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Eastern Riverina Arts launches PLATFORM for improved accessibility at festivals and events

Eastern Riverina Arts launches PLATFORM for improved accessibility at festivals and events
June 2, 2020

Eastern Riverina Arts has unveiled PLATFORM, a multi-sensory mobile art installation space adapted from a 20-foot shipping container, that allows festival and event organisers to easily integrate accessibility into their planning, and increase participation and visibility of both artists and people with disability at community events.

With one in five Australians identifying with disability, hiring PLATFORM means event organisers can integrate accessibility simply into their planning, and increase participation and visibility of both artists and people with disability at community events.

Now available for hire, PLATFORM is purpose-built within a modified shipping container. Configurable as a sensory space, chill-out area, exhibition space or small stage, throughout the course of an event, festival-goers can visit the space to engage the senses or take some time out in a calming environment.

A complete sensory installation, the space features soft music, slow moving lights, interactive tactile objects and weighted blankets. A portable accessible deluxe bathroom is available to accompany PLATFORM, ensuring Festivals and large events can be inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.

With an interior designed by Bliss Cavanagh, a sensory artist and designer, PhD researcher and passionate advocate for mental health, PLATFORM is an accessible and enchanting experience for people of all ages and abilities who might otherwise find that attending a festival or event is beyond their reach.

Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts Executive Director, Dr. Tim Kurylowicz advises “participation in the arts is a foundational right. So much cultural activity in our region is led by community and volunteer groups. PLATFORM enables us to meet them where they are at, to enhance the great events they are putting on and start them on a journey to thinking more about accessibility and inclusiveness. We have designed this project to have an ongoing legacy, to help festival organisers put accessibility at the forefront of their events.”

PLATFORM is also being used as a vehicle to showcase the work of artists with disabilities to festival audiences. Artists can perform in or curate the space, giving festival-goers the opportunity to experience the work of artists with disability.

The PLATFORM team will also work with festival organisers to increase accessibility event-wide, such as disability awareness training or checklists, to help build the capacity of communities to better deliver inclusive and accessible events that anyone can attend.

In June 2020, Eastern Riverina Arts will host PLATFORM Live, an online one-day event featuring performance, video, art and discussions by artists with disabilities.

PLATFORM is an initiative of Eastern Riverina Arts in collaboration with IDEAS (Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services). The project has been funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program.

For more information on PLATFORM or PLATFORM Live, visit

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