About Meeting Place

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Meeting Place is the signature event of Arts Access Australia, the national peak body for arts and disability in Australia.

Meeting Place is a national forum created in 2012 to build stronger linkages and collaboration between stakeholders. Meeting Place is held annually and brings artists with disability together with industry leaders in an accessible and supported space, to present, perform, discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability.

The first international Meeting Place was held in Germany in 2017, hosted by Kulturprojekte Berlin GMBH. Head to our Gallery page to see highlights from this ground-breaking event. To find out about hosting a Meeting Place international forum please visit our Partners & Sponsors page.

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Meeting Place aims to…

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Present the latest information and research; and facilitate discussion and debate around best practice standards for access to the arts.
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Develop skills and knowledge in access and inclusion, through practical skill building workshops.
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Showcase leading artists with disability and examples of best practice in access to the arts to influence policy and practice.
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Create opportunities to connect to others, build new pathways, collaborations and alliances to create access to the Art.

Meeting Place is unique because it is:

Universal Access

Meeting Place strives to demonstrate best practice in inclusion, by creating universal access for all. Meeting Place engages people across all art forms, access needs and level of engagement. Delegates include: artists and arts workers; representatives from arts and disability organisations as well as arts and cultural leaders from local and national government bodies and the Australia Council for the Arts.

By bringing a diverse selection of the arts and disability sector together, Meeting Place creates an opportunity to showcase best practice in access standards and role model what good access looks and feels like.

The aim is for all Meeting Place forums to be live streamed to reach out and enable people who are unable to travel to participate.

History of Meeting Place

Meeting Place 2018

Alice Springs, Northern Territory. The first regional forum.

Date: 24-26 September, 2018
Venue: Araluen Arts Centre and Cultural Precinct
Hosted by: Incite Arts
Major Partners: Incite Arts and Northern Territory Government
Supporting Partners: Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Communications and the Arts, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs Town Council, Berlin Embassy, Goethe-Institut.
Funding Partners: Northern Territory Government, Department of Communities (NDCI Funding)

Meeting Place 2017

Berlin, Germany. The first international event.

Date: 16 October 2017
Venue: Podewil
Hosted by: Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
Major Partners: Berlinklusion
Supporting Partners: Förderband, Brotfabrik Gallery
Funding Partners: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; The Department of Communications & Arts; Friends of AAA.

Meeting Place 2017

Perth, Western Australia.

Date: 2 March 2017
Venue: University Club at UWA
Key Partners: DADAA and PIAF
Funding Partners: Australian Government through the Australia Council, and the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Meeting Place 2016

Adelaide, South Australia.

Meeting Place 2014

Hobart, Tasmania.

Meeting Place 2012

Melbourne, Victoria. The inaugural event.

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