Arts and Culture
Accessible Arts is delighted to announce support from the Australia Council for our integrated dance program Catalyst Dance. Accessible Arts CEO Sancha Donald welcomes the grant of $30,000 saying "The funding of Catalyst Dance 2013 will provide an opportunity for dancers with physical disabilities in NSW to explore their abilities in a safe yet challenging environment."
Masterclasses for performers and dance practitioners with physical or sensory disabilities will take place in August and September 2013. The classes will culminate in a public performance on Sunday 15th September at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Walsh Bay. And of course, everyone is welcome.
The NSW Government’s recent decision to cut support of Fine Arts education throughout TAFE colleges will abandon many people with disability and their current access to art education statewide. The planned cuts also contradict the NSW Government’s own goals set down in the State Plan 2021.
The NSW peak body for arts and disability, Accessible Arts, condemns the move as one which risks the growth of a robust arts and cultural sector in NSW. “TAFE Fine Arts courses currently provide access to a quality arts education for people with disability to move into the creative industries”, says CEO, Sancha Donald.
The NSW Government’s abandonment of support to TAFE Fine Art courses will mean commercial fees will be charged from January 2013.
“The withdrawal of support for TAFE Fine Arts education in NSW will affect many of our stakeholders who are on limited incomes due to ongoing disability support needs,” said Ms Donald. “People with disability often experience interrupted education and face barriers to employment within the arts and cultural sectors.”
Ms Donald highlights the recent announcement is also at odds with the NSW Government’s own State Plan Goal 27 which recognises the role played by the arts in community development: ‘Enhanced participation in arts, sporting and recreation activities contributes to economic, social and cultural development across the State and delivers benefits to the community and the economy.” (NSW Government 2021 State Plan, Goal 27)
Accessible Arts calls on Premier O’Farrell and the Minister for Education, Mr Adrian Piccoli to reverse the decision given the long-term costs to a vibrant artistic community promoting the inclusion of all people with and without disability.
27th September(Thursday) 10am - 12noon. The Stuart Centre, 61 Parklea Avenue Croudace Bay 2280.
Come along for fun filled session using music and voice led by Dawn Elliott, Music Teacher & Melodic Intonation Therapist. If you are aged up to 12 years old, have a disability and you’d like to bring your family along for a morning which will help you communicate through music then RSVP now to book your places. A delicious morning tea also provided. Bring your own instruments. For more information and to book, please click here.
New grants for NSW artists with disability creating a culture of inclusion
Amplify your art is a new professional development funding program for NSW artists who experience disability. It will be delivered by Accessible Arts and grants will be awarded in early 2013. The first of its kind in NSW, this $150,000 funding program has been made available through a two-year NSW Government partnership between Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care, to promote a culture of inclusion in the arts and cultural sector for people with disability. Amplify your art grants will be awarded for amounts of between $5,000 and $10,000 to individual artists for the costs associated with developing artists’ professional practice in any art form. The focus is on career development. Costs can include training, mentoring, travel and skills development. Accessible Arts will launch the funding program on Monday 8 October 2012 and information and guidelines will be available on Accessible Arts’ website to assist with the application process. Artists with disability who are NSW residents and demonstrate a minimum two-year commitment to their arts practice will be eligible to apply.
“Amplify your art is a great opportunity for artists to strengthen their arts practice,” said Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, Arts Development Officer at Accessible Arts.
“The funding program is designed to meet the needs of individual artists with disability who desire support to realise their artistic potential through professional development. Accessible Arts is very excited about assisting both metropolitan and regional artists with disability in this way.”
More information is available on Accessible Arts' website.
arts grant applications closing soon
Accessible Arts, in partnership with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), is inviting applications for Delineate 2012 to boost and foster arts and disability practice within NSW. This year, Delineate will award six successful recipients $3500 each to support an arts project to be developed throughout the Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign. In 2012 applicants can apply from anywhere in the ADHC regions and Local Planning Areas.
Delineate seeks to enrich the creative initiatives of the Don't DISmyABILITY campaign run by ADHC to celebrate International Day of People With Disability. The program, first presented in 2002, aims to develop a deepening of engagement for project participants and a focus on sustainable outcomes. Delineate takes an approach of identifying and addressing priorities of the National Arts & Disability strategy and through past recipients' feedback and evaluation and welcomes a range of art forms including Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Literature, Hybrid/ Interdisciplinary Arts and Community Arts.
Delineate is open to
Disability services coordinating quality arts programs
Service providers working with people with disability in the arts
Individual artists with disability
The Delineate program also offers a one-day, professional development forum led by Accessible Arts at Walsh Bay.
Applications Open: Tuesday 17 July
Applications Close: Monday 27 August
Centre Stage Dance Academy of Performing Arts DanceAbility is dance for people with disability, for details please click here.
City of Sydney has now released the Action Plan for New Years Eve 2011. This includes an access map and other accessiblity information which is available at: http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/accessibility
Other features include:
City of Sydney will have an audio description of the 9PM and Midnight Fireworks broadcast on digital radio NYE2011.
City of Sydney have also implemented Auslan Interpreters at the Lord Mayor's Party and Picnic events, as well as addressing mobility access at our sites.
Cultivating arts and disability
Cultivate is a new professional development fund for Australian artists with disability. Cultivate will provide seed funding to artists who want to further develop their professional artistic practice with the aim of being better placed to pursue a professional artistic career and to compete for funding in general arts funding programs. Grants of up to $8,000 are available for the costs associated with developing your professional practice as an artist. This could include specific skills or professional development opportunities including mentoring.
For more information from Arts Access Australia, please click here.
For information about Cultivate, download the guidelines here…
To apply, download an application form here…
To apply, you must send a completed Application Form and your support material to Arts Access Australia by Monday the 12th of September 2011. Applications must be received by 10am.
Cultivate is an initiative of Arts Access Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts. It is supported by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.
Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.
Accessible Arts promotes and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in arts and cultural activities either as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists.
Shape the future with Accessible Arts
Accessible Arts is about to embark on the development of its strategic plan for 2012-2014. They have devised a short survey and invite you to participate in our planning process by completing the survey. Your answers will help shape the direction the organisation takes over the next three year period. The survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The questions have been written so that they can be answered by a variety of stakeholders eg an artist with disability, an audience member or a disability sector employee.
Accessible Arts values the contribution of all our stakeholders and remind you that this is your chance to put forward your ideas.
Accessible Arts NSW, in partnership with the Bundanon Trust, are providing an artist-in-residency opportunity for a NSW artist with disability. The residency is now in its third year and invites applications from artists practising in;
Dance Design Film Literature
Theatre Media arts Visual arts Music
The successful applicant will undertake the 4 week residency in March 2012 and receive a $3000 stipend. To apply, download an application form. Applications close on Wednesday 22 June, 2011.
2010 Dance Workshops
Access All Areas Film Festival is on again this year. For more details please click here For information on films screening as part of the Access All Areas touring Film Festival, please click on the following locations: Sydney or Parramatta.
AART.BOXX is an exhibition of national significance that provides a creative platform for emerging artists & creative thinkers with disability.
Exhibition for artists with disability escalates to next level
Art education for students with specific needs
Since 1993, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s popular Bella Program has provided free hands-on art programs to young people with specific needs. It is on from 1 September – 22 December 2009.
CityRail is hosting International Day of People with Disability at Central Station on the 1st December 2009
for details please click here for downloadable document
Clothing needs for wheelchair users with spinal injury completed
A research student from the University of Sydney is investigating the key problems that wheelchair users with spinal injury have with clothing. The results of this study will assist in development of clothing that is aesthetically suited to a seated figure and also meets the functional and medical needs of the wearer.
Calling all artists – TADNSW needs your help!
Last year TADNSW put out a call to artists to help produce a commemorative calendar to mark 35 years. The result was a colourful, diverse and eye-catching collection of artworks created by clients, volunteers and supporters of TADNSW.
Due to the success of this production, TADNSW have decided to do it again. Now the search begins for content for the 2012 Calendar. As in 2010, TADNSW again ask that you draw something, paint something, take a photo of something - or perhaps you have an even better idea.
For more information and to download the flyer and entry form, please click here.
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