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Accessible Arts News

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The Delineate 2016 - 2017 funding closes Wednesday 16 December 5pm. Accessible Arts is delighted to announce recipients will now receive $8000 [$4000 per year over a two year period]. The funding is towards an arts project, and/or program to be developed throughout the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, run by Family and Community Services (FACS) during 2016 and 2017.

Delineate aims to support disability-led projects that build capacity, leadership skills, and artistic networks for artists with disability as well as create cultural change. Delineate applicants can apply from anywhere in NSW, a total of 6 grants will be offered.

Applications can be submitted on line via Smartygrants. Full information on the Delineate webpage.

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You’re warmly invited to an evening at Newcastle Community Arts Centre to meet curators, arts organisations and members of the Deaf/hard of hearing community to discuss opportunities to engage with the arts community in Newcastle/Hunter region. This event is an initiative of Accessible Arts for Deaf and hard of hearing people who are: audience members, artists, Auslan interpreters and Auslan students.

The evening includes an exhibition and tour of the Newcastle Community Arts Centre with Wendy Peacock, Administrator. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: 7 December 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Newcastle Community Arts Centre, 246 Parry St, Hamilton East 

If this is of interest to you, please RSVP to Joanna Agius by Monday 23 November 2015 at

Download the forum flyer [Word] for full event details including access and partner information.

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What's On

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Caroline Bowditch with Outlandish Arts presents her intimate and enticing show exploring the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), exposing little-known facts about the infamous woman, remembered for her art.

Falling in love with Frida is the reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love like obsession, an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for. Affinities and parallels are drawn and the tale of 'the great concealer' is skillfully revealed through powerful yet fragile bodies.

Performance at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta:

  • Friday 4 March 2016 - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 2pm matinee
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 7.30pm

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Marking the beginning of a four year partnership with DADAA, PIAF is thrilled to announce an exciting new professional development opportunity to the dance and disability sector available in 2016.

For the 2016 Festival, PIAF has invited Scottish multi-disciplinary performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham, to be artist–in–residence. Claire will present two performance works and lead a week of artist workshops in Fremantle, WA in an intensive exploration of her creative process.

Australian artists who self-identify as having a disability, as well as those without a disability, who have movement experience are invited to apply.

National and Regional scholarships are also available. Visit the PIAF website for full details.

Watch and share the 'Day In The Life Of' video with ambassador Graeme Innes. 

Screenshot of Graeme Innes video for Dont dis my ability 2015

Don't DIS my ABILITY celebrates the diversity and ability of people with disability.The campaign begins on Monday 30 November and will run until Sunday 13 December in 2015.

NO OFFENCE, BUT! Comedy Cabaret is back for 2015 with a kids matinee and 18 + events on 30 November 2015. 

Disability is no laughing matter, but our etiquette fails are!

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Looking for something to do Saturday November 28? Join Leichhardt Council as it celebrates 10 years of Blooming Arts. A program exhibiting a diverse range of fine art practice by Sydney based artists with disability, as well as music and a show reel of short films made for and/ or by people with disability, will be on display. Visit the website for more information.

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Experience a world first, as Handel's Messiah is performed in Auslan at the Sydney Opera House. All performances are conducted by Brett Weymark and will be signed by co-director Alex Jones and in partnership Accessible Arts.

  • Thursday 3rd December, 8pm
  • Saturday 5th December, 8pm
  • Sunday 6th December, 1pm

Tickets: $50 - $100 online at the Sydney Philharmonia website.

Accessible Arts is pleased to release its latest short film showcasing The Catalyst Dance Residency held at Carriageworks in October. Sydney based filmmaker Hugh Clark has captured the fourteen Catalyst dance residents working alongside key industry dance professionals. Please watch and share across your social media networks. 

More Catalsyst Dance Residency information can be found at

Congratulations to Carriageworks for announcing its 2016 program. We are excited to see new partnerships in the arts + disability sector that result in the premiere of a new work titled 'Off The Record'.

Off the Record is a commissioned new work by Carriageworks involving artists with disability in partnership with Force Majeure and Dance Integrated Australia.

Watch the video for the program release here.

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Sector News

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The NSW Minister for Health has established a Taskforce on Health and the Arts to guide the development of a framework aimed at integrating the arts across the whole of the NSW public health system. The Taskforce will run a series of consultation workshops to encourage dialogue, participation and seek views on the integration of health and the Arts. Please visit the website for dates and venue information.

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On top of exhibiting products, technology and services that enhance independence, Spinal Chord Injuries Australia will be having an arts exhibition showcasing work by people with spinal cord injury at the SCIA Independence Expo.

The expo will be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April 2016.

The exhibition will feature talented artists, Daniel Savage, Sue Murray and Susan Wood. Daniel Savage is an artist with spinal cord injury who challenges societal attitudes toward people with disabilities through his work. Daniel’s artistic skillset includes, photography, video and performance.

Register for the expo online at the SCIA website.

The 2015 theme for celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

We again look forward to this collaborative effort between schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

The best way for you to help promote and celebrate the day is to hold an event in your community, organisation or business. Events can take any form you wish. Big or small, simple or challenging, your event is only limited by your own considerations – and imagination. For more information on how to get involved visit the IPDwD website.

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