In the last year, our industry experienced a crash course in living at the mercy of disease. We’ve all learnt a lot about resilience, adaptability and living life without planning too far ahead: making, cancelling and re-imagining art at the whims of illness. These are all things that many of our colleagues with chronic health conditions and disabilities have known for years.
Now, as the COVID-19 vaccine enters the arms of Australians for the first time, this is the moment to reflect on what we have learnt and what we still have to learn. If non-disabled artists listen to those with chronic illness and disabilities, we may yet re-build as a kinder, more robust arts industry that is ready for anything and anyone.