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Artwork: Roof Line (detail), 2017, by Clare Hooper. Courtesy of the artist.

Newsletter October 2018

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New CEO begins

We are delighted to announce that our new CEO, Kerry Comerford, began work with us this week. Kerry is an accomplished senior executive and CEO who has well-developed networks as well as domestic and international experience in both the not-for-profit and commercial art sectors. 

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Have your say!

Contribute to the National Arts and Disability Strategy! Share your experiences and describe how you think the participation of people with disability in the arts, screen and culture sector can be increased. Find out about consultations and link to an online survey.

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Outing Disability opens

A captivating exhibition of photographic portraits of LGBTIQ people with disability – Outing Disability – is on from 25 to 28 October at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown. Portraits are by the internationally acclaimed Belinda Mason. There’s an opportunity to meet the participants on 27 October.

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Volunteer opportunities at Carriageworks

Roomies Arts is inviting artists with disability and those with psycho-social concerns to become volunteer invigilators for a major art installation at Carriageworks – Nick Cave: Until between 23 November 2018 and 3 March 2019. Click below to find out more about what’s on offer and how to express interest.


Bonus Bits

  • Artstate Bathurst – our very own regional arts conference – by Regional Arts NSW is just around the corner beginning 1 November. Do you have your tickets? If you do, and even if you don't (yet), you'll love hearing about our top program picks focusing on mental health, inclusion and post-disability.

  • If you’re an artist living with disability and looking to make new connections, keep informed about opportunities, and develop your skills, then the Hickson Road Arts Group could be for you. Artists from all art forms with all levels of abilities are welcome. The upcoming meeting is 30 October.

  • The Screenability Filmmakers Fund from Create NSW is open to emerging practitioners with disability from all Australian states. Open until 28 October, the fund will support up to three teams with $30,000 to produce short films (5 – 15 minutes) that could premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. 

  • We send our congratulations to Ruth O'Brien for the launch of her Invaluable EP in Canberra last month. The EP was made over a four-year period and is Ruth's debut recording! The digital album and compact disk are now available for sale. The link also includes a beautiful five-minute sound bite.

  • If you’re looking for information on accessible performances, works and tours at this year’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art by Performance Space, it’s one click away. We’ve put together an accessible guide for Liveworks including audio described works now on at Carriageworks until 28 October.

  • Into the Light, an exhibition of new works by Front Up's Emerge 2018 artists, is on until 25 October. Exhibiting artists have been inspired by engaging with exhibitions and installations at the Art Gallery of NSW. It’s all happening at the Front Up Hub in Seven Hills, a short flat walk from the train station. Check the link for days and times.

  • The SciFi Film Festival has announced Sarah Houbolt as the 2018 Chris Murray Award honoree. Ten double passes to the ceremony and screening of Sarah's film Reflections in the Dust (rated MA) on October 20 at 8.30 pm at Event Cinemas George Street are on offer. Email to claim your tickets.

  • Congratulations to Psykinetic, one of Screenrights inaugural Cultural Fund recipients! Their grant will support a new screen content delivery platform controlled by the eyes, muscles and the mind to support people with disability. We look forward to hearing more about this initiative led by Dr Jordan Nguyen.

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