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[Banner: Ausdance Director Michelle Silby with Performer Dan Daw and Accessible Arts Interim General Manager Michael Huxley, following Dan's talk - read the article below]

Newsletter January 2018

Michelle Silby sits on a chair. She wears a green dress and is gesturing with her hands while facing Dan Daw. Dan sits in a chair facing Michelle and is looking at her. The background is dark

A conversation with Dan Daw 

Accessible Arts co-hosted a conversation between Michelle Silby, Director at Ausdance and internationally acclaimed performer Dan Daw, on Sunday, part of Sydney Festival.

Dan, who is performing Beast at the Festival, discussed what drives him, the importance of grassroots community arts programs and how he learned to take control of his career.

The text: SYDNEY FESTIVAL 6 - 28 Jan 2018 is in white font over a red banner with coloured ribbons in the background

Still lots to see at Sydney Festival

From the ritual return of ice fish sculptures to the harbour, to barber shop gossip, to Alice in Wonderland, there are still plenty of accessible events to get involved in during the last 10 days of Sydney Festival. This year has the biggest range of accessible events in the history of the Festival. 

Here’s an overview of some Auslan interpreted, opened captioned and relaxed performances.  

Accessible Arts CEO Morwenna Collett

Disability Inclusion Training

Our Disability Inclusion Training offers practical and innovative solutions to give you the confidence to welcome people with disability, provide inclusive experiences and make accessibility a natural and integrated part of what you do. Our next training session is on 20 February from 10am - 12.30pm.

Creatives Collective logo, which is blue and red

Wanted: NSW Teaching Artist with Disability

Creatives Collective is a group of artists with disability in Coonabarabran. They have been awarded a grant to fund three workshops by professional artists to help them improve their skills, and to talk about experiences and learnings as an artist with disability. Funds will cover travel, accommodation, some meals and workshop fees. 

News and views

Whats on?

  • We are collating a database of professional artists with disability in NSW so that we can easily connect people with opportunities. Please contact Ann-Maree Rundle, Projects Assistant at Accessible Arts if you would like to join our database.
  • Ability Links NSW, through the St Vincent de Paul Society and Settlement Services International, are creating an accessibility and inclusion guide. This will provide resources and ideas about accessibility that groups or organisations can use when planning community events. Please take a few minutes to help them with their research by completing this short survey.
  • Industry training advisory body ACFIPS (Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services) have announced qualifications that will receive government subsidies in 2018. One of these is Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching. The subsidised training will make it affordable and achievable for artists keen to work with people with disability in dance. for more info Helen O'Moore, ACFIPS Projects Officer.
  • The latest edition of the Deaf Society's Deaf Herald in Auslan is out now, and includes a segment from our Deaf Arts Officer Riona Tindal about the latest from Accessible Arts.
Check our website for the latest arts and disability news.
  • How would you like to be part of a new artwork in Sydney? Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama invites you to share a song or poem from your heritage in any language (including Auslan), on the stage of Centennial Hall in Sydney Town Hall on Sunday January 28. Performances will be filmed and collated into a collection of diverse voices and oral histories that make up Sydney titled 'SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement'.
  • Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust has opened submissions for artists to apply to feature in HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk. HIDDEN encourages public use of the historic Rookwood Cemetery. Established and emerging artists are welcome to apply and applications from artists with disability are encouraged. Entries close 12 March. 

  • There's still time to submit films to the Superfest International Disability Film Festival - the longest running disability film festival in the world. The deadline is 28 February.

  • The Sidney Myer Fund and The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) have announced their next joint funding round, as part of the Sidney Myer Fund Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program. This grant round will focus on improving the wellbeing of LGBTI people living with a disability. Applications close 5 March.
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