Registrations open ‘Arts and Disability Meeting Place’

Arts and culture plays an important part in the lives of all Australians, but we know that not all Australians are able to participate in it equally. In 2012 AAA introduced a national Members Meeting to address one of the priorities identified in the National Arts and Disability Strategy being the need for a national network, including greater linkages and collaboration between stakeholders. The 2013 ‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place event will be held in Tasmania on the 19th June.

For artists with disability, the event will offer opportunities for professional development and for you to showcase your work. You will also have the chance to meet peers, engage in national conversations and contribute to policy development.

For organisations working in the arts and disability sector, you will have the opportunity to discuss and develop national initiatives by sharing best practice, expertise and resources. You will also have the chance to meet peers, engage in national conversations and contribute to policy development.

Event registration is free for AAA Members. Contact or 0439 210 690 (text/call) for further information or download a registration form below.

So you are attending the ‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place Event?

If you are from interstate, time to plan your trip to Tasmania!

Below you will find information on:

  • Event Location / Event Information
  • Travel options to Tasmania
  • Accommodation Options
  • The Arts and Cultural Landscape of Tasmania – some useful links  
  • Useful tourism links

The Event – Location and Program

‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place Event is being held at:

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel,
1 Macquarie Street Hobart

Travel Options – Getting to Tasmania

There are regular flights to Hobart, Tasmania with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue. Or you can travel by ferry on The Spirit of Tasmania (external link).

Travelling to Hobart CBD from Airport

The Hobart Airport is serviced by a number of taxi companies. The taxi rank is conveniently located outside the domestic terminal building. A taxi fare from the Hobart Airport to The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart costs approximately AU$40.00-$55.00 (subject to traffic conditions, time of day and day of the week). Travelling time is approximately 25 minutes.

Travelling by Hire Car

A number of hire car firms are conveniently located outside the domestic terminal building. Here, you will also have the opportunity to pick up a map and useful Tasmania tourist information on things to do in Tasmania to help you make the most of your time in Tasmania.

Travelling to Hobart by Airport Shuttle Bus

The Airporter Shuttle Bus service is located at the front entrance of the Hobart Airport - between the Qantas and Virgin Blue terminals. There is no need to make a reservation. Simply take your luggage to the shuttle bus and tell the driver you would like to go. Airporter Shuttle Buses connect with every departing flight, every day of the year. One-way fares: Adults $17, Return $30; Pensioner and Children $13, Return $23.For more information about the Airporter Shuttle Bus service, call 1300 38 55 11.

Download a map in PDF format: Hobart CBD | Greater Hobart


The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel are holding limited rooms for delegates of Arts Access Australia, to access these rooms at special discounted rates please call Reservations on 1800 814 676 or email and mention that you are attending the “Arts Access Australia Event June 2013”. Please don’t delay as there is limited availability.

The cost of rooms is normally $259, but as a delegate of our ‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place 2013  – you are eligible for a discounted rate starting at $175 per night.

Cheaper Options/Hostels

The below are not endorsed by AAA – just some leads to get you started!

  • Central City Backpackers
  • The Pickled Frog
  • Tassie Backpacker @ The Brunswick Hotel
  • Transit Backpackers
  • Hobart Hostel

Mid Range Hotels

 The below are not endorsed by AAA – just some leads to get you started!         

  • Fountainside Hotel - 40 Brooker Avenue, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia (Formerly Best Western)
  • Astor Private Hotel - 157 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 , Australia
  • Salamanca Inn - 10 Gladstone Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Mantra One Sandy Bay Road- 1 Sandy Bay Road, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Mercure -  Hobart 156 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Argyle Motor Lodge Corner Argyle & Lewis Sts. Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia

Arts and Cultural Landscape of Tasmania - What to do when your there

There is a huge amount of arts and cultural activity in Tasmania. Whilst your trip’s highlight may be the  ‘Arts and Disability Meeting Place’ event, you may wish to use this time for soaking in the Tasmanian Arts scene and also undertaking some professional networking. See listed below some local arts organisations and events.

The Salamanca Arts Centre

The Salamanca Arts Centre plays host to a variety of in-house Arts Organisations and artisans retailing their wares. You can see exhibitions, watch a show and buy some local art! Well worth a visit for a snapshot of local Tasmanian Arts Practitioner’s.

The Dark MoFo Festival

Celebrate the dark with large-scale public art, food, music, light and noise.

(Full Lineup released Friday April 19)

KickStart Arts

Kickstart Arts (KSA) is an independent arts company based in Hobart. We work statewide in cross-sectoral partnerships to produce inclusive, innovative multi-arts projects in order to develop community capacity and improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.

Interweave Arts

Interweave was created with the aim of promoting arts, education, culture and community. Interweave empowers communities through the creation of innovative art processes. These reflect the specific needs of Youth and people with Disabilities through a combination of community cultural development, arts and health practices.

Arts Tasmania

Arts Tasmania is the government agency responsible for policy and planning for arts and culture in Tasmania. It is part of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts. Specifically they have an Arts and Disability Funding Program, applications may be made by individual artists with disability, and by organisations who work with people with disability.

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Tasmanian Regional Arts is the peak organisation for regional arts, and community arts and cultural development in Tasmania.

The Premier’s Disability Advisory Council (PDAC)

Established in February 2007. Its primary purpose is to assist the Premier and Government to implement the Disability Framework for Action 2013-2017. PDAC works with Government and the broader community to promote the inclusion and participation of people with disability in community life.

You can search for Tasmanian Arts Organisations via the Arts Access Australia website, if you’re a tassie based org and not listed, create a user profile today!

You can search for Tasmanian Artists via the Arts Access Australia website, if you’re a tassie based artist and not listed, create a user profile today!

Want to get listed here?

Tassie based artist or Arts and Cultural Event and not listed here? If you are based in Tasmania and would like to advertise events or activities to our delegation visiting in June, please contact

Useful Tourim Websites

Further Information 

Save the date for the 2013 ‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place

Contact AAA 

Downlad a registration form here docRegistration_Form-3.doc50.5 KB

Further Reading 

The 2013 ‘Arts and Disability’ Meeting Place - Program Taster

Arts and Disability Meeting Place – Bursaries available for delegates with disability


Full Program Download docabridged_full_program_for_web_.doc41 KB

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