Undercover Artists Festival


Undercover Artist Festival is Australia’s signature arts and disability festival here to break the boundaries and bend the rules.

The idea for the festival was developed by Access Arts in consultation with Access Arts participants, a range of artists experiencing disability, and the arts workers who work with them.

Collectively these artists and individuals expressed a need for greater presentational opportunities for professional performing artists with disability, and better representation in the industry, particularly by Australia’s major performing arts companies.

In 2015, the inaugural Undercover Artist Festival was led by founding Festival Director Belinda Locke, a role which was then taken on by Harmonie Downes for the following festival in 2017. Both women are professional arts practitioners who identify as experiencing disability.

Artists from across Australia gather at Queensland Theatre in Brisbane to showcase their work at this festival. Accessible to all artists and audiences, the festival features theatre, dance, music and cabaret performances, works-in-progress, installation art, stand-up comedy, workshops, and forums.

Undercover Artist Festival will be back at Queensland Theatre in September 2020.

Keep an eye out for the 2020 program here.

Access Arts


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, and 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 industry leaders, inspiring the cultural sector to break barriers and change lives.

We broker strong regional, national and international partnerships to help us deliver our vision.

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Header image: Simon Catesby.