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The two-year Catalyst Dance Residency Program 2015 - 2016 call for 'Expressions of Interest' is now open nationally to all dancers with and without disability. 

The Catalyst Dance Residency Program is a national artist development program across two years for dance practitioners with and without disability who demonstrate a commitment to integrated dance practice. It will run over two years and comprise of a: 

  • 7-day Skill and Career Development Residency, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2015 
  • 6-day Choreographic Research Lab Residency with Critical Path, Sydney, 2016 

Key residency dates: 

 Year One 2015 - Sunday 11 October – Saturday 17 October 

 Year Two 2016 - Monday 15 August – Saturday 20 August  

Visit the Catalyst Dance website to apply to this exciting opportunity.

23/07/2015 - CEO Quarterly

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My CEO quarterly column reflects on some wonderful achievements of our people and practice across the vibrant arts and disability landscape. Firstly, congratulations to Deaf artist Stefan Kater with his work, ‘A black diamond’, on being selected as a finalist of the Sulman prize

Also, congratulations to Alison Richardson on her Churchill Fellowship. Alison will review best practice and professional pathways in theatre for people with intellectual disability on her travels. 

The successful applicants of the Lifetime Care and Support Authority grants, in partnership with Arts NSW were announced in the June newsletter of Arts NSW and we look forward to these challenging and progressive projects.  Click here for full article.

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Accessible Arts warmly invites you to attend a talk by Murmuration Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo and Artistic Associate Dan Daw at Accessible Arts on Thursday 30 July 2015.

Murmuration Dance Theatre is Sydney’s first professional integrated dance company, working alongside artists with and without disability to create new contemporary dance theatre. Accessible Arts invites artists with and without disability, arts industry professionals and organisations, and disability program service providers to attend and connect at this ‘Creative Causeway’ gathering.

‘Creative Causeway’ is an initiative of Accessible Arts that brings together key stakeholders in the arts + disability sector and community to share expertise, networks and professional arts practice.

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015 from 10am – 12:30pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The ROCKS NSW 2000

Access: Level access is available from 10 Hickson Road. If you have any access requirements please include in your RSVP

Contact:  Kristina Tito – Arts Development Manager at or 02 92516499 ext.105 RSVP: Before Thursday 23 July 2015

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Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and more! Limited places and booking is essential.

Join the Deaf Arts Network School Holiday Program for 5 days of workshops for 10-13 and 14-17 year olds.

This fun-filled program will be lead by professional Deaf artists Anna Seymour, Jessica Moody, Alex Jones and Kirk O’Meara-Presley. Don't miss out! Please register your interest by 31 July 2015, 5pm AEDST.

When: Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October 2015. Time: 10am – 4pm.

Where: Shopfront, 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton, NSW. Cost: $50 per person.

Contact: Joanna Agius, Deaf Arts Officer by email at or call Matthew Pethybridge, Operations Manager, if you require a hearing person to take your call +61 2 9251 6499 ext 108.

Family and friends are invited to a special showing of the program activities on 2 October at 2pm.

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23/07/2015 - Seventeen at Belvoir

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Seventeen - Belvoir Theatre

Captioned performance
2pm, 29 August 2015

Audio-described performance
2pm, 5 September 2015

This one’s a real treat no matter which way you look at it. Peter Carroll, Maggie Dence, John Gaden, Genevieve Lemon, Barry Otto, Anna Volska. The lot of them.

These venerables play a group of teenagers; drinking, singing, dancing, gabbling, worrying and maybe even pashing, their way through their last night of childhood and their first night of adulthood.

Funny, immature, wise and a little bit but quite beautifully sad, Seventeen is about the size of life. Visit Belvoir to find out more information.

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InterAct is a significant festival in the New Zealand calendar of Disability Arts. This annual event delivers a 3 day festival involving New Zealand and International leaders in the field of Disability Arts, providing an opportunity for diverse people to perform, connect and celebrate.

The festival involves live performances, art, drama , drumming, singing, film making workshops, drop in arts activities, wearable arts parades and much, much more. In 2015 the Festival will be held between October 21st-23rd at Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, Auckland. Click through to the website to find out how to get involved.

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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

July 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

Accessible Arts ABN: 48 116 402 192

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Accessible Arts | Features

A black diamond acrylic on board - black woman portrait - by Stefan Kater

Congratulations to Deaf Artist Stefan Kater with his work, ‘A black diamond’, on being selected as a finalist of the Sulman prize

Stefan says, "I visualised this painting, A black diamond, in my head, memorising all the finer details in the hope that it would be a bold, immersive work, which viewers would be drawn to and enjoy. It celebrates the modern art and fashion of South Africa. I painted carefully, using dark colours and tried to ensure the best quality of light in order to make it stand out boldly. I particularly like using black, white and yellow and enjoyed painting with those three colours again."

01/07/2015 - Createability Update

On Wednesday, the 17th June Ballina based disability advocate Michael Lockrey facilitated a Captioning and Audio Description workshop for Northern Rivers Screenworks for 10 filmmakers at the Byron Bay SAE Institute. Michael is profoundly deaf and is a passionate advocate for correct captioning across all media and has been involved directly in advocacy to promote inclusion and accessibility across free to air TV, Social media etc.

He has developed an app, “nomoreCRAPTIONS” to easily transform Google’s auto-captions into correct closed captions and has won a national award for his advocacy work with captioning. Michael was assisted in the workshop by Lyn Lockrey and Barnaby Lund who have also been advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities for many years and were able to assist in the hands on aspect of the workshop. Read more about this exciting project on the Screenworks website.

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Accessible Arts | Sector News

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This year is the 25 anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th anniversary of VSA. Both the Kennedy Centre and the Smithsonian are holding a program of celebrations. 

What is 25/40?

The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution are hosting a truly unique celebration of arts, culture, and history this July. This event is literally brimming with world-class performances and events —music, art, dance, film—all free and open to everyone. Join us!

Two monumental anniversaries that have changed the course of our country’s trajectory in truly profound ways:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 25 years ago this year—an enormous step forward for civil rights and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The impact of the ADA can hardly be overstated—it has irreversibly changed the course of the quality of life for millions of people across the U.S.
  • VSA opened its doors 40 years ago—earmarking 4 decades of commitment to providing quality arts and education programming to people with disabilities around the globe.
01/07/2015 - Meeting Place 2015

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Arts Access Australia presents Meeting Place 2015.

Meeting Place 2015 brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic work.

Topics will include:

  • Geek out: the arts and disability tech-space Representation
  • how the sector talks about itself Moving towards disability leadership
  • making it real Mind your Ps and Qs
  • the ever changing story of language Don’t hold back
  • critiquing art by artists with disability

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