Creative Connections

Creative Connections - Session 31

Topic: Digital Equality: Finding inclusion in online spaces

Date: 15 July 2020

Time: 11am

Location of guest panelist: Martin Sawtell - Gaurna (Adelaide)

Location of host: Frances Robinson - Eora, Gadigal, (Sydney)

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Guest panelists: 

  • Martin Sawtell, Business Director, Access2ArtsGrowing up Martin wanted to be an astronaut but instead fell in love with arts administration. He has now spent over 15 years working as an arts manager, arts marketer and an experienced Community Cultural Development practitioner. Martin supports the development of artists, arts organisations and communities to build their knowledge and capacity in areas of project development, planning and budgeting.
  • Jody Holdback.

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About this episode

Is providing Auslan, captioning and audio describing online really enough? Does the COVID-19 inspired pivot towards online platforms enable presenters to remain connected to audiences and find new ones, or does it reinforce the digital divide reinforcing barriers experiencing by Deaf and disabled artists, arts workers and audiences?

Join Martin Sawtell and Jody Holdback from Access2Arts who will investigate the liberation and new challenges experienced by Deaf and disabled patrons as the shift to arts online takes place, during and post COVID-19. Gain some insights into best practice for your web content, some tips and ‘easy wins’ for making your online gatherings more accessible.

About the series

Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.

The series is focused around the theme of adaptation, and sessions will explore digital adaptation, leadership adaptation and arts practice adaptation. Sessions will be facilitated by experts in specific topic areas, with over thirty sessions available.

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If you need support during this challenging time, there are services available, including:

  • Support Act Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

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