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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 is pleased to announce that Julie Barratt, our Regional Arts Development Manager, is appointed to develop a new arts and disabilty project 'Heading Out'.

Heading Out is a one-year strategic partnership between Accessible Arts and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on the NSW Mid-North coast.

The project will transition the success of the Accessible Arts' North Coast 'Creating Connections' program across to the Mid-North Coast.

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Accessible Arts | What's On

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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.


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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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"We are worth the investment" is a two-days conference promoted from the Council for Intellectual Disability. It will take place next July at the Waterview Bicentennial Park, Sydney. Speakers include: Ron McCallum; David Bowen; Rhonda Galbally; Peter De Natris; Chris Bigby. 

The conference is for people with intellectual disability, family members, service providers, professionals, advocates, policy makers and anyone else interested in the NDIS and people with intellectual disability.

To get updates when registrations open please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST from the CID NSW blog.


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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

March 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

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Accessible Arts | Features

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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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Congratulations to Amplify your art recipient Daniel Monks, for being a successful finalist in the NSW Young Achievers of the Year Award. We look forward to supporting you at the gala awards dinner and ceremony on March 27.

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Accessible Arts | Sector News

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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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The NSW Minister for Disability Services, Minister John Ajaka MLC, has announced an extension of the NSW Arts & Disability Partnership, with funding of $475,000 for 2015 to support four programs that promote social inclusion through the arts and disability sector. 

The Partnership includes $100,000 support for Carriageworks to commission two major new works developed by artists with disability in collaboration with NSW arts companies and artists.

The first work called ‘A Simple Infinity’ will be a new contemporary theatre work created by Urban Theatre Projects’ Artistic Director Rosie Dennis and inspired by the popular novel and film 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'.It will be developedin partnership with artists with disability living in Western Sydney.

Visit the Carriageworks website for more information.

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