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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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November 2014:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here


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Celebrate Don’t DIS my ABILITY by joining in some of the fun events and activities taking place in and around NSW.

Throughout November and December, event organisers, councils, arts facilitators, sport centres, disability service providers and support centres hold events as part of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. 

The 2014 Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign is supporting three feature events in NSW. The No Offence, BUT comedy cabaret is the highlight event of the 2014 Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Other featured events include the Access All Areas Film Festival and the Delineate arts programme

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The Talented Mr Digby is a feature documentary about three friends with an intellectual disability on a quest to become independent. 

Digby Webster is a 27-year-old talented artist who dreams of one day moving out of home. His friend Tom Elenor fantasises about fame and stardom, and award-winning actress Tracie Sammut now wants to teach other people with a disability and put a stop to industry stereotyping and typecasting with disability.

Let's spread the word and see this great project get the support it needs. Pledge now through the Project's Pozible Campaign Page.

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What a year it’s been!  My visual arts residency with the pain scientists - Professor Lorimer Moseley and his team in Adelaide and NeuRA in Sydney – has been exceptionally fruitful. I’ve learned, collected, participated in the latest pain research and experiments with them.

As a direct result of this research residency, I’ll be having an exhibition at the Hawkes Building, University of South Australia during National Pain Week in July 2015, along with other events by contributing scientists.

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Georgia Cranko, Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, Amanda Yeo, and Audio Visual Creative, Andy Ko present 'NoRMAL' as part of the Arts Activated Conference, Chatswood Concourse, 29th October at 11am.

The final performance of NoRMAL is free entry and will be at the Lakemba Senior Citizens’ Centre, 2 December at 6.30pm (leading to the International Day of Persons with Disability).

[Photo by Belinda Mason]

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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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