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Accessing the Arts Collectively

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Calling all artists with disability and supporters who attend performances, exhibitions, access programme events and other creative initiatives in NSW.

Accessible Arts is looking for emerging or professional writers and reviewers to send us reviews for publication in our 'Accessing the Arts Collectively' publication. We want you to hear about your audience experience in relation to access in the arts.

What worked? What didn't work so well? Who is doing good work? Who tried but failed?

This is an unpaid opportunity with one review selected for each publication. Word length is 300 - 500 words. You can submit at any time by email to Tammy Brennan, Communications Manager, 

All About Access - Musuem & Galleries NSW

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Last week Museum and Galleries NSW took the lift up to Level 3 at The Arts Exchange to talk to their new neighbours, Accessible Arts. M&G NSW sat down with Sarah Houbolt, the Access and Training Project Manager, and Kris Tito, Arts Development Manager to learn a bit more about what we do as an organisation. 

What is a Disability Inclusion Action Plan? Find out who would receive a Gold Star for Access achievements in the City of Sydney.

Click here to read the full article at the M&G NSW website.

Out of Line - Shopfront @ ATYP

Meet Sarah Houbolt - Accessible Arts

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A futuristic school-scape where the enforcement of rules borders on controlling, self-expression is disallowed, and sameness is the status-quo.

Shopfront Arts Co-op presents Out of Line – an expository new dance theatre work investigating themes of rules, bullying and resilience.

Created and performed by young people with and without disability from the Shopfront Bodylines Ensemble, Autism Spectrum Australia, and Kogarah High School. Performed at ATYP through the Cameo Series.

Season runs: 27 Aug 2015 to 28 Aug 2015

Book online at ATYP website.

Sarah is responsible for project managing access and awareness training delivery to a wide variety of groups and organisations. Her role provides advice, mentoring and information about access, audience development, current legislation, and customer service best practice.

Sarah has a background in social work, disability advocacy, arts project management and performance. Before joining Accessible Arts, she worked in New Zealand and in Queensland. She has worked for Auckland Council, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, The Big Idea, Mind Over Manner Ltd, and the InterAct Disability Arts Festival.

Sarah is available to talk all things access. You can reach her by email at

Sculpture by the Sea - Tactile and Audio Description Tours

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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.

The Present by Chekov adapated by Andrew Upton - Auslan Interpreted

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Anton Chekhov’s first play was a sprawling, unstructured epic but it marked out the style and themes he would return to in his later masterworks from The Seagull to The Cherry Orchard. It remains a mysterious, unpolished gem.

The manuscript, left unpublished until almost two decades after Chekhov’s death, lacked a title. Over the years it has inspired various adaptations – Wild Honey, Fatherlessness, The Disinherited – but it is most commonly referred to as Platonov, the name of the man at its centre. And yet, the play has always contained another extraordinarily rich and complex character – that of Anna Petrovna

Taking on these roles for Sydney Theatre Company are the fearsome talents of Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Irish director John Crowley, renowned for his work on the West End and Broadway, brings his lean and precise theatrical vision.  Visit the STC website to book the Auslan interpreted performance Thursday 17 September 7.30pm 

This is a tool for people with disability, to help ask them for what they need.

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