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Artwork: Streamline (detail) by Gareth Glastonbury, Kim Merrick, Suzanne Sorrell, Tim Strachan, Mark Weston. Courtesy of the artists and Unisson Disability Art Studios

Newsletter July 2018

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Let's Talk about the Future

Join us on Tuesday 17 July for our next ATAG professional development event at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. We'll hear from Ben Moir and Annabel Stevens of Snepo, Joshua Flowers of SpeakSee and our own Scott O'Hara. It's free, in Auslan and you can book until 4:30 pm today pending availability.

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Public Consultations

Have your say on how government can better support NSW artists with disability, and on how the NDIS impacts on you. Consultations continue in Maitland, Seven Hills and Moss Vale. Accessible Arts and Create NSW want to hear from you. Check the online schedule and find out how to get involved.

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An entire series of Creative Talks in Auslan: Saturday 21 July as part of the MAKEit MADEit Conference at the Newcastle Conservatorium. This is one of Australia’s premier creative events for the arts, making and design communities. Click below for info on the speakers who are part of Creative Talks and a link to book. 

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Auslan and ISL Tours

In Auslan and International Sign Language: terrific tours from 6:00 pm on Wednesday 18 July at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to coincide with the Deaf History International 2018 conference. Click below for the complete schedule and information on how to book.

News and Views


  • Seven artists in total are featured in a new music video released in Newcastle. The track features two non-verbal artists who rap using communication devices. The artists – Jacob Hughes and Robert King – wrote verses that were programmed into their devices. This online ABC article includes the video.

  • Jodee Mundy was recently interviewed in Auslan by Alex Jones at Riverside Theatres as part of our In Conversation series. Jodee’s an interdisciplinary artist, a native Auslan signer and the only hearing member of a Deaf family. Enjoy highlights and afterthoughts from the interview which took place in early June.

  • Accessible Arts together with Bundanon Trust have announced the five artist-in-residence recipients who will spend time at the Trust from 27 August to 3 September. Each applicant had to identify as being Deaf or as a person with disability. To learn a little more about the recipients, visit here.

  • Bus Stop Films is excited to share the news that they’re expanding to Western Sydney. They’ll be able to assist more people with disability through their film studies program. Bus Stop Films has applied for a grant which relies on public voting. Voting is quick, easy and accessible here

  • The WOW Festival presents Dignity of Risk on 19 July at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre: a new contemporary performance about the way we see ourselves and the perception we have of others. It's by the Harness Ensemble and co-produced by Shopfront Arts Co-Op and ATYP. Visit here for more.

  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales has recently posted 57 videos about this year's Archibald Prize winners and finalists. Guests to their website can read, listen to audio tracks and watch Auslan videos of the artists’ statements. This project highlights the Gallery’s focus on accessibility.

  • Murmuration, a pioneering Australian performance company, works with professional artists with and without disability. In collaboration with each artist, Murmuration creates engaging and thought-provoking theatre. Find out more about Days Like These, which will be performed at The Joan in August.

  • Calling all kids with an existing talent who are living with disability, chronic illness or financial hardship: Variety Heart Scholarships – up to $5000 – are now open until 31 July. Scholarships cover costs such as travel, equipment and coaching. To find out more about what’s on offer, visit here.

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