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[Banner credit: A preview of the 2017 Archibald Prize Finalist exhibition winning portrait Agatha Gothe-Snape by Mitch Cairns.]

Newsletter August 2017

Deaf Artists Residency

We are pleased to announce the successful applicants of our first Deaf Artists Residency, in partnership with Bundanon Trust.

Kate Matairavula, Darlene Thornton and Sue Jo Wright will undertake a week-long residency at Bundanon in September. 

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The Big Anxiety Festival

Make sure you check out the The Big Anxiety Festival, a series of sixty events held across Sydney from 20 September to 11 November. 

The festival unites artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century. 

Accessible Arts CEO Morwenna Collett

CEO presents at LEAD Conference

Accessible Arts CEO Morwenna Collett tells us about the Kennedy Center’s LEAD conference that she recently attended in the USA.

The LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) conference brings together those who are working to make arts programs and facilities accessible to people with disability.

Screenshot from video of Sean Forbes signing with his palms up

Deaf Hip Hop Star performing in Sydney

American deaf hip-hop artist Sean Forbes is coming to Australia for one show only on 15 September! Tickets are selling fast so get in quick.

Sean uses sign language, graphics and captions to express himself along with the thumping beats of hip-hop music. 

News and views

Whats on?

  • On behalf of Sharman Pretty, Chair of the Accessible Arts Board, a huge thank you to the many people who completed our survey and/or were interviewed recently as part of our sector consultation. Your input is shaping the future of Accessible Arts. We will publish a summary of our findings in next month's newsletter. 
  • Last week, colleagues from twenty arts organisations met for Accessing the Arts Group (ATAG), a professional development group we set up to improve disability access and social inclusion. Speakers were Brook Carson-Ewart, Liz Martin and Sally Webster.
  • The 2017 Archibald Prize Finalist exhibition will be accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing people thanks to Conexu Foundation and The Art Gallery of NSW. Each of the 43 finalists' stories will be accessible in Auslan and captions or in audio and captions. 
  • We were excited to be involved in last month's launch of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN). SDIN is made up of organisations committed to improving the diversity of talent, backgrounds and influences that are shaping Australian screen content. 
  • Solving access challenges isn’t as simple as a drop-down menu, as acrobat, dancer and paralympian Sarah Houbolt explains in this Sydney TEDX talk
  • Meet Riona Tindal, Deaf Arts Officer at Accessible Arts. We asked her a few questions about her role.
  • Watch Nicky Elliott’s film Pearl Red Moon, which follows the journey of an artist from the Hunter who has Asperger’s. This is one of many fantastic films from the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival an online film festival showcasing the ability of people with disability.
Check our website for the latest arts and disability news.
  • Our next Disability Equality Training session will be on 1 November, however do get in touch if you would like tailored training before then. For all access and training enquiries email or phone us on 02 9251 6499.
  • Check out Bird Fox Monster, a new collaboration between Studio A, Erth and Carriageworks. It has evolved via a number of intensive residencies and you can see it for yourself between 21 - 30 September at Carriageworks in Sydney. 
  • Kids Comedy Show Ghost Jam! are staging a relaxed performance on Wednesday 27 September, at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern. The show is a comic take on classic ghost stories for kids, combining music with silly, spooky storytelling. All tickets are under $20.
  • The Australia Council for the Arts is accepting expressions of interest for their Arts Leaders and Future Leaders programs. These programs provide a platform for arts leaders to develop leadership capabilities to support a sustainable, resilient and vibrant sector. 

  • Arts Access Australia has organised The Berlin Festival of Arts and Disability from 9-20 October. It will centre around an event in Berlin with a number of satellite workshops and performances led Australian artists with disability, including Sydney locals Sarah Houbolt and Andrew Hewitt.

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