Technology means disability is no longer invisible, but it’s not enough

Wongaiibon woman, and wheelchair user Gayle Kennedy used her keynote speech at Artstate Wagga Wagga to say, 'Stop, you are not going to use that excuse with us anymore.'

Award-winning writer, Wongaiibon woman, and wheelchair user Gayle Kennedy put her own unique spin on the Artstate Wagga Wagga theme of Walking Together, in her keynote speech.

Not mincing words, Kennedy said flatly: ‘In the space of a short few months you have shown your hand – it suits you [this digital pivot], but it also suits us! And we are not going back.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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