We believe the arts are for everyone.

    Undercover Artist Festival was the first arts and disability festival of its kind in Queensland.

    Access Arts developed the idea for Undercover Artist Festival in consultation with a range of artists experiencing disability, arts workers who work with artists experiencing disability and Access Arts Members. Collectively these artists and individuals expressed a need for greater presentation opportunities for professional performing artists with disability and better representation in the industry, particularly by Australia’s Major Performing Arts Companies.

    Undercover Artist Festival was led by founding Festival Director Belinda Locke, a theatre-maker and arts worker who identifies as experiencing disability.

    This new national festival was held at Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane from Friday 26 – Saturday 27 June 2015. Artists from across Australia showcased their work at a festival accessible to all artists and audiences. The festival featured theatre, dance, music and cabaret performances, works-in-progress, installation art, stand-up comedy, workshops and forums.

    Now back in 2017 with Harmonie Downes as Festival Director.

    Access Arts’ Undercover Artist Festival is set to bend the rules and showcase the best of provocative art over two action packed days. Queensland Theatre opens its doors 13-14 October 2017.

    View 2017 program here


    Access Arts is passionate about pioneering opportunities for people who experience disability or disadvantage to excel in the arts.  One in five Australians live with disability; many more are unable to participate in the arts due to disadvantaged circumstances.

    We assist artists to develop their practice.  In all artforms, at all levels, we support our vision that everyone is free to enjoy, participate, create and work in the arts.

    We are culturally ambitious. Over three decades Access Arts has become one of Australia’s acknowledged leaders, inspiring the cultural sector to break barriers that change lives. We broker strong regional, national and international partnerships to help us deliver our vision.

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