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Arts Programs


  • The Access Ensemble is a performing arts program designed specifically to cater for people with mild to moderate physical and/or intellectual disabilities based at studioQ, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith.
  • Beyond the Square a program of dance and performance for people with varying physical and intellectual disability based at Riverside Theatres Parramatta.
  • Buckingham House - Surry Hills based activity program presented by PRA, including a visual arts program and survey exhibition for people who have experienced mental health issues.
  • Camden Creative Studios combines traditional and digital arts to provide education, new skills and greater opportunities for creative expression to people of all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities in the Camden area.

  • Creative Youth Initiatives free creative programs in music and visual arts for young people aged 16 – 25 who are facing varied challenges including mental health issues, situated in Surry Hills.

  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre provides access audiences with the opportunity to engage with a variety of visual arts media in art classes that encourage active participation and mobility. A range of specific events are also offered to coincide with general exhibitions and programs.
  • Dance Oolites Inc provide dance classes for individuals with varying disabilities based in Glenbrook, Blue Mountains area.

  • Ever After Theatre Company Rozelle based performance program for people with disability, which includes working with professional artists, devising and performing regular shows.

  • Merry Makers dance troupe in Wahroonga with members ranging in age from 6 to 56 years, most of who have an intellectual or physical disability.

  • NIDA Open program short courses in theatre for people with intellectual disability run quarterly as part of the NIDA open program.

  • No Boundaries large scale architectural projection, interactive and playful displays and a gathering of people from Penrith, Blue Mountains and Sydney bringing together creative and talented people from all walks of life.
  • Pine Street Creative Arts Centre inner city arts centre situated in Chippendale that includes open access programs and outreach programs in a range of mediums.

  • Powerhouse Youth Theatre based in Western Sydney offering inclusive performing arts opportunities led by collaborative processes and participation.

  • PUSH Creative Arts based in Western Sydney provide creative opportunities for people with a disability to participate in the arts including performing on stage in the theatre, singing for an audience, exhibiting paintings, sculpture, reading poetry.

  • Recreation Rendezvous Chatswood based inclusive leisure service offering a variety of programs and courses including performance and drama.

  • Response Art and Design based in West Gosford, specialises in graphic design and screen printing while providing opportunities to talented artists with mild disabilities, to access realistic employment goals in the arts.
  • Roomies Marrickville based community art studio where artists with mixed abilities attend workshops, work individually or work with volunteer mentors to develop as practicing artists.
  • Shopfront Contemporary Arts & Performance, Carlton, hold weekly movement workshops for young people with disability, aged 12-25. The Bodylines workshop provides skills development and experience in the performing arts.
  • Studio ARTES Hornsby based studio providing artistic, educational, recreational and vocational training programs for adults with disability, including visual and performing arts.
  • Thinkspace Creative Digital Media Workshops an open access program is included at the Powerhouse Museum’s digital learning precinct to increase participation for people with disability in music technology.

  • Weave Arts Centre creative programs that enhance artistic skills for people who are marginalised or who experience a range of issues related to mental health, drug and alcohol use, crime, social exclusion, unemployment or domestic violence.

  • Urban Arts Base - a free arts based program in the eastern suburbs of Sydney for young people aged 15 to 30 who are experiencing or at risk of developing mental health issues. Regular in-studio classes and outreach programs.


  • Bago Magic Performance Group performance group based in Wauchope, with a majority of members experiencing disability and working across music, drama and visual arts.
  • Creating Connections - Accessible Arts North Coast Project works across the North Coast region of NSW to establish new arts and disability networks and support existing opportunities for people with disability to fully experience and participate in the Arts.
  • Dis/assemble Dance Project Wodonga based dance project producing performance and multi media works, in partnership with professional artists and dancers who experience disability.

  • Real Art Works Lismore based arts organization developing creative arts projects that include artists of varying abilities across a range of art forms.

  • Tra La La Blip electronic music collective of people with disability who produce and perform experimental music and electronica in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Regional Arts Organisations

  • Regional Arts Australia - Contains information and tools for people involved as artists and arts workers in regional Australia.

  • Regional Arts NSW - The peak body for the arts and community cultural development in regional and rural NSW.

Legal Advice for Artists & Arts Organisations

  • Arts Law Centre of Australia - The national community legal centre for the arts. The site provides information on legal issues for artists and arts organisations.


Peak Arts and Disability Organisations in Australia