Welcome to our June 2016 newsletter.
Accessible Arts congratulates New Zealander Robert Martin for making history at the United Nations, as the first person with a learning disability to be elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We look forward to the results of Robert's work with the committee.
A reminder that the Accessible Arts Quick Response Grants are still open, visit our website for information on how to apply. We strongly encourage people with a spinal chord injury, and/or an acquired brain injury to apply.
Lastly, in this issue Sancha Donald gives her quarterly CEO message.
Marc Brew announced as second Keynote Speaker. In his keynote address, Marc will speak to his experience of the artist pathway.
Marc is an internationally acclaimed Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer. He trained as a professional dancer and has worked in the UK and Internationally for the past 20 years as a dancer, choreographer, director, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and CandoCo Dance Company.
Early Bird tickets close soon!
Early bird tickets for Arts Activated 2016 – Pathways to Practice close on 30 June. Be sure to buy a ticket through Eventbrite to receive the discounted ticket price. Full price tickets go on sale 1 July.
Other conference news: There are also a range of sponsorship options available that will provide strong branding and exposure in a focused, professional creative environment. Visit the Arts Activated website for full Sponsorship Prospectus details.
Check out the 2014 Arts Activated conference trailer in Featured Arts + Disability videos below.
Accessible Arts 2016 Small Grant recipient Regional Arts NSW, in collaboration with The Art Factory, a supported studio in Wagga Wagga, began their research development for a new project called ‘Inspire’ in early June. The Art Factory took a research trip to Arts Project Australia (APA) in Melbourne were they toured the building, before working with APA artists in their studios.
The Art Factory artists are developing a new body of work that will be part of a new exhibition associated with the cultural program at the Regional Arts Australia Conference ‘Artlands Dubbo’ in October 2016.
Artist Jacko commented, "I liked Oren’s portrait of David Bowie and meeting Bobby. I loved the company of everyone from Arts Project and seeing their artworks."
Accessible Arts looks forward to viewing their exhibition at Artlands Dubbo. Read the full article in The Arts Factory Newsletter online.
A total of nine regional NSW artists with disability will star in short films as part of Createability 2016 – a project for professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW.
In the Northern Rivers region, the following artists will be profiled:
Createability 2016 is a Screenworks initiative being delivered across regional NSW in partnership with ABC Open and the NSW Government.
Follow the Createability project on Instagram or @createability_screenworks
In thinking about what to highlight in this occasional column I cannot go past the the strengthening of arts and disability in Australia as seen through the reception of both Scottish choreographer and dancer, Clair Cunningham and Australian-born but now Glasgow-based performance artist and choreographer, Caroline Bowditch.
The commitment of the Perth Festival to showcase work in a mainstream environment and the readiness of audiences in Sydney and elsewhere is a demonstration of the professional, original and creative work performed by artists with disability.
These performances have been followed by the inclusion of Studio A artists in Art Month Sydney, the programming of films featuring disability issues and/or actors with disability (On Richard’s Side, Down Under, Life Animated and Notes on Blindness) as part of the Sydney Film Festival and the Northern NSW electronic music five-piece band, Tralala Blip, performing at the opening of TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House.
This cluster of programmed artists with disability in major mainstream events is long overdue. [Full message on Accessible Arts website]
Karen Veldhuizen, Catalyst Dance Resident, is a beneficiary of a mentoring relationship with Michelle Ryan, as part of the Catalyst Dance Development program.
Karen says about her experience, "I received many
unexpected outcomes. Not only was
Michelle a source of knowledge and professional support, but she came alongside
me as a friend and fellow-traveller. This had the unexpected result of validating and affirming my identity
as an artist. And most wonderfully for me was the discovery that the story that
told itself in her body connected so keenly with my own."
"Michelle supported my investigations leading into an artistic residency (my first one ever!) and encouraged me to pursue artists and groups whose work inspired me. One of the most unexpected outcomes of my development this year was an invitation to secondment with Murmuration, NSW. I am sure I would not have stepped into this possibility without the companionship of a mentor like Michelle."
Visit the Catalyst Dance Residency website for more information.
Creatively Connected is a lively group of practicing artists with disability meeting together to enhance and develop their individual professional practice skills.
The artists will learn critical evaluation skills through visiting exhibitions voted by them, that are relevant to their interest and practice, and be energised by taking part in showing and promoting their art in traditional and modern contexts.
Professional practice skills and regular exhibition visits to discuss works that are interesting to the group.
Artists will learn ways to promote and sell their art in the community, both traditional and non-traditional methods, enter exhibitions, and work toward a group show of their own work.
Creatively Connected is part of Accessible Arts’ Artist Run Initiative [ARI] Project.
This initiative supports the autonomy of nine artist run initiatives, for artists with and without disability, in their local communities across NSW.
Simple infinity is the world premiere of a bold new work by Urban Theatre Projects.
Part live performance, part installation Simple Infinity takes its inspiration from the graphic novel and film Hugo, celebrating the individual within the bigger picture and drawing attention to the vulnerability and fragility of our personal and intimate connections with each other.
Simple Infinity is a new work that is a part of ‘New Normal’, a major investment into embedding disability arts into contemporary arts programming in NSW.
The program removes barriers for the inclusion in the arts for people with disability.
When: 13 July 2016 to 17 July 2016 7pm.
Where: Carriageworks, 345 Wilson Street, Everleigh.
The Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN) is calling for artists for their inaugural exhibition called ‘Not My Place’ at The Stage Gallery, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle in November 2016.
If you have created, or plan to create an artwork/s this year (2016) which addresses the theme ‘Not My Place’ and you would like to be a part of the exhibition in November 2016, let ARIN know!
If you would like to be involved, fill out the Artist Expression Form.
How to apply: Please contact Justine Cogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 0437 147 689 for an Artist Expression of Interest Form.
You must submit your interest by Thursday 7 July 2016.
The EOI Form will be
accepted in either written, audio or video format, addressing the questions
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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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