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Accessible Arts | Our News

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Accessible Arts warmly invites you to attend a talk by Murmuration Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo and Artistic Associate Dan Daw at Accessible Arts on Thursday 30 July 2015.

Murmuration Dance Theatre is Sydney’s first professional integrated dance company, working alongside artists with and without disability to create new contemporary dance theatre. Accessible Arts invites artists with and without disability, arts industry professionals and organisations, and disability program service providers to attend and connect at this ‘Creative Causeway’ gathering.

‘Creative Causeway’ is an initiative of Accessible Arts that brings together key stakeholders in the arts + disability sector and community to share expertise, networks and professional arts practice.

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015 from 10am – 12:30pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room The Arts Exchange, 10 Hickson Road, The ROCKS NSW 2000

Access: Level access is available from 10 Hickson Road. If you have any access requirements please include in your RSVP

Contact:  Kristina Tito – Arts Development Manager at ktito@aarts.net.au or 02 92516499 ext.105 RSVP: Before Thursday 23 July 2015

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Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and more! Limited places and booking is essential.

Join the Deaf Arts Network School Holiday Program for 5 days of workshops for 10-13 and 14-17 year olds.

This fun-filled program will be lead by professional Deaf artists Anna Seymour, Jessica Moody, Alex Jones and Kirk O’Meara-Presley. Don't miss out! Please register your interest by 3 July 2015, 5pm AEDST.

When: Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October 2015. Time: 10am – 4pm.

Where: Shopfront, 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton, NSW. Cost: $50 per person.

Contact: Joanna Agius, Deaf Arts Officer by email at jagius@aarts.net.au or call Matthew Pethybridge, Operations Manager, if you require a hearing person to take your call +61 2 9251 6499 ext 108.

Family and friends are invited to a special showing of the program activities on 2 October at 2pm.

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As a feature of the arts + disability expo, Accessible Arts is hosting a photographic exhibition which will display up to 20 photographic artworks, submitted by individuals with disability. The photographic artworks must capture the object “stick” in a literal, conceptual or figurative form.

This is a great opportunity for individuals with a disability, including emerging and professional artists, students and members of the public, to showcase their artworks in a high profile and unique setting. 

Visit the photographic exhibition page of the expo website to view the guidelines and criteria, and submit your application

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Accessible Arts | What's On

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InterAct is a significant festival in the New Zealand calendar of Disability Arts. This annual event delivers a 3 day festival involving New Zealand and International leaders in the field of Disability Arts, providing an opportunity for diverse people to perform, connect and celebrate. The festival involves live performances, art, drama , drumming, singing, film making workshops, drop in arts activities, wearable arts parades and much, much more. In 2015 the Festival will be held between October 21st-23rd at Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, Auckland. Click through to the website to find out how to get involved.

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'Lighting of Sails’ Audio-Described Tour - FREE

Sydney Opera House is excited to invite visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to join us for a personalised audio-described tour of the Opera House’s ‘Lighting of Sails’, Vivid LIVE’s most public event.

Take a front row seat on the Western Broadwalk and listen to live visual descriptions of these images projected onto the iconic Opera House sails. Other sensory and tactile elements will be incorporated into the tour to enhance the overall experience.

Dates: Monday 25 May - Wednesday 27 May / Monday 1 June - Wednesday 3 June

Start time: 6:15pm

Meeting Point: Western Foyers Box Office

Duration: 30min

Registration is essential: Book by calling 9250 7175 or email your details to Accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com

23/04/2015 - Vivid Festival 2015

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Vivid Festival 2015

Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid 2015 will run from the 22nd of May until the 8th of June 2015. There will be a variety of audio described events throughout the Festival. Please visit the Vivid wesbite for full festival information.

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What: Inclusive Dance Theatre Workshops

When: Tuesday nights, 6:00 - 7.:30pm. First workshop is April 21 2015

Where: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre. 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW 2204

Who: All ages, all abilities. No previous dance or theatre experience required. Registration essential, head to our website to register.

Cost: Free trial available. $10 - Murmur Members (prepaid), $12 - Student/Teacher/Artist rate, $15 - Casual rate.

Contact: info@murmuration.com.au

02 95694850

Website: http://www.murmuration.com.au/workshops/

Access: Addison Road Community Centre is an accessible venue with level entrance, reserved parking and accessible bathrooms in Gumbramorra Hall. 

Access services: Auslan Interpretation is available with bookings. For any further access needs please call.

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Accessible Arts | Newsletter

June 2015:  Read the latest Accessible Arts newsletter here

Accessible Arts ABN: 48 116 402 192

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Accessible Arts | Features

Over the last five weeks artist and illustrator Eric Atkins has been working with artists Kim Staples and Max Hillier to develop characters and a storyline for his new children's book. Eric has been learning how to draw cartoon characters using the circle method and also doing some work on shading. Eric is enjoying the weekly workshops and the opportunity to work with Kim and Max. “I really want to tell some of my story through the characters and I am enjoying this project very much” . 

Eric is being mentored as part of the 'Heading Out' project which is an exciting one-year strategic partnership in regional development between Accessible Arts and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on the NSW Mid-North Coast. Eric's mentorship is part of the Libraries project which will see his book published book as a series of illustrations and text. 'Heading Out' supports the artist’s professional practice through him becoming a  published author and illustrator.

'Heading Out' will embed inclusive arts opportunities in the Council’s newly created Place Making initiative, and on an ongoing basis, develop and support professional coordination between arts and disability projects in the Mid-North Coast region.

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Accessible Arts is delighted to announce a partnership with Imogen Yang and her audio description company 'Insightful' for this years' Vivid Sydney. Along with other new access and inclusion initiatives being delivered in 2015, Vivid Sydney is extending its experience to audio description of selected light walk installations and precinct vantage points. 

The audio description work of Imogen Yang is a poetic and visceral experience that we encourage all audiences to experience and enjoy. To access the audio description service please visit the Vivid Sydney website

22/04/2015 - Cementa Festival 2015

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On the 9 – 12 April 2015 the central west town of Kandos held its second biennale Contemporary Arts Festival Cementa15. Curated by directors Ann Finegan, Alex Wisser and Christine McMillian, Cementa15 offered an extensive program with over 60 artists exhibiting works across 20 venues throughout the town.

Cementa15 included local, indigenous, regional and metropolitan artists who responded to the post-industrial town in a variety of mediums and contexts.

Click this link for full article.

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Accessible Arts | Sector News

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ACO MOVE has been designed to encourage young adults (16 to 22 years) with disability to develop movement through live music in a safe and inclusive environment.

Over five sessions [10am to 12pm] participants will have the exciting opportunity to be involved with the ACO.

All classes will be led by movement facilitator Dean Watson working in collaboration with ACO musicians, percussion, invited guests and support staff.

Saturday 20th and 27th of June; Saturday 4th and 11th of July. Presentation Wednesday 15th of July.

Visit the ACO website to apply today.

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This is your mission. The Kennedy Center asks you to bring honesty to the table. To shift perception through media, video, and creative story telling. 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 May 15, 2015. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of July 20-26, 2015.

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

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Early in March 2015 a summit was held at Project Ability’s headquarters Trongate 103, a supported studio, in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit brought together eleven support studios from around the world to participate in discussion and sharing of ideas around creative practice, in this area. Funding support through Creative Scotland enabled Project Ability to host this distinguished event.

Kris Tito, Arts Development Manager, and Gabrielle Mordy, Artistic Director of Studio Artes, attended the summit as Accessible Arts’ Supported Studio Network representatives. Gabrielle was supported to attend through her Australia Council for the Arts travel grant to research studios in the UK and USA.  The summit was a great introduction to unknown studios from across the world.

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