The Evolution of Disability Arts in Australia

Project dates: 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2023

This project aims to create the first archive documenting, analysing and theorising disability arts in Australia. Australian disability arts is recognised globally for its innovation and impact. However, the historical legacy this celebrated contemporary work builds on is largely undocumented. This project aims to address this gap by studying archival records, conducting oral history interviews, and then co-designing a disability arts archive with artists and other stakeholders. It should benefit scholars, arts organisations, artists and government by creating a comprehensive, curated, culturally respectful record to inform present and future policy initiatives designed to make the arts industry more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Funding / Grants

  • ARC: Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture (SRI20) [$227,131] (2020 - 2023)