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Accessible Arts News

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Accessible Arts is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the Lifetime Care and Support Authority to develop and manage several new programs over the next two years. The programs will further the participatory and professional opportunities in the arts of people with disability in NSW.

There are a series of programs to be funded and greater details will be provided as they are developed. For now you can click through to read the program overviews.

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The Arts Activated Conference was successfully held on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October.
We are in the process of collating and publishing photos, transcripts, conference presentation information.
If you have any post-Conference enquiries please contact Gemma Collocott, Conference Convenor by email at

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Accessible Arts will be hosting a Creative Programs Network (CPN) meeting on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at the Bankstown Arts Centre.
The CPN facilitates and supports involvement in development, implementation and evaluation of creative arts programs throughout Sydney.
For more information about how to attend please visit the CPN page on this website.

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What's On

Performances : Sydney : May to December 2014 : audio described, captioned and Auslan interpreted STC performances

Performances : Surry Hills : Various dates in 2014 : Belvoir Street Theatre has released details of its audio-described (AD) and captioned (CAP) performances for the 2014 season.

Event : Tuggerah : Monthly in 2014 : Popular new release children's movies will be shown in a friendly environment catering for children with special needs at Event Cinemas

Festival : New Zealand : 22 - 24 Oct 2014 : Interact 2014 is New Zealand's most significant annual disability arts festival showcasing and celebrating Disability Arts. 

Festival : Stanwell Tops NSW : 21 -24 October 2014 : For people with a disability to find their voice through the creative outlets of music, dance, art and performance.

Performance : Penrith : Saturday 3 May and 18 October 2014 : Audio Described performances of Bell Shakespeare's Henry V.

Exhibition: 17 - 22 September : Gallery Lane Cove : Artworks include ceramics, paintings, handmade paper art and installations

Workshops : Bankstown Arts Centre : 13, 14, 21 and 22 September : Contemporary Dance.

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December 2014:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here


Video of Daniel Monks and Accessible Arts Donation fundraising Campaign

Listen to the Accessible Arts Campaign Video for our 2014 Christmas fundraising donation drive.

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Songwriter Dave Mason has used his Amplify your art grant to develop radical new interpretations of several of his original songs and covers – developing his skills as a solo performer and producer. Working with graphic designer Libby Blainey and music producer Scott Saunders, Dave has produced both new musical versions and visual treatments.

Dave hopes that the development of Dave Mason: Electronic, a solo performance, will allow him the freedom to perform in a greater variety of venues without the responsibilities and compromises of working with a band.

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The current major exhibition is Pop to Popism ~ Pop art exploded onto the cultural scene in the early 1960s as a new generation of artists rebelled against ‘high art’ to embrace the world of advertising, film stars, pop music and consumerism. This runs until start of March, 2015. 

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Funding between $20,000 and $60,000 is available to support professional arts projects for people with disability in NSW. Arts and cultural organisations, disability organisations, partnerships and groups are eligible apply.

The funding will support projects that increase the involvement of people with disability in arts and cultural activities. The funding aims to improve social outcomes for people with disability.

Projects must start on or after 1 June 2015. Projects must finish by 31 December 2016.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday, 9 February 2015. More information here found online at ArtsNSW website.

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Sector News

Access All Areas Film Festival shows how easy it can be to make culture accessible to everyone, and brings great films to audiences that would not otherwise have a chance to enjoy them. The festival promotes inclusiveness and raises awareness of ability and access issues. 

An accessible showcase of new Australian films for people with a disability. The tour features 60+ screenings at accessible cinemas, schools, community centres and disability groups in NSW and nationally.

Cinema screenings take place through out NSW from the 2nd-16th December, including a complimentary drinks reception at our 3rd of December session to celebrate International day of people living with a disability. For more information check out the cinema tour page.

Sydney Festival 2015 LogoSydney Festival welcomes all visitors and makes every effort to ensure the program is accessible to their whole audience.

The 2015 Sydney Festival program is available in a range of alternative formats and we encourage you to visit the Access webpage on the Festival website for more information about what is on offer during the season.

Be sure to book early and not miss out on tactile tours, audio described and Auslan interpreted shows.

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All shapes. All sizes. All types. All abilities. STARE FEST is an arts event for everyone.

STARE FEST is produced by Riverside Theatres’ Beyond the Square, an inclusive creative program uniting arts and disability organisations together to present an exciting two week program of theatre, film, dance, music and art across Parramatta.

Get yourself involved in one of the many free workshops, attend a show, buy some original artwork, see a film but most of all come and STARE!

Check out the Stare Fest program online here at the website

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For the Deaf and hard of hearing community, you can now access the Disability Inclusion Act in Auslan. The Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 was passed by the NSW Parliament on 14 August 2014 and is now the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (the Act).

The Act aims to better recognise the human rights of people with disability and to help people move to the new funding arrangements under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Before the Act can commence, the Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014 needs to be finalised to ensure the Act operates effectively.

The draft Regulation has now been issued for public consultation. It is planned that the new Act and Regulation will start on 3 December 2014, International Day of People with Disability.

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