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Regional & Rural

Accessible Arts provides services to the arts and disability sectors in regional and remote areas of New South Wales to promote full inclusion, access and cultural opportunities in the arts for people with disability.

Our Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy ensures that the services of Accessible Arts extend across New South Wales and the areas that lie along the borders of the state. In these areas there are many people with disability who actively participate or have an interest in the arts.

Current Projects

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Recent Initiatives

Creating Connections Website

Past Projects

Regional Arts NSW Network

Accessible Arts is working with Regional Arts NSW to foster the development of arts and disability policy and programs in Rural and Regional communities. There are 14 Regional Arts Development Boards in NSW, each providing strategic direction for sustainable arts and cultural development in their region.   Each Regional Arts Development Board employs a Regional Arts Development Officer (RADO) and, in most instances, other staff who coordinate a cultural development program across the contributing local government areas in their region. This includes producing a website for the region and publishing free regular newsletters to inform each region about opportunities and events in the arts.

Subscribe to or promote your arts event through your local Regional Arts Development Board’s newsletter.


  • Frequently Asked Questions - Rural and Regional
  • The Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy
    In August 2010, the Accessible Arts Board approved the Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy 2010-12. Accessible Arts is ensuring that rural and regional people and the specific issues they face are included in policy and project planning and decision making, and this actively translates into services and organisational development.

    The Speak Up: Arts & Disability Priorities for NSW identifies the findings captured by Accessible Arts from face to face consultations in regional and metropolitan NSW between 2006 and 2009. People from regional areas raised many issues during consultations in Albury, Armidale, Ballina, Broken Hill, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Goulburn, Moruya, Moss Vale, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.  

    Based on those findings and in further consultation with stakeholders, the Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy 2010-12 was developed across four key areas: Capacity Building, Recognition and Communication, Access and Participation, and Sector connection.  The Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy 2010-12 is an active document and revised regularly. Ongoing comments and ideas that contribute to the strategy and meeting its goals are welcome.

    Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy (Word, 224KB)

Further Information

Contact Julie Barratt, Regional Arts Development Manager,