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Accessible Arts News



Logo of Dont Dis My Ability Campaign

More than $28,000 in funding to boost arts and disability practice in NSW has been awarded to 10 grant recipients through the Accessible Arts Delineate arts grants program, part of the annual Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign.

Projects across visual arts, music, dance, writing, radio and photography received small grants of up to $3,000.

Accessible Arts would like to congratulate the successful recipients and looks forward to profiling the events in November and December. A full recipient list can be viewed on the Delineate webpage.

Photo of intern Johanna Garvin working at the Scribbler Literature ForumIn April Johanna Garvin, a fourth year Communications and Media student at the University of Notre Dame Australia, began a 12-week internship with Accessible Arts.  Johanna recently completed her placement and is now on her way to study at the University of Minnesota. She will be sadly missed, but we wish her all the best. 

"I have had such a great time at Accessible Arts. I have enjoyed learning about what role the organisation has in advocating for people with disabilities," reflects Johanna.

20/08/2014 - Voices are Being Heard

Group photo of participants in the Own Voice projectSince our pilot commenced in September 2013, the Lismore Own Voice group for artists with a disability has been growing and blossoming.

Under the direction of facilitator, Jacqueline King the group members have continued to meet on a regular basis to discuss upcoming opportunities, grant submissions and all things art.

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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.

Exhibition: 17 - 22 September : Gallery Lane Cove : Artworks include ceramics, paintings, handmade paper art and installations

Workshops : Bankstown Arts Centre : 13, 14, 21 and 22 September : Contemporary Dance.

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MOVE participant dancing with chamber ensemble playing in the background The Australian Chamber Orchestra, one of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations, has devised and implemented, in accordance with their Disability Action Plan, its newest program - ACO MOVE - music and movement for adolescents and young adults with disability.

During June and July of this year, over five morning sessions and free of charge,  a total of 12 participants aged from 19 to 26 years with mixed abilities, were invited into the ACO studio at Circular Quay.

Image of artist Daniel Monks lying on ground covered in dead leavesSo far in my project, "Free the Body, Free the Soul", I have had the privilege of two weeks at Bundanon, participating in the Beyond the Technique Residency 2, with Dance Integrated Australia and the "No Time Like Now" project with the Bundanon Trust working with my project partner, Philip Channells, on both.

I have been able to greatly expand my dance and choreographic knowledge, as well as make valuable professional connections and friendships.

Headshot of Morwenna CollettMorwenna Collett, Disability Coordinator at the Australia Council for the Arts, will shortly be heading off to London on a secondment with the Unlimited UK Festival at the Southbank Centre. 

Unlimited was originally part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists on an unprecedented scale. Organisations Shape and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year programme of Unlimited commissions with Jo Verrent as Senior Producer and key partners including Creative Scotland, British Council, Southbank Centre and DaDaFest. 


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Sector News

Logo of Sydney Opera House Education Program - Pink EyeDiscover how dance, music, theatre and visual arts can unlock your students' learning in stimulating and enjoyable ways. 

Teachers will have the opportunity to discuss latest research, participate in creative arts workshops, learn about professional arts education programs and meet key leaders in the arts and disability network.

This forum is presented in partnership with the Sydney Opera HouseMuseum of Contemporary Art and Accessible Arts.

Hand drawing of peacockArtists with a disability in Wagga Wagga and the Riverina had every reason to be proud of their achievements when the Art to Crow About Exhibition, now in its 10th year, was officially opened as part of a global exhibition in the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery recently.

The works are on display in the Links Gallery until the 28 September. Reflecting the commitment and hard work of the artists over the last twelve months, the exhibition includes drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture and garden art and all works are on sale to the viewing public.

NSW government LOGOOn 14 August 2014, the Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 passed Parliament. Replacing the Disability Services Act 1993, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka describes the new Act as a 'rights based inclusion framework'.

The National Disability Scheme consulted extensively and made two comprehensive submissions to the development of this Bill. NDS thanks members for their contributions, which have helped shape the final version of the Act. Members will be advised by NDS when details of the Act's commencement are proclaimed.

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.

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