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05 May 2023

Disability and the Arts Panel Discussion – Who can think, what can think

Simon Yuill, The Ableism of Networks, 2020–23 (installation view). Wall work and poster. Viable media and dimensions. Photo by Sam Hartnett.


Join us for a discussion with Deaf and disabled communities in response to the exhibition Who can think, what can think. We will talk about disability representation in art, the visibility of Deaf and disabled artists, and how to create accessible art spaces.

Some light refreshments and the opportunity for more informal discussions to continue will follow the talk.

Platform Interpreting will be providing NZSL interpreters, the venue is wheelchair accessible and the gallery has a Quiet Space. We encourage people to wear masks if they would like, and please stay home if you are feeling unwell. An RSVP would help us to plan and please let us know of any other access needs or dietary requirements, by emailing

Who can think, what can think is an exhibition that challenges definitions of ‘intelligence’ in relation to human and non-human cognition by embracing understandings of biodiversity and neurodiversity and confronting the troubling history of categorising intelligence, that has led to certain groups of people being excluded. The presentation of the exhibition has been consciously designed to be more inclusive, not only to neurodiverse audiences, but also disabled visitors. 


Stace Robertson
Access, Inclusion and Participation Advisor | Kaiārahi a Toi
Arts Access Aotearoa: increasing access to the arts

Martine Abel-Williamson
Senior Disability Adviser at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and President of the World Blind Union

Abbie Twiss

Lusi Faiva
Te Rōpū Kaiarahi Toi, Kaikanikani - Artistic Direction Panel, Dancer
Touch compass

Izzy Robinson
Kaihautū Auaha - Creative Producer
Touch Compass


Nicola Owen
Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd


Platform Interpreting

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