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Accessible Arts News

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The Australian Chamber Orchestra [ACO] is offering a new ticketing incentive for people with disability. People that quote 'Accessible Arts' can access tickets for any ACO Sydney Opera House concert Hall performance at the price of $46.

This is across all price reserves and seating. Limit of 50 tickets in total for each performance. This offer will be available from the Sydney Opera House box office for phone and counter bookings only +61 2 9250 7111.

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Accessible Arts is proud to announce the release of the cultural program for the arts + disability expo. View the full program online and download the Word version

In other expo news, hear Sancha Donald CEO speak with Eastside Radio 89.7FM at 6pm, Tuesday 15 September.

We are also seeking volunteers for the 2-day event. Please contact Bea Giorgi, Expo Coordinator, to discuss your participation. Email Bea at

A reminder that registration is free and online at the registration page of the expo website

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The two-year Catalyst Dance Residency Program 2015 - 2016 call for 'Expressions of Interest' is now open nationally to all dancers with and without disability. 

The Catalyst Dance Residency Program is a national artist development program across two years for dance practitioners with and without disability who demonstrate a commitment to integrated dance practice. It will run over two years and comprise of a: 

  • 7-day Skill and Career Development Residency, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2015 
  • 6-day Choreographic Research Lab Residency with Critical Path, Sydney, 2016 

Key residency dates: 

 Year One 2015 - Sunday 11 October – Saturday 17 October 

 Year Two 2016 - Monday 15 August – Saturday 20 August  

Visit the Catalyst Dance website to apply to this exciting opportunity.

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What's On

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What: A joint art exhibition by the artists at Sunshine and Catholic Care Disability Futures
When: Opening night Friday 11 September * 6pm to 8pm
Also Open Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 * 9.30am to 4pm
Saturday 12 and 19 * 10am to 2pm
Monday 14 to Friday 18 * 9.30am to 4pm
Where: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby
Who: Anyone interested in visual art
Cost: free
Contact: or 94968771
Website: Sunshine and Catholic Care Disability Futures
Access: Wheelchair accessible with lift and accessible parking

19/08/2015 - Sensorium Theatre

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This highly specialised, hands-on, interactive theatre experience for young people with disabilities arrives at Sydney Opera House on the Saturday 22 August.  Experience a tactile, hands-on story where touch, taste and smell are as important as sight and sound! Call +61 2 9250 7755 for more information and to book!

The performance is 75min long (including Q&A) will be in the Utzon Room, and is recommended for children 5 - 8 years of age. The audience size is limited to 14 children each session to ensure all the children’s needs are catered for.

Cost: One Child + One Free Carer $35

Additional Observer $35

More information found online at the Sydney Opera House event listing.

23/07/2015 - Seventeen at Belvoir

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Seventeen - Belvoir Theatre

Captioned performance
2pm, 29 August 2015

Audio-described performance
2pm, 5 September 2015

This one’s a real treat no matter which way you look at it. Peter Carroll, Maggie Dence, John Gaden, Genevieve Lemon, Barry Otto, Anna Volska. The lot of them.

These venerables play a group of teenagers; drinking, singing, dancing, gabbling, worrying and maybe even pashing, their way through their last night of childhood and their first night of adulthood.

Funny, immature, wise and a little bit but quite beautifully sad, Seventeen is about the size of life. Visit Belvoir to find out more information.

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A significant, anonymous gift donation to Northern Rivers based screen industry organisation, Northern Rivers Screenworks will allow it to fund twice the number of locally produced short films during the second year of its Createability project.

In just the first 6 months alone, the project has been attracting a lot of positive interest, as well as the attention of a local philanthropist.

As a result of the goodwill of the donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, Screenworks is now planning to double the number of short films to be produced for the second year of the program. You can read the full article here on the Screenworks website.

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Accessible Arts would like to congratule artists Carla and Lisa Wherby for winning the Sustainability Art Award 2015 at the 2015 Auburn Mayoral Art Awards. Pictured here at Peacock Gallery with their entry called the 'Sydney Housing Crisis: Shocked, Hocked, Blocked and Rocked'.

The sisters felt compelled to make a statement about the terrible Sydney housing crisis and the shocking consequences affecting almost everyone, especially the vulnerable. The artists won $500. Carla and Lisa said, "We were very humble and shocked to have won a prize two years in a row. We intend to put the prize money towards creating our next artwork."

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Congratulations to Deaf Artist Stefan Kater with his work, ‘A black diamond’, on being selected as a finalist of the Sulman prize

Auslan tour: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2015 with Stefan Kater

When: 16 September, 7.15pm to 8pm

Where: Art Gallery of NSW - View event listing here at the galleries website

For Deaf and hearing-impaired visitors

Take a tour of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition with Deaf artist Stefan Kater, who is a 2015 Sulman finalist and was also represented in the Archibald in 1975.

Stefan will give his insights into what it is like to enter all three competitions, and his experiences as a finalist.

No bookings required. Just meet at the information desk.

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Sector News

19/08/2015 - Free Tickets Allocated

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All free tickets for Arts Access Australia's upcoming 'Meeting Place' have been allocated. You can still organise for a paid place by contacting Arts Access Australia. A bursary is now available to provide successful applicants with a contribution of up to $500 towards travel and accommodation costs associated with attending the event.

Meeting place brings together people interested in arts and disability to generate real conversations about the distinct nature of the sector. 

Visit the event listing on AAA's website for full details.

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What is Reasonable and Necessary in your life?

Access2Arts, in partnership with Arts Access Australia (AAA) is encouraging people to think big about their goals and their futures, and providing a fun and creative way for people to share these goals with the creation of ‘Reasonable and Necessary’.

‘Reasonable and Necessary’ is a participatory art project aimed at offering people with disability an opportunity to contribute their aspirations of what they consider ‘reasonable and necessary’ in their lives.

Give your thoughts about what is ‘Reasonable and Necessary’ in your life at the project website.

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