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Welcome to our July 2015 newsletter.

This month's news highlights a range of great opportunities in the arts + disability sector.

Applications are open to Sydney-based, emerging or aspiring writers who identify as having a disability and are interested in writing comedy in a collaborative team-writing environment. If this interests you then please apply to Torrid Films by visiting the project website.

You can still register for the Sydney Opera House and Museum of Contemporary Art 'Dance, Theatre and Visual Art: Engaging Students with Disability' two-day forum. The forum is for teachers, families and artists with registration online at Sydney Opera House website.

A reminder that the deadline for the Deaf Arts Network School Holiday Program is fast approaching. Please book by Wednesday 31 July 2015, 5pm AEDST. Visit the Accessible Arts website for full program information.

The upcoming Underbelly Arts Festival 2015 is just around the corner, Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August at Cockatoo Island. Underbelly Arts showcases some of Australia’s boldest new voices in contemporary art. The program features artists with disability and is more accessible than ever. Visit the Underbelly website for more information.

For further arts + disability sector updates please read Sancha Donald's CEO quarterly, in this issue.

[Banner artwork 'Wattle Tree' by Mabel Ritchie]

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arts + disability expo

Accessible Arts is proud to announce the finalists of our upcoming inaugural arts + disability photography competition 'Sticks'. We received a very high number of quality submissions for the exhibition of which 20 photos will be displayed. The chosen artworks can be viewed online at the expo website

In other expo news, all exhibitor booths are sold out! In addition to 27 exhibitors, we will be releasing a complementary program that will highlight talks, performances and readings. View the exhibitor list online at the expo website.

A reminder that registration is free and online at the registration page of the expo website

We look forward to seeing you at Carriageworks in September.

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Catalyst Dance Residency Expression of Interest

The two-year Catalyst Dance Residency Program 2015 - 2016 call for 'Expressions of Interest' is now open nationally to all dancers with and without disability. 

The Catalyst Dance Residency Program is a national artist development program across two years for dance practitioners with and without disability who demonstrate a commitment to integrated dance practice. It will comprise: 

  • a 7-day Skills and Career Development Residency, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2015 
  • a 6-day Choreographic Research Lab Residency with Critical Path, Sydney, 2016 

Key residency dates: 

 Year One 2015 - Sunday 11 October – Saturday 17 October 

 Year Two 2016 - Monday 15 August – Saturday 20 August  

Visit the Catalyst Dance website to apply to this exciting opportunity.

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Creative Causeway Meeting Thursday 30 July

Accessible Arts warmly invites you to attend a talk by Murmuration Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, and Artistic Associate Dan Daw, as part of its ‘Creative Causeway’ initiative. 

Join Accessible Arts and other key stakeholders in the arts + disability sector to share expertise, networks and professional arts practice on Thursday 30 July 2015 at The Arts Exchange, The Rocks. 

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney

Access: If you have any access requirements please include in your RSVP.

Contact:  Kristina Tito – Arts Development Manager at ktito@aarts.net.au or +61 2 92516499 ext.105 

RSVP: Before Thursday 23 July 2015

Visit the Accessible Arts News Section for booking information.

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CEO Quarterly

My CEO quarterly column reflects on some wonderful achievements of our people and practice across the vibrant arts and disability landscape. Firstly, congratulations to Deaf artist Stefan Kater with his work, ‘A black diamond’, on being selected as a finalist of the Sulman prize

Also, congratulations to Alison Richardson on her Churchill Fellowship. Alison will review best practice and professional pathways in theatre for people with intellectual disability on her travels. 

The successful applicants of the Lifetime Care and Support Authority grants, in partnership with Arts NSW were announced in the June newsletter of Arts NSW and we look forward to these challenging and progressive projects unfolding.

Read Sancha Donald's [CEO] full quarterly sector message online at the Accessible Arts website.


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Disability Awareness Training - 12 August 2015

Where: The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney

Time: 10am - 2pm

"Disability Awareness Training is the critical link between wanting to be more accessible and making that a reality". [Amanda Tink, Training Consultant]

Join Accessible Arts on Wednesday 12 August to gain a practical understanding of disability in society.

This "not the usual tick the box training" is relevant to participants working at any level of an arts organisation, arts practice or social policy. [City of Sydney]

To book or find out more information please contact Sarah Houbolt, Access and Training Project Manager, by email shoubolt@aarts.net.au. Visit the Accessible Arts Training webpage to find out costs and booking information.

Featured Artist

Black and white portrait of Dan Daw

Dancer Dan Daw is the Artistic Associate of Murmuration Dance Theatre. Dan plays an integral role in the development and delivery of the artistic programs and community activities for the Sydney based dance company. 

Dan is a graduate of the Royal National Theatre Step Change programme and as a Producer, Dan’s key interest is in developing bespoke on-the-job training opportunities for emerging talent in dance and theatre. 

Dan has tutored for Restless Dance Company, No Strings Attached: Theatre of Disability, FRONTLINEdance, Scottish Dance Theatre, and more recently Candoco Dance Company.

Dan has received a number of awards including, the Outlet Dance Award, the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship, and the Russell Page Fellowship in Contemporary Dance. He was the South Australian Young Achiever in the Arts category for 2006, and Young Australian of the Year finalist for 2009. Read more about Dan online at the Murmuration website.

Pencil portrait of actor in Seventeen

Seventeen at Belvoir Theatre, 2015 Season

Captioned performance
2pm, 29 August

Audio-described performance
2pm, 5 September

This one’s a real treat no matter which way you look at it. Peter Carroll, Maggie Dence, John Gaden, Genevieve Lemon, Barry Otto, Anna Volska. The lot of them.

These venerables play a group of teenagers; drinking, singing, dancing, gabbling, worrying and maybe even pashing, their way through their last night of childhood and their first night of adulthood.

Funny, immature, wise and a little bit but quite beautifully sad, Seventeen is about the size of life. Visit Belvoir's website to find out more information.

Featured | Arts + Disability Videos

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Newsletter features in Auslan by Joanna Agius.

Screenshot of one in five short film

Rita, Shaun and Charlie have dreams like anybody else but difference makes independence, earning a living and being treated as equal all the harder to achieve. 'One in Five' is a Torrid Films joint initiative. Click the video image or this link to watch on the Torrid Films website.

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