Energy and synergy across borders

A panel of leading arts and disability advocates at the recent Arts Activated 2021 Conference, Going the Distance, explored how local and international artists navigated a post-COVID reality.

COVID lockdowns and social distancing measures have necessitated new ways of making: artists from all over the world and across different arts practices have been forced to exploit digital technologies to create solo and communal work. But what kind of opportunities and benefits are there in these new practices for creative collaborations both near and afar?

Going the Distance, a conference at Arts Activated 2021 Conference, tracked some these approaches by leading disability arts companies in South Australia and Korea ( as well as a disability-led collective of artists working across Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom (the deluge collective)

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on