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Artwork: Bagnolias (detail) by Penny Howe, Ashleigh Linschoten, Heather Johnson, Kim Merrick, Frances Scott, Leslie Szilard. Courtesy of the artists and Unisson Disability Art Studios

Newsletter June 2018

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Unlimited Bursaries Announced

In partnership with the British Council, Accessible Arts is very pleased to announce the recipients of bursaries to attend the Unlimited Festival and Symposium 2018 in the UK. Unlimited aims to give arts practitioners with disability an opportunity to develop international partnerships and collaborations. Click below to read more. 

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Thomas Banks Training – 11 July

If you’re interested in Disability Awareness Training that gets you out of your seat and onto the floor, then we might have what you’re looking for. On 11 July, we’ll be in collaboration with the Centre for Access, and offering Thomas Banks’s invigorating two-hour session. Click below to learn more and to book.

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Discover 2018

Discover is a free 11-week program offered by Front Up and based in Seven Hills in Western Sydney. It’s designed for creative people between the ages of 17 and 35 with disability and/or the experience of mental health concerns. It aims to facilitate aspiring artists to explore various art practices. Click below to read more and apply.

Photo of building moldings with text: ATAG at Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 8:30 am

ATAG on 17 July

Our next Accessing the Arts Group is being hosted by the Art Gallery of NSW and is set for 17 July beginning at 8:30 am. This professional development group is aimed at providing support and information for improving access and inclusion. To find out more about the upcoming session and a link to book, click below.

News and Views


  • Writer/director Jonathan Ogilvie is preparing a modern film adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent entitled Lone Wolf. The production is committed to casting an actor with disability in the pivotal role of Stevie. The film will star Hugo Weaving and Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Read more in this online Variety article.

  • Accessible Arts will be conducting research into how artists with lived experience of disability are being affected by the NDIS. If you would like to add your voice, please contact the Accessible Arts office on 02 9251 6499 or via our website about attending a consultation session currently scheduled for the afternoon of 10 July.

  • Presented by Deaf Australia, the tenth Deaf History International Conference takes place from 17 – 21 July in Sydney. Colonialism in Deaf History will focus on how we define colonialism and how it applies to deaf history. There’s a wide variety of keynote speakers across multiple venues. Visit the official website to learn more and register. 

  • Two events at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) on 7 July will be Auslan interpreted. First up is In Conversation: John Mawurndjul at 11:00 am. Following will be Panel Discussion: Breaking Ground at 1:30 pm. Bookings are required for both events and charges apply. Type 'Auslan' in the MCA website search function for details.

  • Outing Disability is a photographic journey documenting the stories of LGBTIQ people with disability. Through portrait photographs and voice, people share their hopes, dreams, struggles and triumphs. Family Planning NSW has received funding to expand the current collection. To discover more and to express interest, visit here.

  • The Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School in Erskineville has a variety of scholarships available for suitable applicants including artists with disability. For term three (beginning 21 July) applications are due by 29 June. Recipients must be able to travel to Erskineville. For details and for information on how to apply, visit here.

  • SPARK: The Unearthly Hour is a festival by Junction Works for people with disability who enjoy being creative and having fun. Now in its fifteenth year, SPARK is a festival where people with disability can immerse themselves in creative and social activities in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Early bird entries are open until 30 June. Find out more.

  • Back for its fourth year, MAKEit MADEit Conference returns as one of Australia’s premier creative events for the arts, making and design communities. People from all over Australia and abroad will unite to share their interest, experience and passion for all things creative. It’s all happening on 21 July, with Auslan interpretation. Visit here to learn more.

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