Talks and Ideas
Beaker Street Festival
Beaker Street Festival presents

Unseen by Design

Fri 4 Aug 2023 5:30 pm
Studio Theatre

If something exists in the visible realm, does it belong only to the sighted?

What does a blind architect do? What can a blind artist create? What perspective would a blind engineer bring to AI? In this discussion with blind artists, thinkers and makers, we'll challenge assumptions about what it means to navigate the world as a blind person, and reveal how accessible design is often better design — for everyone.

Panelists include Duncan Meerding, Zoe Partington, and Emma Bennison. The discussion will be moderated by ABC Radio National’s Natasha Mitchell, and recorded for broadcast on Big Ideas.

Immediately following this performance, the audience and speakers will be invited across the street to Beaker Street’s Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Featuring delicious food and drink, live music, science/art exhibitions, 150+ scientists to chat with, and more — you won’t want to miss it!


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A Seat at the Table

Beaker Street Festival's "A Seat at the Table" program helps make events accessible to members of our community who can't afford to purchase a ticket. Ticket buyers have the option to donate towards the cost of a stranger's ticket, allowing someone else to access this great event. If you'd like to donate, you can do so at checkout.

If you’d like to request one or two free tickets, please contact Beaker Street here. You'll be notified by email if a seat is available.


Stalls & Balcony

Adult $35

Concession / student $27


Cabaret tables

Adult (per seat) $39

Concession / student (per seat) $35

Table numbers  4, 6 & 8 - seat 8 people | All other tables seat 4 people  

*all bookings will incur a $5 transaction fee


55 mins (no interval)

Patrons' Advice

For wheelchair and accessible seating enquiries, please contact our box office on (03) 6146 3300 or boxoffice@theatreroyal.com.au.

This talk will be Auslan interpreted.