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Welcome to our August 2016 newsletter

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Arts Activated 2016 - One Month to Go !

Conference Program

Arts Activated 2016 is a dynamic two-day conference of ideas, with 22 vibrant sessions including ‘Women with Something to Say’ and ‘Contemporary Questions for Contemporary Practice’. 

The organisational pathways stream sees key organisations such as Arts & Disability Ireland, Arts Access Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery Victoria, Art Gallery NSW, National Portrait Gallery and Perth International Arts Festival discuss and debate best practice in access provision. 

The artist pathways stream includes Australia’s best emerging and professional artists with disability talking about their practice, including keynote Marc Brew, Neighbours cast member Kate Hood, and international touring sensation Emma J Hawkins. Disability leadership will be rigorously debated, the newest innovations in technology presented, audience development strategies uncovered and the core principles of the NDIS explained. Arts Activated is for everyone, and places arts practice firmly at the centre of arts and disability. For more details go to the Arts Activated website.

Note on Registrations

When you register for the conference via Eventbrite, you have the option to pay upfront by credit card, or delay payment by choosing the ‘pay offline’ option. By choosing ‘pay offline’, you will receive an invoice via email from Accessible Arts with payment instructions. Please email Sarah if you have a purchase order number. Payment is preferred within one month of the invoice date.


We are now calling for a range of volunteers for Arts Activated 2016. Volunteering opportunities include office based pre-conference tasks, conference room monitors, meet and greet and general assistance. If you would like to contribute by volunteering at the conference, please register your interest on this online form.

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Become a Peer supporting Australia’s great arts and artists

Register to be a Peer Assessor with Australia Council for the Arts.

The Australia Council is committed to forming diverse and balanced peer panels to assess grant applications. We are looking for peers who have sufficient knowledge and experience of the arts sector to make fair and informed grant application assessments, and represent cultural backgrounds, age, gender, ability and geography. If you are an artist with disability and would like to know more about being a peer or the peer assessment process, don’t hesitate in contacting us.

The Australia Council is committed to ensuring our vision, processes and outcomes recognise and reflect diversity. Our Peer Services team works closely with our peers to ensure that the assessment process is accessible. This could include providing Auslan interpreters, having application material captioned or audio described, or having a carer support you at the assessment meeting.

Applications to be a peer re-open from the 29 August. If you would like more information about being a peer please contact the Peer Services Team, or please visit the Peer Register webpage.

Phone: +61 2 9215 9000/ or 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677

Email: peers@australiacouncil.gov.au 

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 Hack Sounds Community Consultation at 107 Projects, Redfern

An innovative new project combining music education, technology and collaboration, brought to you by 107 Projects, Accessible Arts, City of Sydney and Ability Links NSW, and others.

Using the latest electronic tools participants will explore ways for people with (and without) disabilities to create music.

The project welcomes all people to apply for the group, from those with little or no experience using music tools, to experienced music professionals with an interest in innovative approaches to music-making.

When: Saturday 22 August at 2pm and Monday 29 August at 6pm

Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern

Call/SMS: 0439 426 382

Email: hacksounds@107projects.org

Please RSVP with any access needs. More information online at 107 Projects website.

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Act Up on the long weekend

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The long weekend theatre workshop for Deaf and hard of hearing kids by the Deaf Arts Network and ATYP will be three days of drama, dance and movement led by professional actor Alex Jones with Genevieve Roberts.

Limited places and booking is essential.

Who: For Deaf kids 10 – 19 years old.

When: Saturday 1 October – Monday 3 October.

Time: 10am – 4pm (Monday's show will start at 4pm).

Where: ATYP Studio 2, Australian Theatre for Young People, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay.

Cost: $50 per person for the whole three days.

Contact: Sofya Gollan, Deaf Arts Manager by email at sgollan@aarts.net.au or call Matthew Pethybridge for voice calls on +61 2 9251 6499 ext 108.

The Right Foot Workshops

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These FREE creative dance workshops are open to people of all levels of dance ability, with and without disability. Facilitated by Brianna Kell and Margot Pollis The Right Foot workshops provide a creative activity for those who may otherwise not have access to dance.

When: 3, 10, 17, 24 September, 10am - 1.30pm.

Where: Studios 404, 404 Church Street (Cnr Ross St), Parramatta.

Access: Accessible venue and suitable for low to moderate support needs.

Auslan interpretation available and bookings are essential.

Age: 14 - 26 years.

Workshops are free, however places are limited. Online registrations close 28 August.

Registration: Melinda Tyquin


To register click here

For more information on Dirty Feet visit the website.

Residency Opportunity

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Artist or Curator Residency [ACR] Program.

The ACR program offers the opportunity for regional public galleries nationally to engage artists or curators to undertake a residency within their community. 

The program is designed to provide artists or curators with the time and space to research, create and/or develop new work and consequently support innovative and adventurous contemporary art in regional Australia.

Amount available: Five residencies of $11,250 each.

Applications open: Monday 21 March 2016.

Closes: 5pm, Monday 5 September 2016.

Need more information? Email: grants@mgnsw.org.au or visit the residency webpage.

Events and Opportunities | Submit to Accessible Arts What's On

Festival of Dangerous Ideas 'Freaks Like Me'

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Sunday 4 September 10:45am at the Sydney Opera House

What is the place on our stages and in public life for performers who don’t fit the conventional view of what an artist should be? In the past, ‘natural born freaks’ were the stars of sideshow performances, but this is now buried as the embarrassing past. Why should we ignore this history of performers with disability? And if we do, how can we celebrate the unique artistry of those who are different, who are ‘freaks like me’?

Sarah Houbolt is an accomplished international circus and physical theatre performer, trained in aerials, acrobatics and hula hoop. By day she works at Accessible Arts in Sydney, and by night she is KooKoo the Birdgirl. Her show reel consists of everything from Cirque du Soleil to corporate aerials to starring as Hairy Maclary in children's theatre. Sarah loves her bed of nails, angle grinding and blockhead. Sarah worked with Sideshow Wonderland at Adelaide Fringe 2015, and has created a one-woman show based on KooKoo the Birdgirl, a character from the controversial film Freaks (1932).

This talk will be Auslan signed.

Full talk details can be found online at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas website.

Featured arts + disability videos

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View Sofya Gollan's, Deaf Arts Officer, Auslan interpretation of the newsletter.

Stay up-to-date with our Deaf Arts News by joining the Deaf Arts Facebook Group.

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Accessible Arts presented the Arts Activated 2014 Conference on Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 October, at The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney.

People with disability have an important role to play in Australia’s arts and cultural life. Arts Activated 2014 provided a valuable meeting place for leaders to consider past experience and future aspirations, of the arts and disability sector.

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