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Welcome to our February 2015 newsletter which has a new look and layout. We hope you enjoy it! 

Firstly, we want to congratulate Amplify your art recipient Daniel Monks, who is a successful finalist in the NSW Young Achievers of the Year Award. Well done Daniel!

We would also like to acknowledge Lesley Hall’s service to people with disability and her posthumous OAM Australia Day Award.

We are pleased to announce Julie Barratt, our Regional Arts Development Manager, is appointed to develop ‘Heading Out’, a ground breaking place-making strategy in between Accessible Arts and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on the NSW Mid-North Coast. We look forward to bringing you more news about this project.

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Inaugural Accessible Arts' Arts + Disability Expo 2015

Australia's inaugural Arts + Disability Expo, will take place on the 18 and 19 September 2015 at Carriageworks, Sydney. 

The Expo has already obtained the Lifetime Care And Support Authority as its Key Partner, and now offers the opportunity for other organisations and groups within the arts and disability sector to directly connect with their market.

View the Sponsorship and Expo Prospectus:

Arts + Disability Expo 2015_Prospectus  (PDF format)

Arts + Disability Expo 2015_Plain Text Prospectus (plain text word format)

For more information, visit the Expo website.

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New Normal | Carriageworks Disability Partnerships

The NSW Minister for Disability Services, Minister John Ajaka MLC, has announced an extension of the NSW Arts & Disability Partnership, with funding of $475,000 for 2015 to support four programs that promote social inclusion through the arts and disability sector. 

The Partnership includes $100,000 support for Carriageworks to commission two major new works developed by artists with disability in collaboration with NSW arts companies and artists.

The first work called ‘A Simple Infinity’ will be a new contemporary theatre work created by Urban Theatre Projects’ Artistic Director Rosie Dennis and inspired by the popular novel and film 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'. It will be developed in partnership with artists with disability living in Western Sydney.

Visit the Carriageworks website for more information.

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Fone Free Feb | Get Involved

Want to be a host or hostess on behalf of Accessible Arts? Of course you do!

Take back DinnerTime with this year's Fone Free Feb and help Accessible Arts raise funds to support arts projects for Deaf and hard of hearing aritsts in our Deaf Arts Network.

Visit the Fone Free Feb website to find out how to make this happen!

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Disability Awareness Training - 22 April 2015

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, with information and skills development relevant to all.

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

To book contact Sophie Clausen, +61 2 9251 6499 ext 107,

Visit our website for more information

Ticket Incentive
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra [ACO] would like to implement a new ticketing incentive for people with disability. People that quote Accessible Arts can access tickets for any ACO Sydney Opera House [SOH] Concert Hall performance at the price of $46.

This is across all price reserves and seating. Limit of 50 tickets in total for each performance and only two per transaction per customer.

This offer will be available from the SOH box office for phone and counter bookings only +61 2 9250 7111.

Featured Artists
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Second Echo is an independent, integrated performance group who have been producing dynamic collaborative physical theatre works since 2005. 

Based in Tasmania, Second Echo was initiated by internationally acclaimed playwright and director Finegan Kruckemeyer.  

Second Echo act as a catalyst for change in both performance and disability, through the creation and presentation of exceptional theatre.

Follow Second Echo on Facebook.

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Don't Miss Chuck Close

Chuck Close is an artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition is the largest exhibition of Close’s work ever presented in the southern hemisphere. Exhibition closing March 2015.

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Arts events, opportunities or news that are accessible to people with disability, their families, friends and carers will be published on our website and/or promoted in our social media and newsletter.

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Accessible Arts is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and Family and Community Services.

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