What can we do to help to have meaningful conversations about disability in remote Aboriginal communities? Sometimes there may not be similar words in language that translate or cultural symbols that people can relate to.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began its trial in the Barkly on 1 July 2014. To assist in developing relationships with our communities, Barky Regional Arts created a space for people to come together; to meet with people from the NDIS, yarn, share stories and draw.

IMG_5305 Rhonda at Barkly Arts Visual Studio

Conversations began simply and drawings started to reveal what disability meant for people in community.

Three of the strongest drawings were selected to be painted onto ceramic plates to create these ‘CONVERSATION PLATES’.


These conversation plates can help us to begin important conversations about disability in our community.

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This exhibition has travelled across of a few states to share this innovative process and the stories of the Barkly Exhibitions:

National Rural Health Conference at the Convention Centre in Darwin, NT

Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek, NT

National Disability Insurance Agency, Geelong, NSW

Brisbane Exhibition and Conference centre for the New World NDIA Conference, QLD.

The series has now made its home in the Tennant Creek National Disability Insurance Agency.

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