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Artwork: Currawong (detail) by Helen Cassimatis, Andrew Frost, Juliette Lord, Andrew McDonald, Michael Simpson. Courtesy of the artists and Unisson Disability Art Studios

Newsletter September 2018

A child with face paint is looking at the camera. Circles of coloured paper hang behind her

Spot On Children's Festival

This year’s Spot On Children’s Festival is returning to Riverside Theatres during the upcoming school holiday. There are three relaxed performances (including Big Bad Wolf) along with social stories that support patrons to prepare for the experience of coming to the theatre. For more, please click below.    

Black text on a yellow background: National Young Writers' Festival, 27 - 30 September 2018

Narrative Prosthesis at Newcastle Festival

Join Alistair Baldwin and Robin M Eames as they discuss disability, tokenisation and disruption in literature and the arts writ large. It’s all happening on Sunday 30 September at the National Young Writers’ Festival as part of TiNA. Take a moment to meet Alistair in the lead up to Narrative Prosthesis in Newcastle.

An abstract artwork with a garden theme in shades of yellows and oranges

Meander Stream until 29 September

Meander Stream is a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of artists Clare Hooper and Ann-Marie Bateman. It’s on at Gallery Lane Cove and Creative Studios until 29 September. Before then – on 22 September – will be an opportunity to meet the artists in a discussion led by Judith Salmon. Click below for more.

Accessible Arts trainer Liz Martin interacting with two people and smiling

Disability Inclusion Training: October Session

Have you attended a Disability Inclusion Training session by Accessible Arts? Well, your next chance is just around the corner. Trainer Liz Martin will lead the upcoming session on Wednesday 3 October at The Arts Exchange beginning at 10:00 am. For more and a link to book, click below.


Bonus Bits

  • See For Yourself is an exciting new short film designed to be accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences alike. It’s a psychological thriller with two expenses-paid acting roles on offer. The female characters, named Joy and Abbigail, are both between 16 and 25 years. Visit here to find out more about these opportunities.

  • There’s a call out for participants with intellectual disability to be part of a one-hour observational TV documentary being shot by Southern Pictures. They’re a dynamic Sydney-based production house with a track record for making television that sparks a national conversation. Visit here to read more about how to express interest.

  • Meeting Place is right around the corner. It’s Australia’s leading arts and disability forum taking place in Alice Springs from 24 to 26 September. It promises to be three days of inspiring and thought-provoking experiences. Tickets are still on sale, and the full program is now available online.

  • On Monday 1 October at noon will be a Play School Concert with Theo and Rachael. It’s taking place in The Great Hall at Sydney Boys College and it’s a great show for kids of all ages. It will be Auslan interpreted by Nicole Petley. Visit the website of Auslan Stage Left to learn more and to book.

  • Five artists were part of the Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program from 27 August until 3 September. They each have a short video clip in which they talk about what they’ve been up to and how the environment has impacted on their practice. Visit our YouTube channel for access to the clips.

  • Join the conversation and celebrate the arts from 1 to 4 November at Artstate Bathurst, the regional arts conference and festival. With panels and presentations on inclusive arts practice, post-disability and creative disaster recovery, the Artstate Speakers Program is sure to intrigue and inspire. Use the discount code PANORAMA2795 to receive 15% off conference tickets!

  • Coming up on 22 and 23 September is the St. Ives Medieval Faire. On site will be an Including You sensory tent that will provide a space for people to retreat to if they need a break from the noise, crowds and other sensory inputs. It will be staffed by trained volunteers. Learn more.

  • DirtyFeet’s popular The Right Foot workshops are back this October and November. They are free contemporary dance workshops for young people aged 14 to 26 with and without disability. The workshop series has a performance studies focus with an event held in November at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. Find out.

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