Innovation and creativity go hand in hand, especially in the realm of arts and culture where creativity needs to be constantly shape-shifting to ensure...

Innovating Art Through Disability


The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Free event - registration required
Innovating Art Through Disability
Innovating Art Through Disability


Dan Graham

Dan Graham

Dan Graham is a young neurodiverse writer/director from Sydney. He holds BA, MCA (Theatre), Specialising in Directing, from UTAS and Honours in Performance Studies from The University of Sydney. He has directed plays including Christie in Love by Howard Brenton, A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter and Wolf Lullaby by Hilary Bell. In 2013 he directed The Crucible by Arthur Miller for LCT as an “hommage” to the 60th Anniversary of the play. After this he was asked by Iain Sinclair to be the dramaturge on All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Iain Sinclair directed this production for Darlinghurst Theatre. He has had directing secondments at MTC, Victorian Opera, The Ensemble, Opera Australia (twice), Bell Shakespeare, Sport For Jove and was invited to a directing secondment on The Book of Everything directed by Neil Armfield. He is also an active advocate for arts practitioners with disability.

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Morwenna Collett

An accomplished leader, consultant and facilitator with 15 years experience in government, arts, not for profit and university sectors, Morwenna has worn the hats of CEO, Board Director, senior management team member, project manager, lecturer, researcher, trainer and advisor. Deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, Morwenna is sought after for her expertise in the fields of the arts, disability and accessibility, with her work influenced by her own lived experience as a musician with disability.
She has helped transform approaches to diversity for a wide range of organisations, including the Unlimited Commissions Programme (UK), Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, Blacktown Arts Centre and the Australia Council for the Arts. She has also developed national programs and initiatives, contributed to significant pieces of national arts and disability policy, raised funding from new revenue streams and expanded organisations into new areas.

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Jackie Leach Scully

Jackie Leach Scully is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a disability activist. Over the years her research has looked at people with disability in medicine and healthcare, including controversial topics such prenatal genetic selection, assistive technologies, and access to care in health emergencies. Jackie is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Hastings Center in New York, and in 2020 was named as one of Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI+ Leaders. She is married to a musician and is interested in music and deafness.

Eugenie Lee

Eugenie Lee

Eugenie Lee is a Korean-Australian interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual focus on persistent pain. She investigates the psycho-social components of pain-related perceptions and experiences through various media and technologies that often stem from collaborations with pain researchers and clinicians.

Event Details

Innovation and creativity go hand in hand, especially in the realm of arts and culture where creativity needs to be constantly shape-shifting to ensure the work produced by artists remains compelling and relevant.

One of the most exciting areas in contemporary arts and culture is the work being created by artists with disability. Their unconventional talent and distinctive work is elevating our collective experience of art and transforming how we understand and respond to disability.

Innovative ways people with disability are included as audiences also impact on how work is performed and presented, which is delivering even more exciting possibilities for the evolution of creativity.

Join four of NSW’s leading voices in arts and disability as they explore how people with disability are changing the culture of creativity. Discover their exciting new approaches and projects as well as those of other local and international practitioners. Find out about the latest research around creative accessibility for artists and audiences with disability.

Meet your panelists:

• neurodiverse writer/director Dan Graham who directed the powerful coming out drama Sam I Am

• interdisciplinary artist Eugenie Lee who focuses on medical science and chronic pain

• Director of UNSW's Disability Innovation Institute Professor Jackie Leach Scully

• arts, disability and accessibility expert consultant Morwenna Collett.

Presented by Accessible Arts – NSW's peak arts and disability organisation. Part of the program for Arts Activated 2021, Australia's leading arts and disability conference: Arts Activated

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