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Accessible Arts

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.

We provide leadership in arts + disability through information, advocacy, and the facilitation of excellence in arts practice.
Photograph of Artist Matt Shilcock

Artist Matt Shilcock at Catalyst 2015, Carriageworks. Photo by Gisella Vollmer.

City Of Sydney

Sydney has a range of accessible services to allow as many people as possible to make their way around the city centre.

Visit the City of Sydney online accessibility map for information about key access features such as mobility parking spaces and accessible public toilets, and potential barriers such as stairs and moderate and steep inclines.

Sydney Festival

Every January, Sydney Festival transforms the city. Featuring talented performers from across the globe; events and performances are held across Sydney creating an undeniable buzz for both visitors and locals alike. The festival ensures that the program is accessible to all with tailored guides and calendars and a series of performances that are captioned, Auslan interpreted, audio described, relaxed and much more.

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas, the Sydney Writers’ Festival is held each May across Sydney. Featuring talks and public conversations, the festival makes every effort to ensure its events are accessible to all members of the community. Events are in fully accessible venues and selected events include assistive listening, Auslan-interpreting and closed captioning. Audio podcasts and videos of events are also made available online.

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the NSW cultural calendar. Each June, the festival brings the best new films from around the world to Sydney. Presenting in a range of theatres, we work to ensure information on access is available to all our audiences through the provision of comprehensive print and online information, along with trained, friendly staff at each venue.

Belvoir St Theatre

One of Sydney’s beloved theatres, Belvoir is a traditional home for the crafts of storytelling and acting. Proudly inclusive for a diverse range of Australian voices, we’re committed to providing everyone who visits our theatre in Surry Hills with the same experience regardless of age or ability. The theatre has lift access, a hearing loop, and we offer a range of audio-described and mobile captioned performances. Our friendly box office is also happy to help with any enquiries.

Sydney Theatre

Situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, the world-renowned Sydney Theatre Company presents an eclectic program of classics, new works and more across four harbourside theatres including The Wharf, Roslyn Packer Theatre and Sydney Opera House. STC is committed to proving equal access for all, to ensure that everyone can fully participate and enjoy the theatre. Wheelchair access, assisted listening devices and accessible toilets are all available.

Art Gallery of
New South Wales

The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading museums, with a world-class collection. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour, we offer an inclusive range of access programs for diverse audiences of all ages and abilities. These programs create opportunities for meaningful encounters with art through visual, auditory and tactile or sensory experiences. We also provide accessible parking, access ramps and lifts and assisted listening systems.

Maritime Museum

Australia has a proud maritime history and the Australian National Maritime Museum is the national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology. The museum is committed to accessibility for all who visit, with dedicated accessible parking, restrooms and audio-induction loops along with interactive displays throughout the museum. Ramps allow access to all the museum’s exhibition spaces and wharves. Courtesy wheelchairs are available to pre-book.


Housed in the distinctive 19th century Eveleigh Rail Yards, Carriageworks is the largest contemporary multiarts centre of its kind in Australia. We have an ambitious program featuring leading Australian and international artists creating innovative work that reflects our social and cultural diversity. Accessible seating is available for our shows, and we have developed the Carriageworks’ National Arts and Disability Strategy New Normal with new major works developed over three years.

Museum of
Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia collects and shares the work of living artists. Housed in an iconic building on Sydney Harbour, we are committed to connecting people with access requirements to contemporary art and ideas. The MCA provides opportunities for everyone to see, experience, understand and create art through creative learning and programs. We are fully accessible and offer specialised programs and a range of tours and events.

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall offers a diverse program of concerts and events from chamber orchestras to contemporary music and festivals. Located in vibrant Angel Place, it features a world-class, purpose-built space. The venue offers lift access, accessible seating and accessible bathrooms. Patrons using hearing aids can access the T-loop system in the auditorium. We support the National Relay Service. Companion Cards are accepted for all events at City Recital Hall.

State Library of
New South Wales

The stunning State Library of NSW is a world leading library with an enviable collection for everyone to access. The library is committed to providing inclusive access to its public spaces, collections and services. Staff can arrange courtesy wheelchair use. All levels in the Macquarie St building and the Mitchell building are accessible via lifts. The library provides a dedicated computer with adaptive technology, and hearing loops are available in all venue spaces.

Australian Museum

Internationally renowned, the Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia. Situated opposite Hyde Park, the museum houses a collection of over 18 million cultural and scientific objects. The museum is committed to ensuring that it is accessible to all individuals. The museum offers a variety of programs and resources for visitors with disability and their families, including tactile and sensory tours on demand, wheelchair and mobility access, and free-of-charge companion tickets for Companion Card holders.
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Working collectively to remove the barriers for people with disability online, with a 1-click approach.

Accessing Sydney Collectively is a world first initiative. supports improved online access awareness, connectedness and navigation to arts and cultural life for people with disability in the City of Sydney.

1. Look for the symbol on the home page of the participating organisations’ websites;

2. Click the symbol to easily find accessible creative and cultural experiences to enjoy.

For information on how to participate in the campaign, or feedback to us, please email

The twelve symbols above promote and publicise access for people with disability. For more information and to download the symbols click here.

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