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Anthony talks about changing misconceptions around living with disability

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Not satisfied with treading the boards as an actor and making the odd short film, Anthony Towler decided to turn his hand to writing.

His first play 'Defensability' is the story of a man with disability who enters the Paralympics to get revenge on the man who stole his fiancee.

Anthony lives with Cerebral Palsy and began training to be an actor at the age of 13.

He describes his latest work as an 'anti-rom com' which aims to break down misconceptions about what it's like to live with disability.

Visit 'Attitude Live' online for more stories about the lived experience of disability.

Accessing the Arts Group - ATAG News

Accessing the Arts Group is for NSW arts organisations and venues who are interested in providing access and inclusion in the arts, sharing ideas and best practice, and networking for peer support. To attend ATAG meetings, sign up for Accessing the Arts Group [ATAG) membership.

Next ATAG meeting is Thursday 21 July at Carriageworks 8.45 – 10.45am meeting.

An overview of Disability and Deaf Representation in Film 

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Sandra Alland contemplates the importance of the notion of ‘nothing about us without us’, critiquing and highlighting non-disabled productions alongside an exciting collection of artists with disability and/or Deaf artists and films. 

Most films are available free online (follow the links), and all have subtitles or transcripts. Full article is published online at Disability Arts Online and found by clicking this link

[Image from Claire Cunningham's Resemblence]

Sarah's Say - Access at Arts Activated Conference 2016

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At Arts Activated 2016, we strive to place access at the core of our conference planning and proceedings. Access matters at every stage, from ensuring that diversity, leadership and representation are captured in presentation proposals, to embedding access into every organising decision and conference resource, to providing an access registration form and onsite services to conference delegates. We are also encouraging all of our presenters to think the same. 

Carriageworks, the conference venue, is a flat level venue with accessible amenities. Live captioning, Auslan interpreting and audio description services will be provided for all conference sessions. Australian companion cards are accepted and at the registration desk there will be programs in alternative formats.

Carriageworks is a large venue with a café and big foyer area. A quiet room will be allocated, and we are investigating other sensory access options. Please do fill out the access registration form when you buy your conference tickets so we can best meet your requirements.

Reach Sarah Houbolt, Strategic Projects Manager by email:


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Disability Awareness Training Thursday 18 August, 9:30am – 1:30pm.

Disability awareness training is vital for people working across all levels of arts policy or practice within organisations. 

It provides a real understanding of disability and inclusive practices relevant to all.

Our training is delivered by an experienced trainer with lived experience. 

To book contact Sarah Houbolt, +61 2 9251 6499 ext 107,, or register online here

Visit the Training webpage for full information.

Auslan Integrated

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A man walks into a bar… Bookended by two texts by Gertrude Stein, Simple Infinity is a play within a play. 

Interweaving Auslan, performance and a live string quartet, three unlikely people strike up a conversation that shifts between the ephemeral and the everyday. 

At times sad and touching, yet framed within an age-old joke, Simple Infinity is a poetic reminder that we all see the world a little differently.

Created by Urban Theatre Projects’ Artistic Director Rosie Dennis, Simple Infinity features new music by composer Liberty Kerr.

Performances by Vicki Van Hout, Luke Waterlow and Cheng Moy Yeow. 

Commissioned by Carriageworks for New Normal National Arts and Disability Strategy.

To book please visit the Carriageworks website.

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Arts Activated 2016 has extended its Early Bird discount until 14 July 2016. Don't miss out on your discount online at Eventbrite

Arts Activated 2016 will present the best in arts and disability presentations and innovation from around the world. The experience is about best practice.

The 2016 list of Speakers is available online at the Arts Activated website.

Join us at Carriageworks in Sydney for an energising two days of creative ideas, examples and networking.

Day One

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Luke King, Artist (VIC) co-presenting with Heather Marsh, Industry Development Manager, Arts Access Victoria

“No Translation Required: Warhol/Wei Wei Deaf-led tours.”

Day Two

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Alex Jones, Artist (NSW)

“The Art of Sign Singing: To Success or to Failure?”

Day Two

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Jodee Mundy, Artistic Director, Collaborations (VIC) 

“Imagined Touch: the Deafblind and live art experience.”

Watch the highlights from the Arts Activated Conference 2014 

screenshot of opening title of arts activated promotional video from 2014 conference. Front of Concourse Entertainment Centre north Sydney.