Ageing, Disability & Home Care

New arts funding for people with disability in NSW

On 28 March 2012 the Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, George Souris, announced funding of $1.5 million over two years for a NSW Arts and Disability Partnership.

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Arts NSW in the NSW Department of Trade and Investment have formed the partnership to deliver programs that:

  • increase opportunities for people with disability to participate in arts and cultural activities;
  • support creative practice for people with disability; and
  • support the development of excellence in arts and disability projects and programs.

The partnership is part of the NSW Government's commitment to the National Disability Strategy and is funded under ADHC's Stronger Together Two initiative.

Programs funded under the partnership in 2012

In February 2012 Arts NSW sought proposals for arts workshops and programs from identified arts organisations and disability organisations in metropolitan and regional NSW that have a track record in delivering high quality arts programs for people with disability.

Arts NSW will also work with peak arts and disability organisations to deliver:

  • education and advocacy workshops in regional NSW; and
  • resources to develop employment opportunities in the arts sector for people with disability.

The partnership also includes professional development funding for artists with disability in NSW.  Details on how artists with disability can apply for professional development funding will be announced later in 2012.

Guiding principles

The NSW Arts and Disability Partnership is based on the following principles:

  • People with disability make significant contributions to arts and culture in NSW;
  • People with disability should be able to live creative lives and their artistic aspirations and achievements should be a valued and visible part of our culture;
  • Participation in arts and cultural activities by people with disability helps to expand creative and social networks and to create more socially inclusive and equitable communities; and
  • People with disability have a valued role in the workplace.

More Information

For more information on arts programs funded under the NSW Arts and Disability Partnership contact Ms Kim Spinks, Manager, Capacity and Development, Arts NSW on 02 9228 5426 or

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