arts + disability expo 2015 Cultural Program
The arts + disability expo is complemented by a Cultural Program, that is a series of curated events taking place during the expo opening times. The program features music performances, dance, theatre and talks.
Friday 18 September
11:00am Welcome Address
Accessible Arts Chairperson Emeritus Professor Sharman Pretty and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Robyn Kemmis welcome the audience to the expo’s first day.
11:15am Poetry and Literature Reading
Writer Richard Bell reads a selection of his original literary works.
12:00pm National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] Updates
John Kroon presents insights on the NDIS rollout.
12:30pm Ability Links – Arts in your Community
Alison Bills from Settlement Services International, and Grace Burns from St Vincent de Paul Society, provide an overview of Ability Links Metro South, along with local stories.
1:00pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Access Program
Roy Marchant talks about the centre’s ‘Access Program’.
1:30pm Putting Sunnyhaven on the map
Multimedia performance by the Sunnyhaven Disability Services group.
2:15pm Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Bella Program
Susannah Thorne, Bella Program Coordinator, presents an overview of the MCA’s Bella Program for students with specific needs.
2:45pm Empowerment Through Creativity
Gabrielle Mordy, Artistic Director of Studio ARTES, and Studio ARTES’ artists, discuss the Studio ARTES program. The talk follows with a presentation of performance piece, ‘Will I’.
3:15pm Out of Line
Performance excerpt from ‘Out of Line’; a dance theatre piece performed by members of Shopfront Bodylines Ensemble.
Saturday 19 September
10:15am Welcome Address
Accessible Arts CEO Sancha Donald welcomes the audience to the expo’s second day.
10:20am Lantern Parade and Singing performance
Students with disability from Sydney Community College showcase their lantern.
11:30am Royal Rehab Choir
The Royal Rehab Choir perform a collection of songs.
12:00pm The Art of Ability Links
Vicki Southgate and Kat Hastenteufel from Uniting Care will give an overview of Ability Links Metro North and present stories from their community.
12:30pm Heart Break and Beauty
Screening of the film ‘Heart Break and Beauty’, produced by students from Sydney Community College in collaboration with Bus Stop Films.
This follows with a short Q&A session.
1:00pm Scene from a distance
Short performance piece by Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble.
1:30pm Café de Paris
Short theatre piece by Imagination Theatre.
1:30pm An artistic experience – Stefan Kater (Wifi Lounge)
Deaf Artist Stefan Kater, Sulman Prize Finalist 2015, talks about his experience as an artist.
2:00pm Didgeridoo Performance
Charlie McMahon performs live on stage with his didgeridoo.
Reasonable and Necessary
Reasonable and Necessary is an innovative new participatory arts project that invites Deaf and disabled people to explore what’s reasonable and necessary to achieve their dreams.
As a creative response to the NDIS, Access2Arts in partnership with Arts Access Australia are on a mission to discover what a new future looks like for Deaf and disabled people.
During during the arts + disability Expo, people are invited to imagining what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ their life transforming the wi-fi lounge into an installation of post-it notes