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Under the Covers: The Perils of (Literary) Stereotypes


17 June 2014

With only three-weeks to go before UK artist, consultant and producer Jo Verrent arrives in Australia to deliver a a series of lectures on disability leadership, Access2Arts wants to wet-your-whistle by sharing Jo’s 2012 TEDx presentation.

In her TEDx talk Jo exposes and deconstructs embedded stereotypes of people with disability in  English literature ‘classics’.

Most of Jo’s work focuses on diversity and equality – two things which she is passionate about. Not because they are just ‘a good thing’ or because there is a law which says people should pay attention to them, but because she thinks they are the key to transforming the way the cultural sector works.

The Australia Council for the Arts has brought Jo to Australia to talk about the transformational potential of employing disabled people in leadership roles within the cultural sector – not for those individuals themselves, but for the invigoration of cultural strategy, for the benefit of all.

Placing equality and diversity at the centre of arts organisations, venues, programmes and policies means that more people can become involved in work which is simply more dynamic, effective and life enhancing.

There are only 3 weeks until Jo Verrent’s Leadership and Disability Forum. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Jo speaking in Adelaide on Wednesday 9 July 2014, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Adelaide Festival Centre. 


If you wish to attend, it is essential to RSVP. Email to confirm your attendance. Be sure to RSVP by Friday 28 June 2014.