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Artwork: Patch of Green (detail) by Joanna Roberts, Bettina Anderson, Kim Merrick. Courtesy of the artists and Unisson Disability Art Studios

Newsletter 3 December 2018

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Createability Interns Announced!

The ten NSW artists and practitioners with disability chosen to begin paid internships with some of NSW’s largest creative organisations were announced today by Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, and Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, at an event at the Art Gallery of NSW. Learn more about the ten creatives and their internships.

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New Sydney Festival Initiative

Sydney Festival, in collaboration with Accessible Arts, has launched Australia’s first Disability Programming Initiative to increase the number of artists with disability creating work for festivals. The initiative introduces a pitching process that is accessible and inclusive, and offers support to creatives at each stage of the application process. Click below to find out more.

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Mini Guide to Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival welcomes all visitors to its events and ensures that its venues are as accessible as possible. In fact, there’s so much that’s accessible at Sydney Festival 2019, that we’ve put together a mini guide to get you started. Discover an amazing array of events and activities by clicking below to access the mini guide. 

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Meet our Newest Staff Member

Meet the newest member of the Accessible Arts team: Ruth O'Brien, Project Officer as well as performing artist, vocal teacher, creative career coach and much more. Her focus at Accessible Arts is to assist with the training of organisations in disability awareness. Read about it in this fascinating Q & A right here.    


Bonus Bits

  • Coming up at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in acknowledgement of International Day of People with Disability: Art After Hours featuring a host of possibilities including artists from Front Up's Emerge program whose events will be Auslan interpreted on the evening of 5 December. Take a look.

  • On Saturday 15 December there's a performance of The Dance of Death with mobile device captioning at Belvoir St. Theatre in Surry Hills. This type of captioning, for Deaf and hard of hearing patrons, details actors’ dialogue, adlibs, asides and song lyrics along with music descriptions and other sound effects. Take a look.

  • Could para (wheelchair) dance sport be THE physical activity that you've been looking for? It's a great way to get fit and have fun. Participants are trained in a wide variety of dance styles. Classes in NSW are being offered by Daria Alforova who has worked as a para dance coach for 13 years. Learn more right here

  • Looking for advice on how to build skills and capacity across philanthropy, sponsorship and crowdfunding? Create NSW has launched a Creating New Income Toolkit, aimed at helping small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations to flourish. This Toolkit takes a “how to” approach, and details the steps needed.

  • Bus Stop Films offers an accessible film studies program for people with disability. It’s NDIS accredited and will open in Parramatta in 2019! Weekly 3-hour classes cater to all types of disability and access needs, and are taught by passionate filmmakers and industry experts. All aspects of filmmaking are taught.

  • Octapod is thrilled to continue working with Accessible Arts in 2019 on advocacy and capacity building programs to remove barriers to accessing the arts in Newcastle and the Hunter region. Dr Riona Tindal, Accessible Arts Deaf Arts Coordinator, will be based at the Octapod office. To learn more about Octapod and their impressive scope, visit here.

  • Submissions are now open for the Sydney Film Festival 2019 Screenability program. Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, Screenability is a platform for screen practitioners with disability. Entries can be fiction or non-fiction, of any length and on any topic. Submissions close on 28 February 2019.

  • Wanda Sadowski, our Marketing and Communications Manager, is finishing up with us today and relocating to Western Australia. We wish her all the best! In addition, the last day we are open before the holiday season is 21 December. We reopen on 7 January. All the best and let's be in touch again in 2019!

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