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Accessible Arts News

17/12/2015 - CEO Quarterly Message

My final column for the year reflects on our productive year – and points a little to 2016. We opened the year with ‘Heading Out’, a partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and ‘Heading West’ in partnership with Arts North West. Both projects produced outcomes beyond expectations. As these projects wind-up in December we say good-bye to Julie Barratt who has been with Accessible Arts for four years.

With funding from icare Lifetime Care and Support we provided $198,000 in Small and Quick Response grants to not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. [click here or article heading to read Sancha's full message]

Accessible Arts is pleased to offer a second year of funding through its 2016 Small Grants Program.

Supported by Lifetime Care, the program consists of two opportunities for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. 

The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000 – $20,000 

The Quick Response Grant offers funding up to $5,000 for artist projects that demonstrate evidence of urgency, unforeseen or sudden opportunity.

More information and grant guidelines can be found on the grants webpage.

Current Employment Opportunities 

Deaf Arts Officer - Part time (Three days per week)

  • Stunning office location in The Rocks, Sydney
  • Active small team environment
  • Attractive NFP salary packaging options available, allowing you to sacrifice up to $16,050 per year from pre-tax salary
  • Package includes salary, 9.5% statutory superannuation and 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Start date: February 2016 
A full position description can be found at our Employment page.

Accessible Arts will be hosting Caroline Bowditch as guest presenter and facilitator of a Creative Causeway gathering at Critical Path. Caroline is touring her show 'Falling in Love with Frida' to Australia in early 2016 in partnership with Outlandish Arts

When: 9 March 2016 from 10am to 12:30pm

This is a free event to register your interest in attending email

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What's On

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"We welcome all visitors to Sydney Festival events and make every effort to ensure the program is accessible to our whole audience." The 2016 Sydney Festival program again delivers concerts, opera, installations, theatre and dance to audiences with disability in multiple alternative formats. 

Visit the Festival Access and Inclusion webpage for full information about what's on this season.

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Caroline Bowditch with Outlandish Arts presents her intimate and enticing show exploring the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), exposing little-known facts about the infamous woman, remembered for her art.

Falling in love with Frida is the reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love like obsession, an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for. Affinities and parallels are drawn and the tale of 'the great concealer' is skillfully revealed through powerful yet fragile bodies.

Performance at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta:

  • Friday 4 March 2016 - 7.30pm
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 2pm matinee
  • Saturday 5 March 2016 - 7.30pm

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Marking the beginning of a four year partnership with DADAA, PIAF is thrilled to announce an exciting new professional development opportunity to the dance and disability sector available in 2016.

For the 2016 Festival, PIAF has invited Scottish multi-disciplinary performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham, to be artist–in–residence. Claire will present two performance works and lead a week of artist workshops in Fremantle, WA in an intensive exploration of her creative process.

Australian artists who self-identify as having a disability, as well as those without a disability, who have movement experience are invited to apply.

National and Regional scholarships are also available. Visit the PIAF website for full details.

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Artists with disability funding provides support for artists and groups who identify with disability. For 2016, applications close on 2 February 2016.

Individuals and groups may apply for artists with disability funding for activities supported through:

Groups applying for this funding need to be disability led. This means you must demonstrate that the artistic process within the group is led by artists with disability. To apply, select ‘Arts and Disability’ as your preferred assessment panel and proceed with your application.

Watch our Arts and disability funding informative video here.

For information and any questions relating to this funding, please contact the Grants Enquiry Team: Phone (voice): 02 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912

National Relay Service: 1800 555 677  

17/12/2015 - Regional Arts Wrap Up!

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Over the past four years Regional Arts Development Manager Julie Barratt has established the regional initiatives of Creating Connections, Heading Out and Heading West. As funding for these projects has come to an end we say a very fond farewell to Julie for all the wonderful creative outcomes and connections that have resulted from her leadership and hard work. 

The last year in particular has been a very busy in Regional NSW with Julie implementing two new projects, Heading West and Heading Out. Going forward Accessible Arts will continue to engage with regional communities through all our projects and services. [Click the article title or this link to read the full regional wrap up review.]

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Missed the world first of Handel's Messiah performed in Auslan at the Sydney Opera House? All performances were conducted by Brett Weymark and signed by co-director Alex Jones and his Deaf choir, in partnership Accessible Arts. If you missed it, you can still view it online at Youtube.

Filmmaker Daniel Monks has really put himself out there to challenge society’s perception of people with disabilities. [click the image of Daniel to watch the video]

With friend Stevie Cruz-Martin behind the camera, the 3-minute short film Marrow premiered online this week to mark the International Day of People with Disability.

Living with a disability himself, Daniel hopes his video can confront notions of desirability that dominate the mainstream.

“Disabled bodies are so often either deemed unattractive or asexual in our media culture, which idolises physical perfection and encourages us as individuals to pursue those ideals, especially within the gay community,” he points out.

“We felt showing a disabled body in this hyper-sexualised manner, with all its perceived imperfections on full display, was an almost revolutionary act, and one that we hope challenges audience’s preconceptions.”

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Sector News

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The Catalyst Dance Residency short-film [click the image to view the video], produced by Accessible Arts, was announced as one of 15 films selected by an in-house Committee at the United Nations, to be screened as part of its annual UN Enable Film Festival in New York. 

This was wonderful news to receive on International Day of People with Disability, that out of the 100 films submitted worldwide, the UN Enable Film Festival shared our film with the world. You can view the full list of films at the UN Enable website.

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Murmuration’s 2016 program is filled with a range of performing arts activities for both professional artists and the wider community. The year will kick off with the first stage development of their major work ‘Days Like These’. A multi-artform work engaging six performing artists, a digital media artist, sound designer and scenic artist. 

The weekly Murmur Dance and Theatre Workshops invite people with and without disability to participate in creative learning and exchange with professional artists. If you become a Murmur Member you have access to the year’s program at a discounted rate. At the heart of their programming is the desire to build a hub of inclusive creative activity. Their events are facilitated and led by professional arts practitioners with and without disability and provide insight into current arts practice and support exchange and dialogue between the general public and the artists.

Whether you're a newborn, a parent, a grandparent, a student, a teacher or a professional artist they have something you can get involved in. Visit the Murmuration website for more information.

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On top of exhibiting products, technology and services that enhance independence, Spinal Chord Injuries Australia will be having an arts exhibition showcasing work by people with spinal cord injury at the SCIA Independence Expo.

The expo will be held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April 2016.

The exhibition will feature talented artists, Daniel Savage, Sue Murray and Susan Wood. Daniel Savage is an artist with spinal cord injury who challenges societal attitudes toward people with disabilities through his work. Daniel’s artistic skillset includes, photography, video and performance.

Register for the expo online at the SCIA website.

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