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Registration is now closed to the leading arts and disability Conference in Australia. The Arts Activated 2014 Conference showcases the accomplishments of people with disability, as artists, leaders, audience and advocates, alongside the collective efforts of their supporters.  

Across a two-day event, the Conference provides the perfect opportunity to explore, debate, discuss, connect and galvanise the growing culture of inclusive arts practice.




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Accessible Arts is seeking motivated and skilled members for the Supported Studio Network [SSN] National Steering Group. SSN defines a supported studio as a ‘sustained creative environment that fosters and supports the individual practice of visual artists with disability’.

18/09/2014 - The move is upon us!

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We are moving! Friday 26 September to the historic Arts Exchange Building at 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks. Please note that between Wednesday 24 - Friday 29 September we will have reduced services. Our phone number remains the same +61 2 9251 6499 and we will do our best to respond to matters as quickly as possible. The move is part of Arts NSW's strategic approach to house similar arts organisations together.


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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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Accessible Arts in partnership with Sydney Opera House and Musuem of Contemporary Art [MCA] recently held a two day professional development forum between the Opera House and the MCA. Frank Newman, Creative Learning Specialist, from the Sydney Opera House says, "This two day forum had two very strong themes.

The first was a simple teaching principle for those in the disability sector; every student can learn, you just have to keep trying to find ways to engage. This message came through most clearly during the Keynote Forum with Artist Tim Sharp (AKA Laser Beak Man), Judy Sharp (Tim’s Mother) and an influential teacher, Cath Grealy, in Tim’s journey to becoming an internationally recognised artist.

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Helden Tenor Richard Lane has been busy working with project partner, Peter Coleman-Wright learning new repertoire for auditions and for an upcoming overseas professional development opportunity in November.   Richard says, "I recently performed 'The Rosemary Canticles' written and conducted by the Australian composer, Dr Paul Paviour in the Goulburn Cathedral. It was an honour to be a part of this homage to the ANZACS, fallen and returned with such wonderful music and text.

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The Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk is a vibrant outdoor exhibition of sculptures from the Transfield Art Collection located around Walsh Bay just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are currently seven sculpture works located throughout the precinct. Some can be found near or along Hickson Road, which curves behind the five finger wharves of Walsh Bay, while others can be found on the wharves themselves.


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Sector News

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National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is happening this year from 18-24 October 2014, under the theme, “Strengthening Human Diversity”. It is a week long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community. Registration for events closes 26 September. Go to the Deaf Australia NWDP website to find out more.


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The increased interest in outsider art will be discussed next month in Melbourne at the 'Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context' Conference. The Conference proposes an inter-disciplinary exploration of the field, drawing on the experience and knowledge of Australian and international artists, collectors, curators and scholars. Visit the website to view the program.


Image of Sydney Opera House LogoThe Sydney Opera House has launched its 2015 Creative Learning Program, featuring live performances and interactive presentations. Watch the Launch Live Stream video on youtube to hear about the Opera House's leading education initiatives.

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