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Our History

On the 1 April 1974, Arts Access began as a one-person, six-month community arts project based at the Victorian Council of Social Services in Collingwood and led by founder, Judy Morton.

40 years on, now based in the City of Port Phillip in offices beside the beautiful South Melbourne Town Hall, Arts Access Victoria employs more than 60 people and, in 2014/15, delivered a total of 82 public outcomes, engaged more than 24,000 artists with disability and attracted 82,215 audience members to our exhibitions, performances arts programs and events.

Since its beginnings, Arts Access has facilitated the artistic aspirations of thousands of artists working across all artforms to build the creative case for inclusion, with the knowledge that artists with disability have important and unique contributions to make to our cultural identity.

Through this work, AAV has become a significant part of the cultural landscape, and has served as a training ground for many of our most outstanding community arts and cultural development practitioners and industry leaders.

But while our achievements have been many, the journey of Arts Access is far from over. There are still significant hurdles to overcome before equity of arts and cultural participation for people with disability is fully realised.

In 2016, AAV will be more ambitious than ever in responding to the underrepresentation of people with disability in the arts, by addressing the barriers which impede cultural participation and generating dynamic pathways that foster innovative and inclusive arts practice within the broader arts and cultural community.

We will continue to place people with disability at the heart of everything we do through a range of artistic endeavours, and continue to make Art. For every body.