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Welcome to our March 2016 newsletter. 

Accessible Arts welcomes Sarah Houbolt to the role of Strategic Projects Manager. In her role Sarah will be convening the Arts Activated 2016 conference 'Pathways Practice' in September at Carriageworks, and managing the Grants Program. Sarah remains responsible for delivering our disability awareness training, access advice and enquiries.

If you missed the alert, Arts Access Australia is requesting you to SAVE THE DATE for its upcoming national sector event, Meeting Place. The event will be held on Friday 27 May 2016, in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Please direct your Meeting Place enquiries to Arts Access Australia.

Full Circle Arts is looking for exciting, inspiring and extraordinary ideas for art works. Their remit is to serve as a platform for artists with disability, and to campaign for inclusion and access for the arts and disability community, to great art everywhere. Commissions of up to £5000 to mid-career artists with disability of any discipline are available. Collectives, organisations or partnerships are also welcome to apply, but the projects proposed must be disability led. Please find more information online at Full Circle Arts.

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'Pathways to Practice', Arts Activated 2016 Call for Papers OPEN

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Accessible Arts is now calling for proposals for papers, presentations or workshops to present at the 2016 Arts Activated conference, ‘Pathways to Practice’, 20 and 21 September at Carriageworks, Sydney Australia. 

The conference will be split into two streams ‘Artist Pathways’ and ‘Organisational Pathways’; presenters may choose which stream and topic into which their presentation best fits.

Proposals must address the 2016 conference theme ‘Pathways to Practice’ which will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

Arts Activated is Australia's premiere arts and disability conference. We strongly encourage proposals from artists and practitioners with disability. This year papers from rural and remote areas, representing sexual diversity and the LGBTQIA community, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and young and emerging groups are encouraged to apply.

Submissions are online through SmartyGrants and are due by 5pm AEDT Tuesday 12 April 2016. Click here to access SmartyGrants.

Please download the guidelines for information on the criteria, submission process and online forms. Should you require word versions of the paper submission and presenter agreement form, please email Sarah Houbolt, Conference Convenor, conference@aarts.net.au

Download Call for Papers Guidelines here [Word]

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Access at the Sydney Opera House 2016 Program Launched

NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, MLC, on 1 March unveiled the Sydney Opera House’s new three-year Access Strategic Plan and 2016 program of accessible performances.

Accessibility has been a key focus at the Opera House in the past decade, with significant progress achieved through successive strategic plans. The 2016-18 plan is particularly timely, coinciding with both the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal and a period of government policy reform designed to give people with disability greater choice, independence and agency in pursuing access and inclusion.

All of this sits alongside improvements to Opera House services and facilities for patrons with disability across a number of venues and public areas, and innovative programming, such as sensory theatre experiences for audiences with profound and complex disability. 

The Sydney Opera House Access Strategic Plan 2016-18 is available online. You can also find full details of the 2016 Access Program on the website.

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Applications are open for The Crack Theatre Festival 2016

The Crack Theatre Festival have just announced that APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN to perform at the 2016 Festival!

We are calling on all independent, experimental and interdisciplinary performance artists, from all disciplines, in all stages of their career, to apply to present work of any genre between September 29 - October 2 2016 in Newcastle, NSW as part of This is Not Art.

Regional artists - the Festival is also offering financial support to one artist/group from each State and Territory under their Setting the Stages initiative.

The Festival is free for artists and audiences alike and is a 4-day intensive immersion into contemporary performing arts practice, with a curated season of work presented in non-traditional theatre spaces, a series of panels and workshops, and a place for emerging artists to connect with their nation-wide community.

For more information artists can go online here to find an Artist Info Pack and application form. Applications close 31 March.

Info Sessions:

March is call out time for applications to all of the TiNA festivals and we’re making sure that you have as much information and support as possible to make submitting your awesome ideas to us so much easier. We’re holding these across the country and are hoping to have wonderful chats with anyone interested in coming along.

For more information visit This is Not Arts website.

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ATAG Meeting 8 April

The next ATAG meeting is at the Art Gallery of NSW auditorium, on Friday 8 April, from 3pm – 5pm. 

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. 

To attend this ATAG meeting, sign up for Accessing the Arts Group [ATAG) membership.

Grants Opening 2016

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A reminder that the Accessible Arts Small Grants round closes Monday 4 April

The Small Grants are for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation. 

Applicants can apply for amounts between $5,000 – $20,000.

More information and grant guidelines can be found on our website.    

Featured Artist

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Sadami Konchi is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since childhood. 

Her drawing passion has led to many achievements, and in 2015 Sadami was a recipient of the Accessible Arts Grants Program. She is also one of the highly commended artists in the Art Access Australia Art prize. 

Her picture book mentor is Australian legend, Ann James. You can read and buy her book 'Moon' at Glebebooks. Find out more about Sadami online at Arts Access Australia.

Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN) supported by Octapod, Newcastle Art Gallery and Ability Links is quickly approaching their third meeting for the year! ARIN, an Accessible Arts ARI project, will be heading along to Just Draw at the Newcastle Art Gallery. The Newcastle Art Gallery curator will be giving a floor talk to ARIN, where they will be taken on a guided viewing of the Just Draw Exhibition.

If you’re an artist with or without disability, living in Newcastle or its surrounds, and would like to join this ARI group or if you’d like more info please contact Dom Freestone at dom@freewheeler.com.au. 

Featured arts + disability videos

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

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Little Devil is a multiple award-winning British indie film that picked up gongs including ‘Best Lead Actress’ for its star at the 2014 Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. 

And now, taking advantage of the growing ‘on-the-go’ viewing habits of audiences, the movie has global release exclusively on-line via Distrify. 

Watch the trailer and download the movie online at Distrify 

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