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The Arts Activated Conference is next week, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October.
The Accessible Arts office will be closed from Monday 27 through to Wednesday 29 October, as all staff will be onsite for the Conference at The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney.
If you have an enquiry regarding the Conference venue, please call The Concourse on +61 2 9411 8144. If you need to contact us with a registration or program enquiry relating to the conference, please send an email to
All other enquires and emails will be responded to on Thursday 30 October, when we return to regular operational activity.
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The Twelve + 3 Exhibition showcases diverse contemporary art works by twelve individual artists and 3 supported studios based on the North and Mid North Coast of NSW.
It is a culmination of discovery, support, mentoring and promotion of artists with disability by the Accessible Arts North Coast Creating Connections project.
The exhibition was supported and co-curated by Arts Northern Rivers who assisted in providing mainstream opportunities for these artists. Twelve + 3 will be visiting Northern Rivers Community Gallery from 5 - 30 November. Download the invitation from the Accessible Arts' Creating Connections website.

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Accessible Arts will be hosting a Creative Programs Network (CPN) meeting on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at the Bankstown Arts Centre.
The CPN facilitates and supports involvement in development, implementation and evaluation of creative arts programs throughout Sydney.
For more information about how to attend please visit the CPN page on this website.

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What's On

Performances : Sydney : May to December 2014 : audio described, captioned and Auslan interpreted STC performances

Performances : Surry Hills : Various dates in 2014 : Belvoir Street Theatre has released details of its audio-described (AD) and captioned (CAP) performances for the 2014 season.

Event : Tuggerah : Monthly in 2014 : Popular new release children's movies will be shown in a friendly environment catering for children with special needs at Event Cinemas

Festival : New Zealand : 22 - 24 Oct 2014 : Interact 2014 is New Zealand's most significant annual disability arts festival showcasing and celebrating Disability Arts. 

Festival : Stanwell Tops NSW : 21 -24 October 2014 : For people with a disability to find their voice through the creative outlets of music, dance, art and performance.

Performance : Penrith : Saturday 3 May and 18 October 2014 : Audio Described performances of Bell Shakespeare's Henry V.

Exhibition: 17 - 22 September : Gallery Lane Cove : Artworks include ceramics, paintings, handmade paper art and installations

Workshops : Bankstown Arts Centre : 13, 14, 21 and 22 September : Contemporary Dance.

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Georgia Cranko, Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, Amanda Yeo, and Audio Visual Creative, Andy Ko present 'NoRMAL' as part of the Arts Activated Conference, Chatswood Concourse, 29th October at 11am. [Above photo by Belinda Mason].
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It's all coming together for 'Dideristory', opening Friday 14 November.
Digital media skills training funded by an Amplify your art grant has enabled Charlie McMahon to consolidate and present to the public a new multimedia show covering his career of 59 years playing didjeridu.
Most of Charlie's time playing 'didj' was when Aboriginal culture was of little interest beyond some Indigenous practitioners. 
Don't miss this unique event on 14 November, 6pm-9pm at Tortuga Studios, St Peters, Sydney. Like his page on Facebook to stay up to date.
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The Unheard Mind Exhibition is showcasing Poetical Photography by Richard Bell – Media and Arts Mental Health Advocate.
Richard writes auto-biographical, contemporary, free-verse poetry on his lived experience of having a mental illness. He writes so that other people who have similar experiences can relate to his poetry.
Richard created his series of poetical photographs in 2013. Using original photos he put his own poetry on top of images.
Where: Robertson Community Technology Centre, Robertson NSW, 2577.

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Sector News

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For the Deaf and hard of hearing community, you can now access the Disability Inclusion Act in Auslan. The Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 was passed by the NSW Parliament on 14 August 2014 and is now the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (the Act).

The Act aims to better recognise the human rights of people with disability and to help people move to the new funding arrangements under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Before the Act can commence, the Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014 needs to be finalised to ensure the Act operates effectively.

The draft Regulation has now been issued for public consultation. It is planned that the new Act and Regulation will start on 3 December 2014, International Day of People with Disability.

Paraquad NSW LogoThe ParaQuad NSW Scholarships assist in funding courses through registered training organisations eg TAFE, universities and colleges, as well as providing  assistance to young adults in their pursuit of sporting goals leading to a career.
The scholarships are aimed at easing the financial burden of obtaining the necessary education and skill to secure future employment.
For more details on the ParaQuad NSW Scholarships visit the ParaQuad NSW website.

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National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is happening this year from 18-24 October 2014, under the theme, “Strengthening Human Diversity”. 

It is a week long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community. Registration for events closes 26 September. Go to the Deaf Australia NWDP website to find out more.

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The increased interest in outsider art will be discussed next month in Melbourne at the 'Contemporary Outsider Art: The Global Context' Conference. The Conference proposes an inter-disciplinary exploration of the field, drawing on the experience and knowledge of Australian and international artists, collectors, curators and scholars. Visit the website to view the program.


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