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Welcome to our October 2016 newsletter

As the year draws to a close, Accessible Arts is delighted to continue to promote the following news and opportunities to the arts and disability sector.

This month we say goodbye to Sarah Houbolt as Strategic Projects Manager at Accessible Arts. We thank Sarah for her many valuable contributions to arts and disability during her time with Accessible Arts, and look forward to continuing to work with her as an access and training consultant.

The Arts Activated 2016 conference transcripts are now available at the Arts Activated website. Images from the event have also been posted in an online public gallery at the conference website

A recent article in The Guardian newspaper examines Australia’s progress in encouraging, enabling and presenting disability-led performance. Reporter Steve Dowe attended the recent Arts Activated conference in Sydney, where he got comment from a number of performers and speakers. Read 'Disability and the 'new normal': why Australia needs to ramp up access to stage and screen' full article online here.

Sofya Gollan, our Deaf Arts Manager, has had her short film 'GIMPSEY' selected to screen in the Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival on 9 November. The entire voting process is done through audience score cards, so we would love to support Sofya by getting together a great crowd to help her film win. It should be a great night at the cinema! You can find out more information online at the Lift Off Film festival website.

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 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship

The Artist with Disability Fellowship is offered by the State Government through Arts NSW, in collaboration with Accessible Arts, to enable a professional NSW artist with disability to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

The Fellowship is open to artists working in any artform including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, writing, hybrid/interdisciplinary arts and screen content.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship Guidelines for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category. The Guidelines are available for download as PDF or Word on the Arts NSW website.

Applications open: 20 September 2016

Applications close: 19 December 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

To be eligible to apply you must identify as a mid-career/established professional artist with disability; be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; and be a NSW resident (which is defined as residing in NSW for at least 12 months prior to making your application).

Funding is available for activities commencing after May 2017, and the Fellowship recipient will be awarded $30,000.

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Front Up Launch - I'm Still Here, a multi-art form exhibition

Celebrate with leading not-for-profit Ability Options, the launch of Front Up, the first ever disability-led Arts and Cultural Hub opening in Seven Hills in Western Sydney.

Front Up will offer participants access to a multi-layered professional arts and cultural education, as well as linking with existing NSW Government education programs and services.

A series of three collaborative programs entitled Explore, Discover, and Emerge will be offered by Front Up, aiming to promote artistic vibrancy and social inclusion through inspiring interest in the arts and culture sector, and developing creative skill sets.

To celebrate the launch of this project, a special exhibition ‘I’m Still Here’ showcases the works from artists involved in the Emerge pilot program.

The 12-week creative process for the project first began with participants visiting three prominent exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, and soaking inspiration from these works, including Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt, Lot Lost by Eko Nugroho and the Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera Exhibition.

Led by Kay Armstrong, Artistic Director of the Emerge pilot program, ‘I’m Still Here’ has been a highly collaborative project.

“We found extraordinary resonances with each of the selected artists and the manifold social issues that their work embraces,” she commented.

I’m Still Here’ embraces three main themes; identity, visibility, and validation, which are all explored through interactive installations, sculptures, video, performance, live poetic narrative, and paintings.

Access Tours at the event:

7.30pm Auslan Tour

8.00pm Audio Described Tour

For more information please call +61 2 8811 1766 or email info@frontup.org.au

An online PDF Flyer is available here

When: Tuesday 15 November, 2016

Where: The Cutaway at Barangaroo, Hickson Road, Sydney

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Free Entry, and for one night only

Facebook event listing online here

Donate to Accessible Arts 

Vale Helen Anne Connors, a note from Sancha Donald, CEO

Those of you who knew and worked with Helen Connors, former Executive Officer of Accessible Arts, will be saddened by the news that she passed away recently.

During her time with Accessible Arts, she made her greatest professional contribution taking the organisation from its offices in Marrickville to new premises, and a new mainstream profile at the Wharf. She secured Peter Ross the former presenter of a very popular Sunday arts program on the ABC as patron of the organisation. It was this vision that Helen had for the arts and disability sector, which established the foundations of the philosophies, values and strategies embedded into contemporary arts and disability practice.

Helen initiated ways to engage with the Arts Sector including The Cigar Box exhibition, House Gang (a SBS television series) and collaborations with the Japanese National broadcaster NHK. She made a significant contribution to the Sydney 2000 Para Olympics arts program and made lasting links with other arts and disability organisations across Australia. Her work established the reputation of Accessible Arts as part of a national platform of arts and disability.

Screen NSW Internship

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A reminder that the Screenability NSW Internship Program closes 5pm Friday 21 October. The opportunity is a training and paid internship program for people with disability, who are seeking employment in the film and television industry. 

The Program features training followed by internships on some of Australia’s most-watched “event” TV shows and highly-anticipated feature films, working with Australia’s leading production companies, broadcasters and streaming services.

Visit the Screen NSW website on how to apply.

New Play 'Morgan Stern'

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Make sure you see 'Morgan Stern', a new Australian play by Gina Schienat at the Blood Moon Theatre in Potts Point from Wednesday 23 November - Saturday 3 December 2016.

PillsNeon tetras. Beatles. Bedlam.

Directed by Goldele Rayment and featuring Graeme Rhodes 'One man is guiding the other to salvation, but who is the leader and who is lost?'

Blood Moon is a small band of unfunded risk takers, so every Early Bird sale helps to pay for upfront costs.  

Book online here

Critical Dialogues

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Artistic Director of Murmuration Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, (Accessible Arts Catalyst Program Director), was invited by Critical Path to be guest editor of Critical Dialogues, an online journal around contemporary choreographic research. 

Critical Dialogues Edition #7 - Claiming Spaces, explores the practice of national and international choreographers with disability and includes two articles commissioned by Accessible Arts, written by artists Michele Ryan (Catalyst Mentor) and Kate Maguire-Rosier.

Visit the Critical Path website to access either a Word or PDF version of the article online.

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 Self guided tours at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Don't miss two exciting access opportunities in regional Australia. Until 30 October you can visit Unfinished Business by Belinda Mason Photography at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. 30 stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are made accessible by Conexu's app

Download your required access: Auslan video, audio with captions or audio description if you are blind or partially sighted. 

See 'The Archies' on tour! From 2 December Australia's most important portraiture prize The Archibald Prize exhibition from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will be showing at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. 

See all 50 finalists and access the stories behind them from your smartphone or tablet; with Auslan video or audio with captions. This is a unique opportunity to access 'The Archies' and truly enjoy the social experience of an art tour with family and friends. Simply download OpenAccess Tours from the app store and select your access to view on your own device. Visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery online news for further information.

 Deaf Festival 2016

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The Deaf Society would like to remind you that the 2016 Deaf Festival will take place on the northern bank of Parramatta River on Saturday 22nd October from 10am – 4pm. The day is full of performances, food and activities.

Location: North Side Parramatta River between Wilde Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

For more information visit the Deaf Society website

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 Public forum: Cultural Diversity and Disability

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As part of her Blacktown Arts Centre 'No Borders Residency', Sarah Houbolt is coordinating a public forum on the relationship between cultural diversity and disability in the arts.

The forum is facilitated by Lena Nahlous from Kultour, and everyone is welcome to attend.

When: Wednesday 26 October, 4pm - 6pm

Where: Blacktown Arts Centre Theatre Space, 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown NSW 2148

To RSVP, please contact Blacktown Arts Centre:

+61 2 9839 6558 or email: artscentre@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Visit the Facebook event page for full details.

Featured arts + disability videos

Auslan Interpretation of eNews

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View Sofya Gollan's, Deaf Arts Officer, Auslan interpretation of the newsletter. Click the image for the link or access it here.

Stay up-to-date with our Deaf Arts News by joining the Deaf Arts Facebook Group.

Mental Health

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Listen to a panel of speakers in the arts and disability sector who experience mental health issues talk about their journeys, provide practical strategies and answer questions. This panel was at Meeting Place 2016 curated by Arts Access Australia.

Chair: Mallika Macleod, Panellists: Emma Barrance, Emma Bennison, Frank Ashe.

Click the image for the link or access it here.

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