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Welcome to our October 2015 newsletter.

Accessible Arts is proud to report that last month an estimated 1,000 people were in attendance at the inaugural arts + disability expo held at Carriageworks. The expo showcased the programs and services of 27 organisations within the arts and disability sector.  A big thank you to all our exhibitors, sponsors, performers and attendees who made this event a smashing success. Photos from the two-day event are now online for viewing.

The countdown has begun to the full roll-out of the NDIS in NSW. In preparation NDS will run a series of three Regional Meetings aiming to communicate information that is most useful for organisations. This is a great opportunity for the sector to discuss important issues relevant to service delivery, and to network with other providers. We encourage you to view the full list of dates and find a forum relevant to your region.

Our Deaf Arts Officer, Joanna Agius, warmly invites Deaf and hard of hearing people to an evening on 7 December at the Newcastle Community Arts Centre to meet curators, arts organisations and members of the Deaf/hard of hearing community to discuss opportunities to engage with the arts community in Newcastle/Hunter region. If this is of interest to you, please RSVP to Joanna Agius by Monday 23 November 2015 at jagius@aarts.net.au. Full forum information online at Accessible Arts website.

[Banner Image: Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble. Photography by Gisella Vollmer]

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Handel's Messiah Performed in Auslan

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Experience a world first, as Handel's Messiah is performed in Auslan at the Sydney Opera House. In this concert series, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir is joined by a Deaf and hard of hearing signing choir to translate Jennen's biblical text using sign language.

All performances are conducted by Brett Weymark and will be signed by co-director Alex Jones and in partnership Accessible Arts.

  • Thursday 3rd December, 8pm
  • Saturday 5th December, 8pm
  • Sunday 6th December, 1pm

Tickets: $50 - $100 plus applicable fees with booking online at the Sydney Philharmonia website

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International Day of People with Disability

The 2015 theme for celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

We again look forward to this collaborative effort between schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

The best way for you to help promote and celebrate the day is to hold an event in your community, organisation or business. It is an opportunity to think, talk about and acknowledge people with disability positively.

Events can take any form you wish. Big or small, simple or challenging, your event is only limited by your own considerations – and imagination. For more information on how to get involved visit the IPDwD website.

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Delineate 2016 - 2017 Funding Opens Wednesday 28 October 2015

The Delineate 2016 - 2017 funding program opens Wednesday 28 October 2015 and Accessible Arts is delighted to announce recipients will now receive $8000 [$4000 per year over a two year period]. The funding is towards an arts project, and/or program to be developed throughout the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, run by Family and Community Services (FACS) during 2016 and 2017.

Delineate aims to support disability-led projects that build capacity, leadership skills, and artistic networks for artists with disability as well as create cultural change. Delineate applicants can apply from anywhere in NSW, a total of 6 grants will be offered.

Applications close Wednesday 16 December 5pm and can be submitted on line via Smartygrants. Full information available at the Accessible Arts website.

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Upcoming Training

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End of the Year Disability Awareness Training 2015

"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 Thursday 19 November 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 or visit the Accessible Arts Training webpage.

Author Matt Hargrave 

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'Theatres of Learning Disability' reviewed by Gus Garside. 'Theatres of Learning Disability' is the first book to critically analyse theatre made by actors with learning difficulties from an artistic perspective.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, author Matt Hargrave spent over five years researching the work of several companies and artists giving detailed analysis of work by Back To Back, Mind the Gap, Dark Horse, the Shysters and Full Body and the Voice. 

This isn't a book to go to if you are seeking information about the current situation of actors with intellectual disability and theatre. If it were the range of work looked at would be insufficient. Rather it is to stimulate how we ourselves assess the work. He doesn't ask you to agree with his opinions but he does ask you to think and make judgements. To not hold back from treating the work with the rigour it deserves. Read the full review by Gus Garside online here.

Featured Artist

Ruckus Theatre Ensemble Members

Ruckus needs your help! Get on board with Ruckus to support 'Speed of Life', an international creative exchange of dynamic performers living with disability, between Australia and Cambodia, .

This innovative new contemporary performance work devised by Ruckus is in collaboration with Epic Encounters, another performance ensemble from inclusive arts organisation EPIC Arts in Kampot, Cambodia.

Ruckus is a Sydney based disability led theatre ensemble [six members] who through their original, thought provoking and powerful performances smash stereotypes and challenge audience’s preconceptions of what people with disability are capable of achieving.

Visit the campaign page now to find out more and how to support this project.

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Liveworks 2015 at Performance Space

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Saturday 24 October, 11am – Audio Described Tactile Tour

Indigenous artist, Jonathan Jones, explores the stark beauty and savage history of Wiradjuri country in this specially commissioned new work. In the audio described performance, accompanied by a tactile tour of the work, patrons will be led through the exhibition space and encouraged to encounter the work through a facilitated sensory experience. Book online through Eventbrite.

Featured | Arts + Disability Videos

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Newsletter features in Auslan by Joanna Agius. 

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Forget what you know about disability.  Channel 4 UK introduces Viktoria Modesta, the world’s first amputee pop artist and her video clip 'Prototype'.

Make sure you stick around for the amazing spike dance at the end. Created by 4creative, directed by Saam Farahmand. [Click the above image to watch]

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