Undercover Artist 2023 Development Program artists announced

Undercover Artist Development Program is now in full swing with our 2023 program artists announced! Please join us in welcoming Alexandra, Joel, Donna and Emma-June. If there is one thing all these talented artists have in common, it’s their passion for embracing their own individuality and speaking their truth through performing arts. Undercover Artist Festival […]

National Creative Partnerships Australia

Undercover Artist and Access Arts funding recipients for the Plus1 Program. Undercover Artist Festival, presented by Access Arts, have received financial support through Creative Partnerships Australia Plus1 Program. Festival Director Madeleine Little says, “We are so grateful to Creative Partnerships Australia and Arts Queensland for their support of our campaign. We have an exciting festival […]

2022 Early Career Artist Award Recipient Maddie Little

Early Career Artist Award

Maddie Little, Undercover Artist Festival Director, is the recipient of the 2022 National Arts and Disability Award for Early Career Artist. This award is in recognition of her work as an artist, advocate and mentor for artists with disability. As well as leading and directing the Undercover Artist Festival, Maddie is a performer, theatre maker, […]

Five minutes with Naavikaran

Undercover Artist Festival is all about providing a platform for incredible performing arts projects by artists with disability – and promoting their ongoing success. We’re so excited to see Brown Church this weekend at The Tivoli during Brisbane Festival. To celebrate, we spent five minutes with Naavikaran to ask some quick questions about her time […]


Two people standing close together for a photo outside. Louise Bezzina (left) is wearinga bright orange jumpsuit and smiling. Madeleine Little (right) is wearing a black top and pants and has one hand resting on a pink cane. They are both smiling.

Bending rules, pushing boundaries, spotlighting incredible talent – these shared artistic goals beat at the heart of both Undercover Artist Festival and Brisbane Festival. Harnessing this natural synchronicity, Australia’s premier performing arts and disability festival and Queensland’s most-anticipated major arts and cultural festival join forces in 2021 to surprise and delight audiences across Brisbane. In […]

Zooming into Undercover Artist Festival 2021

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Earlier this week, some of our #UAF2021 artists and I Zoomed into a meeting with UK-based artist Dan Daw. In just one hour, we discussed how we felt about disability identity and how it influences our creative work. We talked about how we are perceived by others and who our intended audience may be for […]

It’s almost festival month!

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Almost two weeks until the Festival kicks off. Can you believe it? August has absolutely flown by! Though we’ve juggled lockdowns, restrictions, and difficult cancellation decisions, we’ve also experienced the joy of sell-out shows moving to bigger venues with other shows trailing closely behind. It’s been tumultuous, but we’ve made it! And now we’re back […]

Undercover Artist – Revised Program

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Access Arts is committed to showcasing the boldest and brightest artists with disabilities at Undercover Artist Festival and is thrilled to announce the festival will go ahead in a new, updated format. As Australia’s premier performing arts and disability festival, Undercover Artist Festival is disability-led, showcasing artists across theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, cabaret, poetry and […]

Happy Disability Pride Month!

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It’s hard to believe that July has flown by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday we announced our Undercover Artist Festival 2021 program! It’s been a busy time for everyone, but I wanted to take a moment to share something important. Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month? A lot of people […]

What is Disability-Led?

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Undercover Artist Festival exists to profile and promote outstanding work by performing artists with disability. Undercover Artist Festival is a disability-led Festival. There are many ways of describing what disability-led work means. To be considered a disability-led work at Undercover Artist Festival, a project should: be initiated by artists with disability, have artists with disability as […]