Port Stephens Arts: Inclusive and Accessible FORUM

Storm_Creative_Exchange_Photo_Justine_Cogan_2016This free forum on 8 April will bring together the arts and disability communities of Port Stephens to discuss access and inclusion in the arts within the context of the upcoming launch 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 Port Stephens.

Free one-on-one consultations for artists and arts organisations/groups will be available in May focused on increasing arts and cultural participation for people with disability and support for career development for artists with disability in Port Stephens.

WHEN: Friday 8 April 2016

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

WHERE: #NEW VENUE# Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens Hall, 17E Irrawang St Raymond Terrace

Auslan interpreted event. Wheelchair accessible venue.

9:30                Registration

10:00              Welcome and Port Stephens Arts: Inclusive and Accessible : Port Stephens Council and Ability Links Port Stephens

10:10               Overview of Forum : Octapod

10:15               The NDIS and the Person Centred Approach : National Disability Insurance Agency

10:45               Leadership in arts and disability – information, advocacy and the facilitation of excellence in arts practice : Accessible Arts

11:00               Partnerships, Collaboration and Creative Pathways : Octapod

11:15               Creative Warm-Up 

11.35               Cultural Mapping Interactive Workshop : Octapod

11:55               Barriers to Access and Inclusion Discussion : Octapod

12:05               What’s next and feedback : Sign up for one-on-one consultations (dates and times to be advised)

12.15               Networking and lunch

1:00                 End


Free Forum Registration

To register, please send an email to Justine Cogan access@octapod.org 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 4 April

Access: Building is wheelchair accessible, with one accessible toilet onsite. Access to the building is via level ground. Two reserved accessible car parks are available at the venue.

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

For more information: Contact Justine Cogan at Octapod via access@octapod.org or call 4021 1605.