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Tickets for Arts Activated 2016 – Pathways to Practice have been announced! With over 80 dynamic proposals submitted for consideration in the conference program, Arts Activated 2016 will present the best in arts and disability presentations and innovation from around the world.

Buy your Early Bird tickets online via Eventbrite.

The theme of this year’s Arts Activated 2016 conference is organisational and artist pathways. The experience is about best practice.

How do we nurture a disability-led approach? How do we create and support programs and initiatives that allow all artists and creatives to flourish? How do we cultivate skills and use new technologies to create new work? 

Join us at Carriageworks in Sydney for an energising two days of creative ideas, examples and networking.

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Alison Winchester was an Accessible Arts 2015 Small Grant Recipient. Alison’s project includes a concentrated period of artistic training, professional development and mentoring to fully explore the possibilities of her art at the Hazlehurst Regional Art Gallery. The project will be a legacy for future participants with an acquired brain injury. 

20/04/2016 - 2016 Grants Program
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The Accessible Arts Grants Program consists of Quick Response Grants up to $5000 and Small Grants from $5000-20000.

Grants are for projects that improve access for current and future Scheme participants, other people with brain and/or spinal cord injuries and people with disability more generally.

The funding program will support arts and cultural projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation. They can include projects that support online resources, venue accessibility, adaptation of equipment for specific use in creative expression and other initiatives supporting the creation of artwork.

More information on how to apply here on the Grants Section on this website.

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The NSW Government this month unveiled its 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Program. Artists and arts and cultural organisations across NSW are invited to apply for a wide array of funding opportunities under the 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Development Program [ACDP]. Accessible Arts is impressed to see that arts and disability is a priority under the ACDP program. Download the PDF version of the program here.

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Whether you are new to dance and theatre or a professional artist, our weekly workshops are a great way to explore arts practice.

Led by industry professionals, you will develop skills in devised dance and theatre methods, activate new forms of artistic expression. The weekly workshops are open to the community to explore improvised movement, develop dance skills, activate individual creativity and learn theatre exercises. 

Who:  Age 13+ to Adults | Beginners to Advanced

When:  Tuesday nights | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre

Series One: 3 May – 21 June, 8 Workshops. Book online here.

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If you missed the alert, Arts Access Australia is requesting you to SAVE THE DATE for its upcoming national sector event, Meeting Place. The event will be held on Friday 27 May 2016, in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Please direct your Meeting Place enquiries to Arts Access Australia.

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Unlimited, in partnership with the British Council, is offering a placement for a disabled person who is based outside of the UK and who is working or beginning to work as an arts producer, arts curator or arts administrator.

Unlimited is a programme which supports high quality, extraordinary art by disabled artists, delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, based in the United Kingdom.

The placement is for 10 weeks, approximately 6 weeks of which will be spent in the UK, including September 2016 at the Unlimited Festivals at Southbank Centre, London and Tramway, Glasgow.

This is a paid opportunity, with travel expenses, living expenses and costs for access covered.

Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in written and spoken English. Unlimited will support applicants with any access needs, please ask us any questions.

Deadline for applications is Monday 23rd May 2016 deadline 12 noon GMT.

Interviews will take place via Skype on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th June 2016.

Download the information pack here.

Download an application form here.

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Accessible Arts would like to acknowledge the life of Sydney artist John Demos and his recent passing.

A prolific worker, Demos chose surfaces such as paper, ceramics, wood and found materials, mapping these spaces with patterns, shapes and text.

His recurring motifs (such as shields and badges) and repetitive use of words create a strong rhythmic composition in his graphic works.

John exhibited extensively over several decades, with exhibitions held at The Cross Art Projects, Macquarie University Art Gallery, SCA Gallery University of Sydney, and Big Fag Press.

More about John and his work can be viewed online at this website.

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Sector News

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Following on from the success of a similar forum in Port Stephens in April, Octapod is presenting a free forum on 9 May that will bring together the arts and disability communities of Maitland to discuss access and inclusion in the arts within the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The day aims to inspire individuals with and without disability and organisations from the arts and disability communities to support inclusive and accessible arts in Maitland.

This is an Auslan interpreted event.

When: Monday 9 May 2016.

Time: 10am-1pm (including light lunch). Registration from 9.30am.

Where: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High St Maitland.

Book online here


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‘My Art, My Way’ Forum: Practice, Promotion and Self-advocacy

This free one-day professional development forum for artists with disability, arts workers and representatives from relevant sector agencies presents an opportunity for artists and arts workers to meet other practicing artists with disability, learn how to promote your work, and share ideas about how to develop as an artist.

It aims to explore, discuss and develop recommendations to assist artists with disability to create networks and lead their own art making careers.

When: Tues 24th May 2016 – 9am to 4.30pm

Where: Hazelhurst Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

Access available as required and bookings essential. 

For more information and registration, please visit the Roomies website.

NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, MLC, on 1 March unveiled the Sydney Opera House’s new three-year Access Strategic Plan and 2016 program of accessible performances.

Accessibility has been a key focus at the Opera House in the past decade, with significant progress achieved through successive strategic plans. The 2016-18 plan is particularly timely, coinciding with both the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal and a period of government policy reform designed to give people with disability greater choice, independence and agency in pursuing access and inclusion.

The Sydney Opera House Access Strategic Plan 2016-18 is available online. You can also find full details of the 2016 Access Program on the website.

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