13 Tips for better inclusive practice

From art criticism to language choice, disability and education - local and international leaders in the disability arts sector offer tips for greater inclusive practice.

When it comes to the inclusive practice of disability arts, we can all do a little better. It is not through a lack of well-versed support – largely the arts are an empathetic sector that champions diversity – rather, it is most often a case of resources.

Disability access and inclusive disability-led programming and policy do not always sit high on the priority list when rolling out cash when there are performance and exhibitions to put on, festivals to mount and other programs barking for attention. But such excuses are no longer valid if organisations choose to be truly inclusive.

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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