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Liz is the Arts and Development Manager at Accessible Arts and is committed to enhancing opportunities for artists with disability to participate in quality creative activities in all art forms. Liz is also the Associate Producer of Hack Sounds, an inclusive entry point into the world of electronic music production operating in Redfern.
She is a Sydney-based award winning musician and has performed extensively throughout her hometown including Walking on Air with Aerialise troupe at the Opera House, Studio and Night Time and Music for Trees programs at The Carriageworks. Liz has released two solo albums and two EPs, composed original music for Restless Dance Theatre’s work “Touched”, and has received a gold record for her work with Paul Mac.
She has been awarded a Contemporary Music Touring Grant, Amplify Your Art Grant, and funding from the Australia Council. From 2007-2017 Liz co-ordinated Mission Australia’s “Sounds of the Street” song-writing and recording program for young people (87% of whom identified as having disability), co-writing and recording with the students in a variety of genres from hip hop to indie pop, RnB and electronic dance music.
Qualifications: Specialist Certificate Electronic Music Studies; Advanced Diploma of Music; Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training.
Riana is an emerging artist with disability. She enjoys working across a variety of forms but is primarily interested in theatre, movement and film. In 2017, she devised and performed in ‘Dignity of Risk’, an ensemble theatre work born out of a collaboration between Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and Shopfront Arts Co-Op. It went on to win ‘Best Production for Young People’ at the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards. Riana is currently a member of Shopfront’s ‘Harness Ensemble’ for emerging artists. In 2018, she will engage in a creative development period for the Ensemble’s second work, supported by Bundanon Trust. She is also about to commence the creative development of her own theatre work, ‘BTS’. In September 2018, with the assistance of a bursary from the British Council for the Arts; she will travel to London to attend Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival, as part of the British Council’s International delegation.
Riana has undertaken artistic masterclasses and workshops with Force Majeure, Australian Choreographer/Performer Dean Walsh; Australian theatre artist David Williams, and American performer with disability Bill Shannon. Most recently, she was invited to participate in the ‘National Inclusive Creative Workshops’ series; facilitated by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo.
As well as being an artist, Riana is a fully-qualified lawyer and a passionate disability activist. She is an advocate for better access to the arts for people with disability; working as both an Advisor and Disability Awareness Trainer at Accessible Arts. She is the current Chair of Sydney Festival’s ‘Accessibility and Inclusion Advisory Panel’, and a member of City of Sydney’s ‘Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel’.
Qualifications: Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Australian National University); Bachelor of Laws with honours (Macquarie University); Bachelor of Arts – media (Macquarie University); Certificate of Training: Advocacy Skills (Public Interest Advocacy Centre); Certificate in Sign Language 1 (SL1 – MU2214 Basic AUSLAN Course); Certificate in Sign Language 2 (SL1 – MU2214 Basic AUSLAN Course); Certificate in Design Thinking for Social Innovation (Stanford Graduate School of Business course)
Cobie often explores the themes of beauty and suffering. Much of her work seeks to explore the delicate balance between these two concepts. Often, bright colours are used in the depiction of darker subject matter, using the contrast between colour and content to challenge traditional representations.
Cobie completed a Bachelor of Design/ Bachelor of Art Education at UNSW Sydney: Art & Design in 2014, and Honours in Design in 2015.
As an artist and a person with a disability, Cobie is passionate about promoting accessibility and inclusion in fields of art and design. Cobie presented her thesis “Aesthetics, Design and Disability” at the Universal Design Conference in 2016. This thesis centred around person centred design, proposing a new structure of designing assistive devices that focuses on the user’s identity rather than the user’s disability. Collaborative design becomes the focus where the user is a central figure.
Cobie is also employed at SCIA and has been involved in supporting persons with spinal cord injury in their movement towards independence. She has recently become the project manager for the new Digital Hub. Cobie designed and illustrated the Christmas cards for Spinal Cure in both 2015 and 2016, and the Christmas card and Christmas animation for Spinal Cord Injuries Australia in 2016.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Art Education/ Bachelor of Design at UNSW Art & Design, Honours at UNSW Art & Design, Team Leaders Course: Essential Skills at The University of Sydney.
Morwenna is an experienced leader, project manager, lecturer and consultant. She was on secondment as CEO of Accessible Arts from February to November 2017. She has since returned to the Australia Council for the Arts where she developed their Disability Action Plan and designed a dedicated funding program to support artists with disability.
As an independent consultant Morwenna has conducted a major impact evaluation for Unlimited, a UK commissions program for disabled artists. She recently finished an evaluation for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Bella Room program.
Morwenna is also a lecturer in the Music Faculty at the University of Sydney and sits on the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group, the City of Sydney’s Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Committee, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Disability Advisory Committee, the NSW Arts and Health Leadership Group and the steering committee for the Last Avant Garde ‘Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia” ARC Linkage project.
Qualifications: PRINCE 2 (Project management); Masters, Music (performance and research); Graduate Certificate, Public Sector Management; Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours and University Medal; Certificate IV, Assessment and Workplace Training.
Judy held a senior position with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (FACS) for about 12 years. She has both breadth and depth of experience, including program administration, policy and reform for disability, HACC, NDIS transition, domestic violence, younger onset dementia, cross government and mainstream agendas such as art, sport and recreation, housing, health and education.
She has extensive experience at conducting large scale and targeted projects, strategies, research, reform and policy to achieve government, corporate and community agendas. She has applied analysis across complex information and data. She is a competent communicator and writer, with a strong capacity to capture stakeholder views/expertise, facilitate shared vision and manage change. Judy also sits on the City of Sydney’s Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Committee.
Judy has an inclusive, consultative and outcome based approach to her work, underpinned by extensive experience in disability, community and government. Since establishing JC Harwood Consulting Pty Ltd in 2015, she has developed strategies and conducted reviews for State and local governments and non government organisations, including for disability.
Qualifications: Diploma, Access Consulting; PRINCE 2 (Project management); Masters, Research & Social Policy; Masters, Education (Multicultural); Graduate Diploma, Adult Education; Diploma of Teaching.
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This page was last updated on 27 June 2018.