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Welcome to our April 2015 newsletter.

We want to let you know about some great opportunities and initiatives in the sector for artists to apply for in May. Click the links to find out the eligibility criteria and deadlines:

In case you missed the announcement, the ABC is conducting a trial of audio description (AD) on its online catch-up television service, iview for 15 months making 14 hours of AD content available per week. From 14 April 2015 AD content will be accessible through the iview application on iOS compatible tablets and mobile devices. Visit the ABC website for full information on this access service.

This month our Arts Development Manager Kris Tito attended Cementa Festival 2015. Read her article on Cementa15 and its extensive program with over 60 artists exhibiting works across 20 venues throughout the town.

Lastly, Accessible Arts is looking for voluntary Deaf or hard of hearing skilled singers to join us to perform Handel's ‘Messiah’ with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir in December 2015. Please visit our Deaf Arts Network page to find out how and when to apply.

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Accessible Arts 2015 - 2016 Grants Program

Accessible Arts Grants Program consists of Quick Response Grants up to $5,000 and Small Grants from $5,000 – $20,000, over two grant rounds in 2015 and 2016. 

Grants are for creative projects and/or ideas that improve access for people with brain and/or spinal cord injuries, and people with disability more generally.

The funding program will support arts and cultural projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation. They can include projects that support online resources, venue accessibility, adaptation of equipment for specific use in creative expression and other initiatives supporting the creation of artwork. 

Visit the Accessible Arts website to find out how to apply.

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Creatability Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Screenworks’ Createability project successful filmmakers.

Three Northern Rivers Producer/Director teams have been selected to each produce a short documentary film profiling the work and life of artists with disability living and creating in the region.

Createability is all about providing local artists with disability the opportunity to challenge community attitudes and misconceptions that form barriers to social inclusion.

  • Jonatan Lundmark and Sebastian Lundmark from Byron Bay (Rest Your Eyes Productions)
  • Bangalow-based Poppy Walker and Sophie Hexter
  • Andy Bambach from Suffolk Park (In Your Face Productions)

All three teams have extensive experience in producing broadcast quality films. The full media release can be read online here. We look forward to seeing the films.

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Young Artists! Are you up for the Kennedy Centre TiLT Challenge?

This is your mission. The Kennedy Center asks you to bring honesty to the table. To shift perception through media, video, and creative storytelling. To showcase that people are people first, not simply defined by a disability. This is the TILT challenge.

TiLT asks you to share your disability experience, in your own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters, through the art of digital media and storytelling. The challenge seeks authentic stories that will inform, enlighten and tilt this perception.

The TiLT Challenge invites middle school, high school, and pre-professional students, ages 13-22, from around the world to submit. Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length and are due 15 May, 2015. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of 20-26 July, 2015.

Please share with young film and media makers! Visit the TiLT Challenge website to find out more.

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CEO Quarterly

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My quarterly CEO column begins with the exiting news of the launch of the first integrated arts company in NSW. Murmuration Dance Theatre, directed by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo was launched on 14 April at Gumbramorra Hall, Marrickville. 

This is a milestone in the development of the arts and disability sector in NSW. The company is set to expand the pathways and provide role models for those with disability who are inspired to immerse themselves in contemporary dance practice. 

Read Sancha Donald's [CEO] full quarterly sector message online at the Accessible Arts website.

AARTS 2014 Annual Report

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In this issue we are pleased to announce that our 2014 Annual Report is published and available for download from the Accessible Arts website.

The report shows our varied work across arts and audience development, training and education in the NSW arts and disability sector.

The front cover uses the striking image of dancer Matthew Massaria and his performance at the Arts Activated Conference 2014.

To download the 2014 Annual Report in either Word or PDF format please visit the Accessible Arts website.

Featured Artist

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Jo Bannon is a UK based artist making live art and performance. Her work is concerned with human exchange and encounter and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed.

Jo attempts to unpick the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours. Her performances often manifest as intimate encounters designed for single or small audiences alongside staged theatre work and installations. Read more about Jo Bannon and her creative practice at her website.

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Vivid Festival Sydney 2015

Vivid Festival Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid 2015 will run from the 22nd of May until the 8th of June 2015. Visit the Vivid wesbite for full festival information.

Featured | Arts + Disability Videos

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Newsletter features in Auslan by Joanna Agius.

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Check out artist John Demos' video feature for Runway Australian Experimental Art online journal. 

Read more about John and his work online at Runway's website.

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