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Accessible Arts News

Image of screenshot from youtube video of the workshopOver the last few months, Accessible Arts' Deaf Arts Officer, Joanna Agius, has been working in partnership with Auslan Stage Left to present training in 'Theatre Interpretation for Interpreters and Deaf Consultants'. 

A special thanks to Sign Language Communication (SLC) for their sponsorship of the workshop. 

The training was a great success with 18 Interpreters and 11 Deaf Consultants in attendance in Sydney. Watch the video to find out more about this exciting partnership.

Image of Scribbler Conference Convenor Gaele Sobbot, Arts Development Manager Kris Titp and Artist Richard Bell

On the 24 June 2014, Accessible Arts held the Scribbler Literature Forum at the State Library of NSW. The goal behind this forum was to bring together writers with and without disability, and literary industry professionals to discuss barriers faced by writers with disability and current opportunities to build capacity in this area. 

Gaele Sobott, writer and arts/disability advocate, convened Scribbler and developed a program engaging critical thinking around the current lack of inclusion for writers with disability in leadership roles, writers' festivals and on varied writing platforms. 

Arts Activated Conference Logo Green and pink arrowsArts Activated 2014 has launched its dedicated Conference website.

The site hosts all program, registration, sponsorship and access information in one convenient location.

Easy to navigate, it also features the recently released Conference Program streamsregistration ratesaccommodation and access information

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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.

Conference : Sydney : 5 - 6 September 2014: Discover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock students' learning in stimulating and enjoyable ways.

Performance : Sydney : 15 - 16 August : Audio described performances at the Sydney Opera House are available to schools (years 3 to 6) and to the general public.

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Image of Naidoc week speakers and auslan interpreter on main stageDeaf Arts Officer Joanna Agius recently attended the NAIDOC opening ceremony where she met seven other Deaf/hard of hearing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Joanna reported that it was great to see an Auslan Interpreter on the stage with presenter Luke Carroll explaining about the event programs, History of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Culture, food and dance.

Logo of British Council UK

The British Council launched a new website to help promote the work of artists with disability across the globe.

The Disability Arts International website currently aims to showcase the best of British or UK-based artists with disability and disability-led companies. It also promotes the unique UK narrative around disability and the arts.

It is a great resouce and we encourage you to check it out.

Image of Amplify your art writer Christine Johnson sitting at her writing desk

Along with my fellow artists, I took up my 'Amplify your art' grant in February 2014. Now, in mid-July, I approach a key point in what has been a long but creative journey. 

My project aim: to self-edit my first novel and reach my destination with an improved manuscript - shorter and more concise.  Within twenty pages of finishing my self-edit I have cut over 30,000 words. Less is more!

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Sector News

Screen shot of Acting Disability Commissioner Susan Ryan's youtube addressImportant news this month for the disability sector is the introduction of Commissioner Susan Ryan, who recently stepped into the role of Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

The Australian Human Rights Commission will be holding a National Disability Forum in September to seek ways to improve lives for Australians with disabilities.

In preparation for the forum, Susan will soon release a survey for people with disabilities to identify the key issues that they face. We will keep you posted about how to be part of the discussion.

24/07/2014 - Beyond Our Boundaries

Image of Beyond our Boundaries LogoBeyond Our Boundaries is an initiative of the Festival of Voices, inviting individuals and groups of artists living with disability to showcase their talent in the creative hub and heart of Hobart in July 2015.

Beyond Our Boundaries is currently seeking expressions of interest.

You can register your interest online or email for more information.

Australia Council for the Arts LogoThe Australia Council is inviting applications from Australian cultural leaders and influencers with disability to participate in an intensive leadership residency for Leaders with Disability, 22 to 26 October 2014.

The residency is presented by Jo Verrent, a UK based artist, producer and consultant with disability who specialises in the development of diversity and access.

Sync is a program for up to 12 people with disability and will take place over a five-day period in Sydney. Applications close 30 July 2014.

Visit the Australia Council website for more information.

Arts Access Australia, the national peace body for arts and disability are currently running a number of exciting initiatives.

These include Emma Bennison's Increasing Disability Leadership project, expressions of interest are opening for an exhibition by artists with a disability, and the re opening of Access Funds.

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