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Accessible Arts | Our News

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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The Accessible Arts Grants Program consists of QuickResponse Grants up to $5000 and Small Grants from $5000-20000, over two-grants rounds in 2015 and 2016.

Grants are for projects that improve access for current and future Scheme participants, other people with brain and/or spinal cord injuries and people with disability more generally.

The funding program will support arts and cultural projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation. They can include projects that support online resources, venue accessibility, adaptation of equipment for specific use in creative expression and other initiatives supporting the creation od artwork.

More information on how to apply here on the Grants Section on this website.

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The Australian Chamber Orchestra [ACO] are 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 and only two per transaction per customer. 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 | What's On

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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You are invited to attend the opening of Little Orange, an exhibition by the Big Blue Artists, that will take place next Friday 20 March at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The Big Blue Arts studio program begun in 2014 and fosters high quality artistic practice in the visual arts for people with a disability. Through advocacy, education and information, Big Blue Arts promotes full inclusion, access and professional development in the arts. Big Blue artists are given the opportunity to connect with contemporary practicing artists through workshops, fostering relationships with the broader arts community. 


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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

April 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

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Accessible Arts | Features

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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Murmuration Dance Theatre is Sydney’s first professional integrated dance company, working alongside artists with and without disability to create new contemporary dance theatre works.

Based as a resident of Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville, Murmuration's vision is to develop a hub of integrated creative activity. The driving force behind Murmuration Dance Theatre is Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo in collaboration with Artistic Associate, Dan Daw and Projects Manager Ana Welsh.

To celebrate the small beginning’s of something big the Murmur Team would like to invite you to their Community Launch on Tuesday 14 April at Addison Road Community Centre, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, for a no frills celebration.

This will be a chance to meet the team and hear all about the 2015 program. Be sure to check out the website for full program details or email or

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Accessible Arts | Sector News

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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.

krist tito with fellow artists in glasgow

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.

On Monday 16 March, Accessible Arts attended and presented at the Arts and Disability Programming Forum, held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Strategic Projects Manager Gemma Collocott, presented to the 30 attendees on the organisation, grants programs, the upcoming expo and how Accessible Arts are strategically responding to the NDIS for the sector in NSW.

Gemma highlighted the projects Accessible Arts are producing over 2015 and 2016, including the small grants program, funded by Lifetime Care and Support Authority. The inaugural arts + disability expo was discussed and promoted as an opportunity for individuals, groups and families to meet and hear from the various exhibitors, allowing them to have greater choice and resources to fully participate in the arts.

The Supported Studio Network project was also discussed, which has a new national focus with 10 studios included in the program from six states and territories.

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