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Welcome to our March 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2017 Accessible Arts newsletter.

Accessible Arts is pleased to present the latest in arts and disability news, with a state, national and international focus.

[Banner image credit: Shopfront – Harness Ensemble ‘Dignity of Risk’ Inside//Outside showing at the MCA in 2016. Photographer Maja Baska.]

Accessing Sydney Collectively Launched

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Accessible Arts in partnership with the City of Sydney, and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alistair McEwin, launched the new 'Accessing Sydney Collectively (ASYD.CO) knowledge exchange partnership program' on 8 March 2017, as part of the Sydney Access and Inclusion Campaign.

Accessing Sydney Collectively (ASYD.CO) aims to provide direct and accurate pathways to digital information of a venue or event’s accessibility options, all through a newly developed logo. Twelve partner art organisations, including Sydney Theatre Company, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art, have updated their websites to include the new ASYD.CO logo, leading site visitors to all the accessibility information they need to visit and partake in Sydney's varied cultural experiences.

The campaign was created to collectively remove barriers online for people with disability through just one click. Media Access Australia provided input into the accessibility of the campaign via consultation with Tammy Brennan, the Communication Manager of the program’s co-convenor, Accessible Arts. The initiative supports improved online access awareness, connectivity and navigation for people with disability. The campaign enables greater access to the arts and cultural life for the City of Sydney.

Participating organisations include the Sydney Theatre Company, City Recital Hall, Maritime Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belvoir, Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Film Festival, Carriageworks, Australian Museum and State Library of NSW. Visit the asyd.co to click through to find out information, or visit Media Access Australia for this full article.

Front Up 2017 Call Out for Artists

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Youth Explore Program About Self-Portraits to Selfies 

Front Up is a Western Sydney Community Arts and Cultural based Program, that is an exciting new initiative founded by Ability Options in 2016. Front Up is offering a FREE introductory Youth Explore arts program within the Western Sydney Seven Hills district. This is a 6 week program led by Western Sydney artist George Tillianakis, Mentor Gaye Fleming and 5 ‘Emerge 2016’ Front Up assisting artists.

Youth Explore 2016 will look at Self-Portraiture in art from past to present, with participants producing their own self-portraits in their preferred mediums, as well as developing a collaborative piece. 

Front Up is looking for creative people with or without disability, and/or mental illness, from ages 16-28 from Western Sydney, who are keen to explore the arts in a person centred environment, and are willing to have fun experimenting with a team of professional artists. 

By taking part in the Youth Explore program you will have the opportunity to explore different art mediums in visual arts, movement, and sound. You will meet like-minded people, and have the chance to develop your skill sets through other Front UP programs that focus on working towards further education and/or employment opportunities within the community, arts and cultural sector. 

Youth Explore runs for 6 workshops. Workshops commence from 10.15am to 2pm - includes a 30 minute lunch break between 12pm to 12:30pm (please bring your lunch with you).

Starting Wednesday 29 March to Wednesday 10 May at Front Up Hub, 7/11 Rowley Street, Seven Hills.

  • Workshop 1 - Wednesday 29 March
  • Workshop 2 - Wednesday 5 April
  • Workshop 3 - Wednesday 12 April 
  • *Break for a Week *
  • Workshop 4 - Wednesday 26 April
  • Workshop 5 - Wednesday 3 May 
  • Workshop 6 - Wednesday 10 May 

Please contact Front UP by visiting the website for full information.

Art and You: A planning Guide

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Art and You: A Planning Guide is a downloadable booklet for people with disability, mental health issues or who are Deaf to help them talk about why art is important in their lives. This information may be useful when speaking with NDIS planners.

Developed by Arts Access Victoria in collaboration with a group of artists with mental health issues, Art & You is a combination guide and workbook: there are chapters outlining things like your rights as an artist, and then chapters in which you can answer questions, brainstorm and draw. 

Please visit Art Access Victoria's website for full information and to download the booklet [PDF]. Other alternative formats are available upon request.

AARTS Employment

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Accessible Arts offers open sessions in disability awareness training for managers, policy makers, frontline staff, cultural advisers, small businesses, creative practitioners and other interested parties.

To support the delivery of this training and consultancy we are looking for a casual trainer/assessor, to facilitate training and assessment.  The position is casual and hours will depend on the training demand.

Our consultants also work with organisations to develop their Disability Inclusion Action Plans and conduct access audits.

To support the delivery of our training and consultancy we are looking for casual trainers/assessors, to facilitate training and consultancy activity.  The position is casual and hours will depend on demand.

Please visit the Accessible Arts website for full job description.

Ebb and Flow Exhibition

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Studio ARTES

Ebb and Flow, is an annual exhibition that explores the Hawkesbury River.

This project is a collaboration with Hornsby TAFE ceramics students. 

When: Now to Friday 24 March, 2017.

Where: Hornsby, TAFE Gallery.

Free Entry, and full information online at Studio ARTES website.

Auslan Welcome

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View Accessible Arts Auslan welcome to the newsletter. Click the image for the link or access it here.

Stay up-to-date with our Deaf Arts News by joining the Deaf Arts Facebook Group.

Access Best Practice

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It must be said, University of Technology Sydney’s [UTS] newest Equity and Diversity Officer (Disability) Sarah Houbolt is a bit of a gun on the trapeze. Following last year’s revision of the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan, Houbolt is now set on helping UTS meet best practice standards when it comes to workplace systems and procedures. 

Read here to find out what Sarah has been achieving with UTS, and watch a great video UTS has produced about her.

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Sydney Opera House 2017 Access Program Launched

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Sydney – Wednesday 8 March, 2017. The Sydney Opera House has unveiled its 2017 Access Program, featuring more than 70 accessible performances, workshops and experiences to ensure the Opera House is open to all. 

Underpinned by the Sydney Opera House’s Access Strategic Plan 2016-18, the 2017 program is the Opera House’s biggest yet, increasing the number of accessible performances available to the community. Visit the Sydney Opera House official Media Release online here for the list of performances.

Alongside its year-round Access Program, the Opera House is making significant progress with its plans to open up more of the building to the public and improve access around the site for those with mobility issues. These essential works, which form part of Stage 1 Renewal of the Opera House, include greater access to the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, wheelchair accessible seating positions and new Box Office and Foyer lifts and escalators.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: Accessibility is a major focus for us. As we renew the building for future generations we are looking at every possible opportunity to make the Opera House more accessible – from programming to the building itself."

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Accessible Arts Delineate Recipient Cementa 2017 

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More than 60 artists – some local and some visiting from near and far – will make, exhibit and perform work relating to the social, physical, historical or environmental context at Cementa Festival 2017. The following two projects are supported by Studio A, and by the Accessible Arts’ Delineate grant as a part of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY program. 

Skye Saxon - The Snowflake Shaman’s Winter Wonderland

Installation and performance artwork [full information online at Cementa website].

Kandos’s wild woodland proved fertile inspiration for Saxon’s active dream life. Upon discovering Kandos’s mysterious woodland tucked behind the local scout hall Saxon was entranced. A winterland tepee revealed itself to the artist, providing a map for her Cementa17 work.

Thom Roberts - Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop

Performance art and installation using various paper and posca pens [full information online at Cementa website].

As an artist with a long-term love affair with the crowns of people’s heads, Thom Roberts will express his fascination for crowns through a combination of performance art and installation at Kandos’s own Cuts Colours N Curls hairdressing salon. For those out of the loop, your crown is located on the top of your head, it is often spiral shaped and is a central point from which hair grows. For Roberts, crowns are a magical landscape in which he identifies an array of creatures.

Featured arts + disability video

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View the live stream of Meeting Place online at Youtube, by clicking this link, or the image above.

Meeting Place is Arts Access Australia’s (AAA’s) flag ship event. It provides a national platform for learning, discussion and debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers and leaders with disability and those with an interest in the sector. 

In 2017, Meeting Place was hosted in Perth, in partnership with DADAA and the Perth International Arts Festival on 2 March. You can view the live stream of the event by clicking the image above.

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