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Sharing knowledge (early – mid 1990s)

In 1990 AAV hosted the Participate conference. From this the DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts) network was born.

AAV created a guidebook on creating art projects in hospitals. This guidebook was developed from AAV’s experience working at Larundel and St Vincents. These art projects were so beneficial that everyone wanted similar programs to run across Australia. Now with the guidebook, other hospitals could run their own art programs.

The EASE ticketing program expanded to include a venue guide to Victorian sports and recreation facilities. This was funded by the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne and ran for many years. The guide let people know the access provided at venues across Victoria. Many venue operators thought about access in new ways, or for the first time.

In 1992 the Disability Discrimination Act was passed in parliament. Finally!

‘Stormy Weather’ was a major touring exhibition featuring Deaf and Disabled artists alongside popular contemporary artists of the time. This concept was also the basis for the ‘10 x 10’ exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

AAV supported the running of the Koori Art Program at Fitzroy Allstars Gym. The final exhibition “FEELEN BOORDUP” (Feeling Good) was a huge success. Over $5,000 worth of artwork sold during the exhibition.