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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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Coralie Bishop

Company Secretary / Co-opted Board Member from WA

Coralie Bishop is a marketing, communications and business development professional with 20 years’ experience working in the arts and not-for-profit sector. She is currently Development Manager at West Australian Opera and has previously worked at Leadership WA, WAAPA and Perth Festival. A Fellow of Leadership WA, Coralie is Chair of the Centre for Stories and a committee member of the Leadership WA Finance, Risk and Audit Subcommittee.

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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 Maunde

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 as General Manager for Sensorium Theatre, Australia’s only theatre company providing multi-sensory theatre experiences to young children with disability. Previously she ran a successful consultancy specialising in culturally sensitive and inclusive practice, worked as a Systemic Advocate for the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre, and fulfilled roles for the Activ Foundation and the Department of Immigration and 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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Carol Taylor

Ordinary Board Member from QLD

Businesswoman, award winning artist, designer, advocate, community leader and founding Principal of law firm Taylor Law & Conveyancing. Having founded two successful law practices, Carol is now bringing her entrepreneurial flair to inclusive fashion, and is the world’s first quadriplegic designer. Her debut collection recently featured on the runway at Mercedes Benz fashion festival Brisbane.

Carol has previously held the position of honorary Solicitor for the Irish Australian Welfare Bureau and has been a long-time supporter of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation.

With 18 years lived experience as a C5/C6 quadriplegic woman, 12 of those years as a mother, Carol has met many challenges and has the passion to continue tackling those challenges head on into the future. In advocacy Carol likens herself to a dog with a bone, tirelessly pushing for change in our built environment, in our institutions, and in society’s attitudes.

Carol has a furious desire for positive change and justice, and to redefine what is possible for all.

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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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