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[Banner credit: Artist name: Jesse Rye. Artwork: Migraine with Contrast Agent (2017). Featured in For Arts Sake exhibition, details below.]

June 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the Accessible Arts newsletter for June 2017.

We are pleased to present the latest in arts and disability news, with a state, national and international focus. If you'd like to submit an item for an upcoming edition please get in touch.

Murmuration artists all in a line dressed in black all looking out towards the audience different facial expressions and gestures showing frustration

Join the 'Arts Bus' to Murmuration's premiere

Integrated performance company Murmuration is about to premiere a new work after two years of development in conjunction with a unique residency in regional NSW, Cootamundra.

This work has been created with artists with disability and as such the work challenges society's view of what artists with disability are capable of and proposes a new aesthetic.

Sydney residents can take the 'Arts Bus' to Cootamundra, which departs on Saturday 21 July and returns on Sunday 22 July, and guests will be able to enjoy the Saturday 7pm performance and a night in the country. 

There is also a relaxed performance on 22 July at 2pm. Read more and book your ticket and bus on the Murmuration website.

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Sydney Auslan Ensemble's performance of Elijah with ChorusOz

The Opera House was abuzz on 11 June as the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and a choir of 750 people from around Australasia were joined by 17 members of the newly formed Sydney Auslan Ensemble (SAE) for a thrilling performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s grand oratorio Elijah. Read about it on our website.

For Arts Sake - invitation to contemporary art exhibition 

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For Arts Sake invite you to the private viewing of an exhibition of contemporary art created by emerging artists of all abilities, including artworks created in collaboration between practicing artists and people with disability.

Wednesday 28 June, 6pm at the Design Centre Enmore, 110 Edgware Road, Enmore.

It is an accessible venue. An audio description of selected artworks will be provided at 5pm but booking is essential. Read more and RSVP

[Artwork above by Jack Lee Artwork: Shadowplay III (2017) Medium: shadow puppetry, pencil and pastels on board.]

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Do you recognise this symbol?

If you attended the recent Sydney Writers Festival or Sydney Film Festival you may recognise the pink and white access symbol above. Both festivals are part of Accessing Sydney Collectively, an initiative that Accessible Arts launched in March in partnership with the City of Sydney.

The campaign aims to remove online barriers for people with disability. Each of the 12 organisations in the collective features the access symbol on the home page of their website so that all access information can be easily navigated to with one click. This means anyone can quickly and easily get the information that they need to plan and enjoy their cultural experiences in Sydney. 

For more information or if you'd like to be considered for future iterations of this campaign please contact Jane Easton, Marketing and Communications Manager at Accessible Arts. 

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Free creative dance workshops on offer

Registrations are now open for DirtyFeet’s The Right Foot - creative dance workshops for people with and without disability between the ages of 14 and 26 years. The popular inclusive workshop series is delivered in partnership with Riverside Theatres and is provided free to participants. 

How would you evaluate the work of Unlimited International?

The UK-based arts disability organisation is on the look out for an external partner to add independent insight into where they can improve. The successful application will look at the work they are doing, track how well they are reaching their aims and make suggestions for improvement. 

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The project includes collaborative commissions, an international placement, producing case studies, and creating resources to aid dialogue about the inclusion of disabled artists in the cultural sector on a global scale. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage with partners, artists, producers, promoters, audiences in the UK and abroad. Proposals must be submitted by 7 July. Read more on the Unlimited website.

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Create NSW fellowships open for applications

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A new round of fellowships has been announced by Create NSW. These include the 2018 NSW Artist with Disability Fellowship. This Fellowship is offered by the State Government in collaboration with Accessible Arts, to enable a professional NSW artist with disability to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. Submissions for this close midnight 7 August 2017.

Emerging creatives sought for talent camp

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Create NSW is calling on emerging content creators and storytellers from diverse backgrounds across the state to apply for up to 15 places at the NSW State TALENT CAMP, a new program in partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia.

The week-long TALENT CAMP takes place in Sydney between 18 - 22 September 2017. Read more on our website. 

Art for everyone - tell us why and tell us how!

Riona, in a purple jumper, signs the information in Auslan

During the next month Accessible Arts will undertake a comprehensive sector consultation and we want to hear what you have to say. 

Watch out for the survey link in our next newsletter in July, fill in the questionnaire and shape our future!

Click on the image above to view this message in Auslan.

Bundanon Deaf artists residency

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We are excited to announce that we are coordinating a Deaf artists residency at the beautiful Bundanon Residence from 4 - 10 September. The residence, a gift from artist Arthur Boyd and his family to the people of Australia, is the perfect backdrop for artists, offering them the space and time to create their work. 

We have places for three artists. Look out for details of how to apply in July's newsletter!

'Meet the team' banner with a photo of Ann-Maree

We’re a new team here at Accessible Arts so each month we will profile a staff member so that you can get to know us. Today we introduce Ann-Maree who provides administrative and project support. She started with the team in January.

What attracted you to the role at Accessible Arts? The opportunity to engage in work that fits closely with my values. 

What excites or inspires you about working in the arts and disability sector? I feel deeply the value of the expression of the unique gifts of all beings, and feel this to have profound importance for us individually and collectively. This quote, from Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille, states it well. Read the full interview on the Accessible Arts website.

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