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Accessible Arts | Our News

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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 3 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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Accessible Arts | What's On

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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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'Lighting of Sails’ Audio-Described Tour - FREE

Sydney Opera House is excited to invite visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to join us for a personalised audio-described tour of the Opera House’s ‘Lighting of Sails’, Vivid LIVE’s most public event.

Take a front row seat on the Western Broadwalk and listen to live visual descriptions of these images projected onto the iconic Opera House sails. Other sensory and tactile elements will be incorporated into the tour to enhance the overall experience.

Dates: Monday 25 May - Wednesday 27 May / Monday 1 June - Wednesday 3 June

Start time: 6:15pm

Meeting Point: Western Foyers Box Office

Duration: 30min

Registration is essential: Book by calling 9250 7175 or email your details to

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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

June 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

Accessible Arts ABN: 48 116 402 192

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Accessible Arts | Features

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.

Over the last five weeks artist and illustrator Eric Atkins has been working with artists Kim Staples and Max Hillier to develop characters and a storyline for his new children's book. Eric has been learning how to draw cartoon characters using the circle method and also doing some work on shading. Eric is enjoying the weekly workshops and the opportunity to work with Kim and Max. “I really want to tell some of my story through the characters and I am enjoying this project very much” . 

Eric is being mentored as part of the 'Heading Out' project which is an exciting one-year strategic partnership in regional development between Accessible Arts and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on the NSW Mid-North Coast. Eric's mentorship is part of the Libraries project which will see his book published book as a series of illustrations and text. 'Heading Out' supports the artist’s professional practice through him becoming a  published author and illustrator.

'Heading Out' will embed inclusive arts opportunities in the Council’s newly created Place Making initiative, and on an ongoing basis, develop and support professional coordination between arts and disability projects in the Mid-North Coast region.

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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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