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Accessible Arts | Our News

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As a feature of the arts + disability expo, Accessible Arts is hosting a photographic exhibition which will display up to 20 photographic artworks, submitted by individuals with disability. The photographic artworks must capture the object “stick” in a literal, conceptual or figurative form.

This is a great opportunity for individuals with a disability, including emerging and professional artists, students and members of the public, to showcase their artworks in a high profile and unique setting. 

Visit the photographic exhibition page of the expo website to view the guidelines and criteria, and submit your application

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Accessible Arts is working in partnership with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to present three performances of the ‘Messiah’ at the Sydney Opera House in December 2015. A signing choir of 10-12 volunteers from the Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing community will join the choral choir to perform the ‘Messiah’.  

We need you!

We are looking for voluntary Deaf or hard of hearing skilled sign singers to join us to perform ‘Messiah’ with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Our aim is to form a choir of 20 people who will commit to the project and all the performances. To find out how to apply please visit the Deaf Arts Network webpage for full details.

22/04/2015 - CEO Quarterly

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My quarterly column begins with the exiting news of the launch of the first integrated arts company in NSW. Murmuration Dance Theatre, directed by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo was launched on 14 April  at Gumbramorra Hall, Marrickville. This is a milestone in the development of the arts and disability sector in NSW. The company is set to expand the pathways and provide role models for those with disability who are inspired to immerse themselves in contemporary dance practice.

Click this link for full article.

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Accessible Arts | What's On

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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

23/04/2015 - Vivid Festival 2015

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Vivid Festival 2015

Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid 2015 will run from the 22nd of May until the 8th of June 2015. There will be a variety of audio described events throughout the Festival. Please visit the Vivid wesbite for full festival information.

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What: Inclusive Dance Theatre Workshops

When: Tuesday nights, 6:00 - 7.:30pm. First workshop is April 21 2015

Where: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre. 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW 2204

Who: All ages, all abilities. No previous dance or theatre experience required. Registration essential, head to our website to register.

Cost: Free trial available. $10 - Murmur Members (prepaid), $12 - Student/Teacher/Artist rate, $15 - Casual rate.


02 95694850


Access: Addison Road Community Centre is an accessible venue with level entrance, reserved parking and accessible bathrooms in Gumbramorra Hall. 

Access services: Auslan Interpretation is available with bookings. For any further access needs please call.

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What: Murmuration Dance Theatre Community Launch

When:14/4/15 6:00-7:30pm

Where: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre. 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW 2204

Who: Everyone. All ages, all inclusive, family event.

Cost: Free


02 95694850


Access: Addison Road Community Centre is an accessible venue with level entrance, reserved parking and accessible bathrooms in Gumbramorra Hall. 

Access services: Auslan Interpretation is available with bookings. For any further access needs please call.

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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

May 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

Accessible Arts in Pictures

Accessible Arts | Features

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Accessible Arts is delighted to announce a partnership with Imogen Yang and her audio description company 'Insightful' for this years' Vivid Sydney. Along with other new access and inclusion initiatives being delivered in 2015, Vivid Sydney is extending its experience to audio description of selected light walk installations and precinct vantage points. 

The audio description work of Imogen Yang is a poetic and visceral experience that we encourage all audiences to experience and enjoy. To access the audio description service please visit the Vivid Sydney website

22/04/2015 - Cementa Festival 2015

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On the 9 – 12 April 2015 the central west town of Kandos held its second biennale Contemporary Arts Festival Cementa15. Curated by directors Ann Finegan, Alex Wisser and Christine McMillian, Cementa15 offered an extensive program with over 60 artists exhibiting works across 20 venues throughout the town.

Cementa15 included local, indigenous, regional and metropolitan artists who responded to the post-industrial town in a variety of mediums and contexts.

Click this link for full article.

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UnbardTV Series 4 is here! Watch the Trailer.

Series 4 of Sunnyfield's very own and Australias only Arts and Disability TV series will launch on Foxtels' Aurora Channel on April 12 at 7pm.

The series showcases Sunnyfield's Community Culture and Arts Program and documents some of the exciting projects Sunnyfield clients have been involved in recently.

UnbardTV captures the artistic process and talents of people with and without a disability and breaks down the barriers around disability and the arts.

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Accessible Arts | Sector News

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ACO MOVE has been designed to encourage young adults (16 to 22 years) with disability to develop movement through live music in a safe and inclusive environment.

Over five sessions [10am to 12pm] participants will have the exciting opportunity to be involved with the ACO.

All classes will be led by movement facilitator Dean Watson working in collaboration with ACO musicians, percussion, invited guests and support staff.

Saturday 20th and 27th of June; Saturday 4th and 11th of July. Presentation Wednesday 15th of July.

Visit the ACO website to apply today.

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This is your mission. The Kennedy Center asks you to bring honesty to the table. To shift perception through media, video, and creative story telling. To showcase that people are people first, not simply defined by a disability. This is the TILT challenge.

TiLT asks you to share your disability experience, in your own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters, through the art of digital media and storytelling. The challenge seeks authentic stories that will inform, enlighten and tilt this perception.

The TiLT Challenge invites middle school, high school, and pre-professional students, ages 13-22, from around the world to submit. Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length and are due May 15, 2015. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of July 20-26, 2015.

Please share with young film and media makers! Visit the TiLT Challenge website to find out more.

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Early in March 2015 a summit was held at Project Ability’s headquarters Trongate 103, a supported studio, in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit brought together eleven support studios from around the world to participate in discussion and sharing of ideas around creative practice, in this area. Funding support through Creative Scotland enabled Project Ability to host this distinguished event.

Kris Tito, Arts Development Manager, and Gabrielle Mordy, Artistic Director of Studio Artes, attended the summit as Accessible Arts’ Supported Studio Network representatives. Gabrielle was supported to attend through her Australia Council for the Arts travel grant to research studios in the UK and USA.  The summit was a great introduction to unknown studios from across the world.

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