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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

Chair / 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.

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Martin Sawtell

Deputy Chair / Ordinary Board Member from SA

Martin Sawtell started his career as a Journalist but soon traded in writing the news for being part of the creative industry that sought to make the news (for all the right reasons) instead.

Martin has over twenty years’ experience as an arts and cultural development practitioner, arts manager and disability arts worker. Having worked both in local government roles and for Not for Profit arts producers and sector development organisations including; Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, Community Arts Network of SA, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and most recently Access2Arts, Martin strongly believes that arts and cultural activity offer a vehicle for people to build their understanding of diverse experiences.

Passionate about empowering Deaf and disabled people to live their best life by dismantling barriers that exclude and prevent equitable participation in arts and culture, Martin workes closely with both disabled and non-disabled emerging and established artists, arts workers and communities to; strengthen relationships to place, build capacity to participate, celebrate identity, and forge connections to create a cohesive and accessible society.

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Peter Kearney

Treasurer / Co-Opted Board 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

Liz Martin

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.

Liz actively aims to enhance opportunities for artists, arts workers and audiences with disability in her role as Interim CEO of Accessible Arts (NSW).

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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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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Satvinder Sekhon

Co-opted Board Member from WA

Satvinder is an experienced Financial and Management professional. He has undertaken a range of Finance and Commercial head roles in many different countries and environments and has extensive experience in the Strategic Management field.

Spanning over 30 years his career has included roles as Finance head at The Department of Culture and the Arts, CFO with Department of Training and Workforce Development, Finance Manager at National Native Title Tribunal and State Library of WA.

Satvinder has a strong consultancy and audit background in the Arts and Culture space and is highly experienced in providing strategic advice to Not For Profits and community-centric organisations. Satvinder is  passionate about advancing equality for all Australians with disability encompassing artists, arts workers, participants and audiences through information, research and advocacy and providing full and equal opportunity for cultural participation and contribution by Australians.

Satvinder is an Alumnus of the Leadership WA 2014 Signature Leadership Program.

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Dan Graham

Ordinary Board Member from NSW

Dan is a Trained Theatre Director and a Disability Arts Advocate, with a particular interest in access support for artists with neurodiverse disabilities. Dan has a neurodiverse disability and is also proud to be part of the LGBTQI Community.

Dan has served on the Board of Arts Access Australia previously and is Co-Chair of Artists With A Disability Committee for MEAA and serves on their Diversity Committee. Dan is also on the Hickson Road Committee for Accessible Arts NSW and is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2019, Dan was awarded a Create NSW Fellowships to travel to the UK to investigate access in practice at various theatre companies, performing arts centres and drama schools.

In 2020 he received the Disability Leadership Institute’s National Award for Disability Leadership.

Dan has directed many productions, including SAM I AM which had a sold-out season at LA MAMA as part of The Midsumma Festival in Melbourne in 2021. He is currently the Access Consultant for Brand X in Sydney.

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Madeleine Little

Original Board Member from QLD

In 2020 Madeleine Little was appointed Festival Director for Undercover Artist Festival, and drove the 2020 Festival postponement Strategy due to the pandemic, creating a virtual two-day celebration ‘Undercover Artist:Online’ which attracted national and international viewers.

Brisbane-based performer, theatre maker, writer and access consultant for the performing arts, Madeleine is currently delivering Disability Awareness Training for 390 employees and volunteers for Home Of The Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast.

Madeleine’s original play, Hold, was presented as part of her MA research testing the implementation of accessible theatre practice conventions in a new work. It was later published in Australasian Drama Studies Journal (Issue 76) – Hold On: Australian Innovations in Access Aesthetics with co-authors.

Aged 25, Madeleine was awarded the inaugural Stella Young Award from Arts Access Victoria (2018), an Access Arts Achievement Award Special Mention (2019), and the inaugural National Leadership Award from Arts Access Australia (2019).

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