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Welcome to our February 2016 newsletter. 

The year of the monkey is already shaping up to be big, and is significant for Accessible Arts as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary!  

A great funding opportunity is available with Fairfield Council, check out their Social Change through Creativity local grants program online. One-off grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit groups or organisations. The grant opened 4 January 2016 and closes 31 March 2016 at 5pm.

The Churchill Fellowship is now open. This opportunity worth $25,000 allows ordinary Australians to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and Australia. Applications open Sunday 28 February and close 11.59pm AEST Sunday 15 May 2016.

Our volunteer Johanna Garvin joins Screen NSW's Production Attraction and Incentives unit to complete a 5-week internship. Congratulations Jo, we look forward to watching your NSW screen career grow.

Design-Athon are looking for people with disability to come to their upcoming innovation and technology event. The idea is to work in small teams to create new products and services to improve access and inclusion for people with disability. Visit the Design-Athon website for full information on how to participate. 

Northern Rivers based screen industry organisation Screenworks has announced increased opportunities for Regional NSW filmmakers as part of Createability 2016 - a project that provides funded opportunities for professional filmmakers to profile artists with disability living and creating in regional NSW.  Registrations are now open for filmmakers and artists to apply, visit the Createability website to apply.

Accessible Arts would like to wish you all happiness and prosperity for the year ahead, and are delighted to continue to bring you great news from the arts and disability sector. 

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Pathways to Practice * Arts Activated 2016 * Save the Date!

Save the date for the Arts Activated 2016 Conference, to be held from 20 - 21 September at Carriageworks.

Arts Activated 2016 ‘Pathways to Practice’ will explore the varied paths that artists with disability take in developing their practice during their career, and how organisations are fostering pathways for artists and audiences with disability.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for artists and leaders from major cultural institutions, organisations, and arts workers to come together, share ideas and create stronger partnerships whilst being inspired by a diverse range of nationally and internationally recognised experts in the fields.

* Call for Papers opens 1 March 2016 * Early Bird registrations open 4 April 2016 * 

To keep up to date with conference news, including registration dates and calls for papers, please visit the Arts Activated website.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra's Move Program

The Australian Chamber Orchestra's [ACO] Education Program aims to provide students with the skills and inspiration to explore and continue their artistic journey. As part of the development and growth of the Education Program, ACO Move was created to encourage young adults with disability to learn, practice and develop movement responses to music being played live in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Dean Watson, the ACO’s Customer Relations and Access Manager, says, "ACO Move is about access in its broadest sense: access to what we do, who we are, how we work, think and create; access to musicians, instruments, staff, administration and facilities. This broad conception of access helps to encourage inclusive and transparent involvement in the creative process. ACO Move is set up to engage as directly as possible with the best disability arts practice, bringing together young adults with disability and members of the ACO - both musicians and staff." 

ACO Move 2016 – application form available online.

[Photo credit:  Patrick Boland]

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'Falling in Love with Frida' touring Australia in March 2016

Artistic director, choreographer and performer, Caroline Bowditch, returns to Australia to present her intimate and enticing show, Falling in Love with Frida, exploring the life, loves and legacy of painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). Through her love-like obsession with Frida, Caroline shares affinities and parallels to her own life.

This exquisitely-performed, all-woman show exposes many little-known facts about Frida, as an artist and cultural icon. Personal, political and poetic, the performance recognises that each life leaves its own mark. Through dance and movement, powerful yet fragile bodies skillfully craft an inquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for. 

‘The journey of making this piece, that I am really proud of, has been full of adventure, joy, laughter and tears. I invite you to join me around the yellow table in celebration of one of the finest women that has ever lived.’ Caroline Bowditch. Falling in Love with Frida opens at Riverside Theatres 4 March 2016.

Full tour dates and details can be found online at Outlandish Arts.

Delineate 2016 - 2017 Grant Recipients Announced

We are very excited to announce the winners of our 2016 Delineate grants!

Delineate is an arts program that seeks to enrich the creative initiatives of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign run by the Family and Community Services (FACS). In partnership with Accessible Arts, the program is designed to boost and foster arts and disability practice within NSW. The 2016 winners are:

  • Cementa Inc  Cementa17 Disability Dimension
  • Mai-Wel Limited – ‘Destiny’ The Musical
  • Shopfront Arts Co-op – Dignity of Risk 
  • Sprung!! – Hopes and Dreams   
  • Studio ARTES – Merge
  • 107 Projects Incorporated – Hack Sounds

For a detailed recipient project listing please visit the Accessible Arts website.

Donate to Accessible Arts 

Disability Awareness 

Disability Awareness Training Monday 7 March, 9:30am – 1:30pm.

Disability awareness training is vital for people working across all levels of arts policy or practice within organisations. 

It provides a real understanding of disability and inclusive practices, with information and skills development relevant to all.

Our training is delivered by an experienced trainer with lived experience.

To book contact Sarah Houbolt, +61 2 9251 6499 ext 107, shoubolt@aarts.net.au, or register online here.

Visit our website for more Training information.

Grants Opening 2016

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Accessible Arts is pleased to offer a second year of funding through its 2016 Small Grants Program.

Supported by Lifetime Care, the program consists of two opportunities for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. 

The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000 – $20,000 

The Quick Response Grant offers funding up to $5,000 for artist projects that demonstrate evidence of urgency, unforeseen or sudden opportunity.

More information and grant guidelines can be found on our website.    

Featured Artist

Artist Ned

Accessible Arts is excited to announce that it is supporting eight artist with disability run initiatives (ARI’s) across NSW in 2016. ‘Run With It’ in Armidale is facilitated by the artist Ned McDowell. His ARI consists of visual artists who identify as having either mental illness or physical disability. 

As part of Accessible Arts’ ARI Project they will be furthering their professional careers through arts and business workshops.

Ned’s film still from his artwork ‘Mental illness is not just black and white but has many grey areas’ has been produced by having nine buckets of paint, five of black and four of white alternatively poured over him from above. 

Stay involved and get updates on the ARI initiative by Liking the Facebook Page.

Accessing the Arts Group - ATAG News

Accessing the Arts Group is for NSW arts organisations and venues who are interested in providing access and inclusion in the arts, sharing ideas and best practice, and networking for peer support. To attend ATAG meetings, sign up for Accessing the Arts Group [ATAG) membership

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Creative Causeway 9 March 2016

Accessible Arts will be hosting Caroline Bowditch as guest presenter and facilitator of a Creative Causeway gathering at Critical Path. 

Caroline is touring her show Falling in Love with Frida to Australia in early 2016 in partnership with Outlandish Arts.

When: 9 March 2016 from 10am to 12:30pm

This is a free event. To register your interest in attending email ktito@aarts.net.au

Read the e-flyer for this event online here.

Featured arts + disability videos

Screenshot of Deaf Arts Officer Sofya Gollan

Accessible Arts welcomes Sofya Gollan to the role of Deaf Arts Officer. 

Sofya looks forward to contributing to the ongoing advocacy and promotion of a vibrant disability arts sector, and supporting Deaf artists and audiences in NSW. 

In her new role, Sofya will work with Accessible Arts to continue to build successful partnerships with the broader arts community.

Screenshot of Deaf Choir for Messiah in Concert Hall of Opera House

Handel's Messiah performed in Auslan with Director Alex Jones and his signing choir.

Handel's greatest and most loved choral masterpiece sung by more than 500  voices at the Sydney Opera House.

Brett Weymark conducts the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to mark the start of the festive season.

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