ArtScreen is a prestigious program supporting artists with disability or who are d/Deaf to develop their creativity and careers through producing new video artworks which are screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in celebration of International Day of People with Disability.
Now in its fourth year, this exciting visual art project creates unique opportunities and aims to broaden engagement with, and appreciation of, the distinctive insights and skills of artists with disability. These unique and compelling works make an important contribution to the diversity of cultural expression in Sydney and previous ArtScreen work has gone on to be further developed and selected for the Cannes Short Film Festival: Independent Films.
Artists Sofya Gollan and Guy Morgan were selected for the 2023 ArtScreen program. They have been mentored by experienced video artists Dani Pearce and Dr Zanny Begg respectively.
Museum of Contemporary Art Screenings – FREE entry
30 November – 2 December
- Thursday 3pm – 5pm
- Saturday 11am – 4pm
Artist Q&A Panel: 2pm – 3pm
Featuring Sofya Gollan and Guy Morgan. MC’d by Sue Jo Wright.
- Sun 11am – 4pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Veolia Lecture Theatre (Level 2)
140 George Street, Circular Quay West, Sydney
Recommended for mature audiences.
The films will be screened on a loop and will feature Auslan interpreted, captioned and audio described versions.
The live Q&A Panel with the Artists will be live captioned and Auslan interpreted.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information about Access Support at the MCA, please click here.
About the Artists
Writer and Director Sofya Gollan is an award-winning filmmaker and a graduate from both NIDA and AFTRS. Her career spans a number of disciplines, as an actor she is best known for being on Play School for over 30 years, normalising Disability onscreen well before it was recognised as essential representation. She is also a playwright and has been a Griffin Playwrights Studio Resident. As a filmmaker, she has been nominated for 4 AFI/ACCTA Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Director) for her films which have screened extensively here and internationally. As a writer, director, and developer her work is informed by the experience of the outsider, seeking to illuminate these characters in contemporary storytelling.
ArtScreen Project: ‘THRESHOLD’
A cochlear implant is on… or off. Hearing doesn’t last. The threshold explores the echoes that play in the gap between on and off, between the state of being soundless and FULL OF SOUND.
Duration: Up to 10 minutes
Guy Morgan’s art practice is eclectic, but he is best known for his work in portraiture. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize (twice) and has also appeared in the Moran Prize and Salon des Refusés. He holds a Master of Studio Arts (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts and served on the Academic Board. Between 2017-2020 he was a Board Member of Arts Access Australia. Currently Guy teaches painting as part of the Pine Street Creative Tutor Panel for City of Sydney.
ArtScreen Project: ‘Written with a finger on a steamed-up window’
The video’s success is its ability to connect with many types of audiences in a non-threatening, human way. It provides insights into disability arts; the ongoing inequality artists (and audiences) with a disability face, and encourages greater access, inclusion, understanding and coverage of the issues in social and mainstream media.
Duration: Up to 10 minutes
Thanks to our Supporters
This program has been made possible through support from Create NSW and People with Disability Australia, as well as in-kind support from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Production support was available from Bus Stop Films and Arts and Cultural Exchange.
Image description: Words written into condensation on a window read: ‘Don’t let good thoughts evaporate’. Image credit: Guy Morgan.