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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Arts news

10 new artworks set to change Sydney's cityscape
Creative Sydney, 30 January 2017
Congratulations to Emily Crockford, whose striking selected artwork can be seen in the webpage banner. Scroll down for a better look, and some information.

Art and disability: The performers demanding to be judged on merit
Clarissa Sebag-Montefior, BBC, 26 February 2017
... Today, however, disabled performers are making a stand. They are claiming the right to both control their own narratives and to put on productions judged not by the context of their own life stories but on merit.

"Our objective is to make the best art possible"
...  If every piece of work that features people with disability is patronised as being 'inspirational' and 'amazing'[even when it's not], it … perpetuates the [incorrect] assumption that arts and disability work equates only to community, amateur or therapeutic art ...
Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 February 2017
The work of Judith Scott and Dan Miller will be shown at the Venice Biennale this summer. Both artists did this work at Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio, gallery and management for artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities.

Scott, a fiber artist who died in 2005, had developmental disabilities and was institutionalized for 35 years before being released and starting a career that brought her worldwide acclaim. Miller’s work is in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. The curator who selected the two for the Venice show is Christine Macel of the Pompidou museum in Paris.
  • Entwined, Joyce Wallace Scott's new memoir about her twin sister Judith Scott was released last June.

My Feral Heart - film review
Mark Kermode, BBC Radio 5 Live, 4 November 2016
An independent young man with Down’s syndrome has his life changed when he makes a wild new friend.

To explore disability led practices in theatre and investigate inclusive training and mentoring models - UK
Alison Richardson, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 18 January 2017
This report details my Churchill Fellowships research trip exploring disability led theatre and inclusive mentoring and training programs primarily across the UK and also Sweden and Norway. I centred my trip around the biannual Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre, London where I was able to immerse myself in some the best work being produced by artists with disabilities in the UK.

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