency

10:55 Leadership in arts and disability – information, advocacy and the facilitation of excellence in arts practice

Accessible Arts

11:10 Creative arts practices

Mai-Wel Creative Arts Program

11:20 Cultural Mapping Workshop

Partnerships, Collaboration and Creative Pathways


12:05 What’s next and feedback

12:15 Networking and lunch

1:00 End

Free Forum Registration

To register, please send an email to Justine Cogan with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Organisation and Role (if applicable)
  • Your Phone
  • Your Email
  • Access requirements (Please specify eg Auslan interpreter)
  • Please write a brief description of your interest/organisation/arts practice in relation to access and inclusion in the arts (No more than 100 words) (This information will be collated and circulated to attendees on the day)
  • Are you staying for lunch? Yes/No
  • Dietary requirements (Please specify)

Closing date for Registration: Monday 2 May

ACCESS: Building is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets. Reserved accessible car parks are available at the rear of the building in the MRAG car park.  There are two designated accessible car spaces, but as the gallery is closed on Monday there will be more car spaces available near to the wheelchair accessible ramp to the Gallery.

For any other access queries, please contact Justine Cogan at Octapod via or call 4021 1605.

For more information: Contact Justine Cogan at Octapod via or call 4021 1605.