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Accessible Arts is excited to announce that it has again been successful in being able to offer the Delineate Grant Round funding in 2015-2016. 

This grant round will see six recipients funded over two years where they will receive $4000 in late 2015, and $4000 in 2016, to support and foster opportunities in the arts.  

Delineate is moving forward in supporting disability-led projects that build capacity, leadership skills, and artistic networks for artists with disability. 

We are looking forward to opening this new grant round in late October 2015, so stay tuned to this space.

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‘Heading West’ is a region-to-region response to arts and disability development in regional NSW. It partners the success of the Accessible Arts' North Coast 'Creating Connections' program with the emerging New England Arts North West 'Enable Arts' program.

As a community driven initiative Heading West needed input from relevant community members to help drive the project. To that end a community forum was held in Armidale that was attended by 40 community representatives, artists with disability, council staff and arts and disability advocates. 

The forum showcased examples of ways the region can support artists with disabilities through a dedicated arts and disabilities support network; sharing of information, resources, and opportunities; professional development for artists with disabilities and the development of arts workshop spaces and galleries.

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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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What's On

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Join us at Carriageworks 18 and 19 September for the arts + disability expo.

Come and meet 27 exhibitors from the arts and disability sector over two days, who will be showcasing the products and services they have available for individuals, groups and families wanting to fully participate in the arts.

Opening times:

Friday 18 September 10am – 4pm

Saturday 19 September 10am – 3pm

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Full details on the expo website.

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Have you ever wondered how blind people, and people with low vision get around in Sydney? BlindWiki is a community-based smartphone app that gives a chance for these citizens to share their own experiences. 

Expect not only information on barriers and aids, but also stories of being blind or living with low vision in Sydney. With time, the app will build a nuanced overview of the cityscape, mapping experiences and opinions to create a collaborative cartography of the unseen.

Join artist Antoni Abad for the public launch of the website where sighted people can learn how to use the app on a tour of Sydney University’s Camperdown campus. Find full event details for BlindWiki at Art and About website.

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Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture. Guided by experienced and specialist training Sculpture by the Sea staff and guides from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, participants will be encouraged to engage with sculpture through informed discussion and touch.

The 2015 Tactile Tour program also provides audio description tours for participants who are blind or vision impaired. Cost is FREE. Please visit the Sculpture by the Sea website to find out how to book.

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Studio A (formally known as Studio ARTISTS) were super excited to launch our new brand at 2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.

Hosted by Carriageworks, Sydney Contemporary describes itself as presenting ‘over 90 galleries from 13 countries, offering visitors access to cutting-edge art from some of the world’s most respected artists as well as the opportunity to discover the next generation of emerging talent'.

Studio A artists Mathew Calandra and Greg Sindel each showcased a range of new work at the four day event. Inspired by the classic 'NeverEnding Story' film, Calandra’s work ranged from soft sculpture to etching. Sindel’s work included screenprints and a fresh of press graphic novel ‘Horrendous Myths’. Order your very own ‘Horrendous Myth’ publication please visit 

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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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Sector News

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The Beyond Technique Residency is on again! 

Expressions of Interest are now open for Australian and international artists wishing to attend the third annual live-in dance residency. This week-long skills development and performance-making project will take place at Bundanon Trust’s Boyd Education Centre from Sunday 1 – Sunday 8 November 2015.

This project is accessible for participants with physical / sensory impairment and is suitable for dancers with learning difficulty. The Boyd Education Centre and accommodation is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there will be a team of Auslan interpreters available for Deaf artists.

Please visit Philip Channells' website for how to apply.

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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