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Welcome to our November 2016 newsletter

Our November news is full of great announcements and opportunities for the arts and disability sector in NSW.

It is that time of year again, with 16 days to go until International Day of People with Disability on 3 December. Each year the UN announces a theme. The theme for 2016 is: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disability.

The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers. Countries all around the world have been celebrating the day since 1992. Please visit the IDPWD website for its calendar of events.

Accessible Arts would like to congratulate all the winners at the recent 10th National Disability Awards 2016 in Canberra. The awards celebrate the achievements and contributions from individuals and organisations who work to improve the lives of people with disability. Accessible Arts was a finalist in the Excellence in Community Partnerships Award for The Deaf Arts Network's (DAN) contribution to the NSW Deaf community. Through its dynamic cultural program, DAN gives people greater access to professional opportunities in the arts sector. Find out more, or how to get involved with DAN, visit the Accessible Arts website.

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Sydney New Year's Eve for Everyone

One night, many ways to celebrate.

There's no better place to welcome 2017 than Sydney – the New Year's Eve capital of the world. Our world-class event attracts over a million spectators to Sydney Harbour, and more than one billion people across the globe tune in at home.

The City of Sydney aims to produce an experience of Sydney New Year’s Eve that is safe, inclusive, accessible and enjoyable for all. The accessible options available below can help make Sydney New Year’s Eve memorable for everyone.

There are over 20 accessible general public vantage points. Use the interactive vantage point map with “Accessible” filter to find the perfect location.

Top tools to plan your night!

  • Your one-stop-shop for everything accessible can be found online here Sydney New Year’s Eve
  • Our Event Guide is available in formats including large print, braille audio and multiple languages

For general enquiries, and to access a detailed personal planning service, please complete the online form.

If you are deaf or a person with low hearing or speech considerations, contact The National Relay Service. You will need to provide them with the number 02 9265 9333.

If you need to contact the City of Sydney through an interpreter, call the Telephone Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50, and ask them to contact us on 02 9265 9333.

Sydney New Year’s Eve Accessibility Officer

Phone: +61 2 9265 9333

Email: nyedisability@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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Don't DIS my ABILITY 2016 is just around the corner!

Approximately 1.3 million people in NSW have a disability, this is one in every five people.

In partnership with community groups, media, sponsors and other Government agencies, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will again deliver the hugely anticpated Don’t DIS my ABILITY awareness campaign. 

In 2016, Don’t DIS my ABILITY will encourage positive interaction between people with disability and their communities, particularly surrounding their career achievements.

This campaign period runs between Monday 21 November – Sunday 11 December 2016. Visit the Don't DIS my ABILITY website for more information.

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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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 Performing Arts Summer School 2017

In partnership with Murmuration, The Young Americans will facilitate a week-long Summer School designed for participants with disability.

The Young Americans provide performing arts education and performance opportunities to young people and young adults around the world. Their workshops bring an incredible combination of skills-training, high-energy, team-building, confidence boosting FUN!

Participants will learn from and perform with this super talented international cast. As well as developing performing arts skills in singing, drama and dance, participants will perform alongside The Young Americans in a community sharing. 

Using music as the tool, The Young American cast of trained college age performer-teachers provide a safe and fun atmosphere for participants to learn, explore, create, and GROW!

For more information please visit the Murmuration website.


30 January - 4 February 2017

Community Sharing:  Saturday 4 February 


Open to all people with disability. Age 16 +


Glebe Town Hall and Marrickville Town Hall


Early Bird offer Open Now: $350.00 (Register by 20 December to save $50.00)

Venues and Access

Glebe Town Hall and Marrickville Town Hall are both accessible venues with level and ramped entrances, internal lifts, reserved parking and accessible bathrooms. 

Auslan Interpretation is available with bookings. For any further access needs please email or call.


Call: 0497 710 640

Email info@murmuration.com.au

Donate to Accessible Arts 

Sydney Festival 2017

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Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms the city with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. 

Sydney Festival welcomes all visitors and makes every effort to ensure that the program is accessible to our whole audience.

The 2017 programs is full of accessible performances.

Download the Accessible Performance Guide and Accessible Performance Calendar

Visit Sydney Festival website and book now to avoid missing out.

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

Featured Artist

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Alison Winchester Artist’s statement:

“My artwork explores the themes of cognitive testing and aims to represent how the neurological cognitive assessments that I went through as a result of a brain injury were constraining and limiting to the intellectual and artistic talent that I have. I use a multimedia approach including sculptures, acrylic paint, ceramic, glass blowing and fabric dying."

Exhibition: 14 November – 20 Novembe

Opening night: Thursday 17 November , 6pm – 8pm

Where: Stirrup Gallery, Addison Road, Marrickville

Visit Stirrup Gallery website for more information.

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Featured arts + disability videos

Catalyst Dance Residency 2016

Choreographer Marc Brew giving a masterclass

The Catalyst Dance Residency was a national artist development program across 2015 and 2016 supporting 14 dance practitioners with and without disability who demonstrated commitment to integrated dance practice.

More information on the two year residency can be found online at the Catalyst Dance website.

Artist Run Initiative Creatively Connected

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In this video a lively group of practicing artists with disability meeting together to enhance and develop their individual professional practice skills. The artists learn critical evaluation skills through visiting exhibitions voted by them, that are relevant to their interest and practice.

The artists are energised by taking part in showing and promoting their art in traditional and modern contexts. More information on this project can be found at the Accessible Arts website.

Skye Saxon and Elias Nohra

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Snowflake Moon: A Paperville Mystery by Skye Saxon and Elias Nohra is a story on a rare partnership, forged in an art collective, to develop a very unique game. 

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.

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