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Heading West Arts and Disability project reaching high

The Heading West Arts and Disability project has been received with overwhelming positivity from the New England North West giving the strategic partnership between Accessible Arts and Arts Northern Rivers a supportive platform to flourish from.

The initiative is funded by through a Regional Partnership Grant through the NSW Government Arts and Culture Development Project administered by Arts NSW.

Julie Barratt from Accessible Arts NSW will visit the New England-North West region next week to engage with arts and disability stakeholders. She will also continue her mentorship of Arts and Disability Officer, Steph Brummell.  Julie is a recognised leader in the regional arts and disability sector who led the highly successful Connecting Communities Program on the North Coast.

Steph said Julie’s visit to the region will bring added support for the EnAble Arts network.

‘We’re looking to establish an innovative project steering committee  that will focus on the development of creative projects that foster inclusivity, accessibility and the sustainability of creativity opportunities and support for the talents and aspirations of artists with disability in our region,’ she said.

Following the establishment of the steering committee, a community forum will be held at the end of July to engage with stakeholders and discuss how the Heading West project can develop ways to overcome the physical distance between artists and opportunities, increase professionalism and partnerships, and to promote more inclusive practice across the region.

For more information or to meet with Julie and Steph next week, call 02 6732 4988 or email


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