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Arts Access Australia is a disability-led company limited by guarantee, governed by a volunteer board. It was originally established as a project of Arts Access Victoria in 1992, and became a fully incorporated organisation in 1998.
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Belinda Locke

Chairperson / Ordinary Board Member from VIC

Belinda Locke is a theatre-maker, director, and disability advocate based in Melbourne. She has been acknowledged for her work as an artist and emerging leader by her award of the Rose Byrne Scholarship for an Emerging Female Leader in the Arts (2016), and her selection for Australia Council for the Arts’ Sync Leadership program (2014). Belinda’s artistic practice brings to light hidden stories and experiences through performance. She has worked on projects with Sydney Theatre Company, Berlinklusion (Berlin), Australian Theatre for Young People, Australian Theatre Company (Los Angeles), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, amongst others.

Belinda has curated and produced a number of national independent arts festivals in Australia. In 2017 she delivered keynote speeches in Hollywood and Berlin, and was honoured as part of the G’Day USA events in Los Angeles. Belinda participated in the Foundation for Young Australian’s Innovation Nation program (2018) as a young person leading social change. Belinda was a Next Wave X artist in 2019, and will feature in the Next Wave 2020 festival. She served as the Chair of Crack Theatre Festival (2016 – 2020), and is the Philanthropy Coordinator at Malthouse Theatre, VIC.

Liz Martin

Deputy Chairperson / Original Board Member from NSW

As a disabled artist and advocate, Liz Martin believes in the importance of an Australian arts sector that is authentically representative, diverse, and inclusive for all.

With this framework, Liz has worked for over twenty years across the arts, disability and community sector as a musician, collaborator, and advocate. Her roles have included: Sounds of the Street Music Coordinator, Mission Australia; Hack Sounds Associate Producer, 107 Projects; SNDCLSH: Assistive Music Technology Lead Producer, Access2Arts; and ‘Touched’ Restless Dance Theatre project Composer.

Through her current role, as Arts Development & Training Manager at Accessible Arts NSW, Liz actively aims to enhance opportunities for artists, arts workers and audiences with disability.

As a Sydney-based, award-winning musician, her music has been described as “wildly eclectic … quirky, playful hipness coupled with emotional openness … an ever-changing, surprising ride” – Lucky Oceans, ABC Radio National.

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Peter Kearney

Treasurer / Ordinary Member from NSW

Peter is the Consulting Director at Exceleris Consulting, empowering organisations to do great things with the support of cloud-based technologies. He is a registered accountant with a background in business systems and general management and has worked with the Bauer Media Group, Nine Entertainment (formerly PBL Media) and FinancialForce.com.

Leah Maund

Co-opted Board Member from WA

Leah is an anthropology-trained Arts-Disability Best Practice & Organisational Cultural Change Manager. She is also the daughter of a Forgotten Australian, or Child Migrant Care Leaver, and has lived experience of intergenerational trauma.

Currently Leah is working in the Disaster Resilience Education field. Prior to this Leah was Interim General Manager and Organisational Development Coordinator for Sensorium Theatre, worked as a Systemic Advocate and At Risk Education Program Consultant for the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre, and fulfilled roles for the Activ Foundation and the Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs.

Leah also has nearly 20 years of experience in disability/arts-disability governance and advisory positions. Throughout her career, Leah has championed the use of the arts as a powerful platform for expression, healing, engagement and inclusion.

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Larissa MacFarlane

Ordinary Board Member from VIC

Larissa MacFarlane (she/her) is the proud owner of a 21-year-old brain injury. Acquired when she was 29, she has gone on to nurture and develop her new ABI (acquired brain injury) talents, which include as artist and community leader.

Larissa is a Naarm/Melbourne based visual artist, working across the mediums of printmaking, street art and a community art practice. Her work investigates ideas of Disabled culture and pride, community and identity. Since 2006, her work has been exhibited in galleries and streets across the country. Larissa is also known for her street art practice that investigates her daily ritual of performing handstands, a key part of her disability self-management. In 2017, these works were exhibited at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Larissa has also been involved in the Self Advocacy movement and disabled community for almost two decades and has led many community arts projects, with groups such as Arts Access Victoria and Footscray Community Arts Centre. She recently led Brain Injury Matters to create the world’s first app about ABI made by people with ABI. She is also the creative producer of Australia’s first Disability Pride murals and the 2019 short documentary film The Disability Pride Wall.

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