arts + disabiliy expo Exhibitors

2 – The Disability Trust

The Disability Trust is committed to providing professional care and services as well as advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. It is based in regional NSW with their head office in Wollongong. The Trust provides a wide range of services to residents from the Central Coast in the north, to the Victorian border.

3 – ClubMates Travel

Clubmates Travel is the global leader in fully supported holidays and vacations for people with disability. National or international, individual or group travel, the experienced and knowledgeable people at Clubmates realise the importance of good quality care and support, to allow their members to take the holiday of their dreams.

4 – Ability Options

Ability Options provides wide-ranging services, which are individually focused to include holistic life options that promote choice and control. They offer people a person-centered solution to achieve both short and long-term goals. This enhances people’s lives and allows them to be more independent and engaged with the community.

5 & 6 – Sunnyfield Disability Services

Sunnyfield is a leading disability services provider with over 63 years of experience in supporting people with disability. Their arts program provides unparalleled access to the arts and a platform for social and community inclusion. Sunnyfield clients have access to this unique and innovative program, which explores creativity through different art mediums.

7 – Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW want to share collections, exhibitions and events and engage diverse audiences with different abilities. The range of their access programs includes: Auslan interpreters for groups, guided sensory tours and audio-described tours. Groups of visitors with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to contact the gallery to discuss their needs.

8 – Sunshine

Sunshine Art Studios supports people with disability to create and develop their artistic talents in a variety of mediums. In a supportive and fun environment, people with disability can explore the art of paper making, ceramics and sculpture as well as painting, drawing and photography under the guidance of friendly arts professionals.

9 – Macarthur Disability Services

Macarthur Disability Services (MDS) delivers person-centered experiences for people with disability, allowing them to participate in society and empower them to realise their potential. MDS currently delivers a pilot creative arts program aimed at youth and children with disability at their purpose-built creative arts and performance space in Campbelltown.

10 – Riverside Theatres’ Beyond the Square

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta is a vibrant cultural hub in Western Sydney. They produce and promote rich, diverse quality arts and culture across theatre, dance, music, film and comedy. ‘Beyond ABBA’ is Riverside’s drama and movement program designed to foster self-confidence, promote well-being and increase skills in performing and self-expression for people with disability.

11 – Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, providing over 1,600 performances each year. Their own programming ‘Sydney Opera House Presents’ offers an eclectic mix of over 700 performances a year, ranging from artistic and cultural activities through to educational and experimental programs for all ages.

12 – Sydney Community College

Sydney Community College’s ICEP provides the opportunity for adults with an intellectual disability to participate in a range of fun, creative and recreation short courses. It has proven to be a great way to make new friends and be part of the community. Courses include Film Making with Bus Stop Films, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Dance and Fitness. For more information contact the ICEP team: Ph: +61 2 8752 7571 email: icep@scc.nsw.edu.au

13 – Sunnyhaven Disability Services

Sunnyhaven Disability Services has a rich and vibrant 65 year history, providing disability services across accommodation, day programs and therapy services. Over the past two years they have had a focus on the arts as a medium to showcase the strengths and gifts of people with a disability.

14 & 15 – Cerebral Palsy Alliance

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an innovative, outcome-focused community-based centre in St Ives. They specialise in performing and visual arts as well as music, film and photography. With fantastic facilitators and a brand new site, they are promoting artist-led projects and a space to get creative.

18 – Sylvanvale

Sylvanvale supports people with a disability to live life their way.  They embrace a person-centered approach, valuing choice and the achievement of goals for individuals, their families and carers. They provide group and independent living, inclusive programs for people of all ages and employment support through social enterprise, work readiness and life skills initiatives.

19 – Museum of Contemporary Art

Connecting broad and diverse public with the work of living artists, the Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA] Australia pursues curatorial excellence and innovation in audience engagement. MCA’s vision is to take a leadership role in shaping an Australia that values contemporary art and artists.

20 – Australian National Academy of Disability Arts

The Australian National Academy of Disability Arts is a creative and performing arts academy for emerging artists with disabilities. They are mentored by leading arts practitioners and educators in a supportive environment with industry-standard facilities – the perfect next step towards professional practice in the exciting world of disability arts.

21 – Imagination Theatre (Recreation Sports & Aquatics Club)

Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club provides opportunities for participation in social club, sports and arts programs and activities to people with disability, their families as well as fun activities for all. Most occur in St George, Inner West and South West Sydney, but are open to all.

22 – Art as Therapy

Art as Therapy imparts participants with powerful visual language for their personal, unique expression. Participants are supported as individuals and assisted to meet their own goals. Rebecca Sciroli BA Visual Arts (Hons) facilitates art, to artists of all abilities, in the community, including people with disabilities.

23 – INALA

INALA supports people living with disabilities through residential, supported employment and day services. Creative and therapeutic programs are tailored to each person’s special interests, abilities and strengths. Artistic expression and creativity is supported through a variety of interactive sessions, such as drama, music, painting and mixed media, photography, pottery, felting, weaving, soap making, and cooking.

24 – Flintwood Disability Services

Flintwood Disability Services is a flexible service that enhances the opportunities of people with disabilities to have a varied and fulfilling life within the community. We help support people in skill development, training, recreation, cultural and transition-to-work. We provide the opportunity for individuals to explore their creativity through a range of mediums such as art studio work, digital design, cooking, dance and music.

25 & 26 – Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Casula Powerhouse is a multi-disciplinary arts centre, located within the City of Liverpool. It is an arts centre responsive to its local and global communities. With over 150 languages spoken in the local area, they represent culturally diverse stories that allow their audiences to reflect on the world.

27 – Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils with Murmuration Dance Theatre and Blooming Arts [Art Exhibition]

‘Blooming Arts’ celebrates 10 years of exhibiting a diverse range of fine art practice by Sydney-based artists, including the ‘Blooming Arts Mentorship Prize’. Murmuration Dance Theatre is an innovative, integrated and inclusive art practice, a first for Sydney and proudly supported by Marrickville Council.

28 – Autism Spectrum Australia

‘Club Weld’ is a melting pot of sounds, beats, music and people, created by Autism Spectrum Australia and delivered in partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange. The project brings emerging musicians with autism and other disabilities together with professional musicians to explore music making.

29 – Studio ARTES

Studio ARTES is an independent, not-for-profit organisation offering equitable access to creative programs for adults living with disability in the Sydney Region. They use creative methods to provide whole-of-life outcomes through their three departments – Art, Performing Arts, and Life Skills. Professional development is also available through their Studio ARTISTS program.

30 – Shopfront

The ‘Bodylines Dance Theatre Ensemble’ of young people, with and without disability, form part of the award-winning ‘Accessibility Program’ at Shopfront Arts Co-op, in Carlton, South Sydney.

31 – Windgap

‘Making Airwaves’ is a non-for-profit program that allows adults with an intellectual disability to create and run their own radio program on community radio station Eastside FM 89.7. The show enables participants to express their own ideas, stories, opinions and above all, have a lot of fun.

32 – Octapod

Octapod is a unique not-for-profit arts development and advocacy organisation dedicated to enabling a thriving and inclusive arts culture in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region. They work with the community to develop innovative events, initiatives and resources, which support arts and cultural participation for people with disability.

33 – Royal Rehab featuring Imagine Me

Royal Rehab is a nationally recognised disability support network including specialist rehabilitation for brain and spinal injury. Royal Rehab Lifestyle Support is developing inclusive arts projects within the community to promote creative art skills to maximise abilities and encourage development of social interaction and life skills. They engage in extensive education and research to improve the rehabilitation outcomes for their clients who have acquired a disability as the result of trauma, accident or illness.

Imagine Me is an innovative creative awareness-raising project for people who are living with a spinal cord injury. We aim to foster greater community understanding toward people living with disability.Using equipment specially adapted for people with limited mobility, participants can unleash their imagination and learn photography in the process of making a self-portrait. The workshops are free and are both empowering and enlightening to participants.