Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Arts news

  • For news about arts events and opportunities (including grants) across NSW, read the Accessible Arts Newsletter online, or subscribe.
Artist Run Initiative: Opportunity for artists with disability
Arts OutWest has recently invited expressions of interest from artists with and without disability living in the Central West to join this new artist run initiative (ARI) project.

Currently, ten passionate and engaged visual artists with disability have become involved. These artists are in the process of communicating and aiming for their first Central West ARI meeting in late March. 

Visit the Arts Out West website for much more information or to join the group contact Zoe Rodwell, Life-Long Learning Development Officer on 0434 368 033 or email or

Arts Activated: call for papers
Accessible Arts (AA) is now calling for proposals for papers, presentations or workshops to present at the 2016 Arts Activated conference, ‘Pathways to Practice’, 20 and 21 September at Carriageworks, Sydney Australia.

Submissions close 5pm Tuesday 12 April 2016 ... details

Australian Chamber Orchestra's Move Program
Accessible Arts Newsletter, February 2016
The Australian Chamber Orchestra's [ACO] Education Program aims to provide students with the skills and inspiration to explore and continue their artistic journey. As part of the development and growth of the Education Program, ACO Move was created to encourage young adults with disability to learn, practice and develop movement responses to music being played live in a safe and inclusive environment.

Dean Watson, the ACO’s Customer Relations and Access Manager, says, "ACO Move is about access in its broadest sense: access to what we do, who we are, how we work, think and create; access to musicians, instruments, staff, administration and facilities. This broad conception of access helps to encourage inclusive and transparent involvement in the creative process. ACO Move is set up to engage as directly as possible with the best disability arts practice, bringing together young adults with disability and members of the ACO - both musicians and staff."

Accessible Arts Grants Program 2016
Accessible Arts is pleased to offer a second year of funding through its 2016 Small Grants Program. Supported by Lifetime Care, the program consists of two opportunities for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW.
  • The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000 – $20,000 Applications close 4 April 2016
  • The Quick Response Grant offers funding up to $5,000 for artist projects that demonstrate evidence of urgency, unforeseen or sudden opportunity ...
All details and application information is on the Accessible Arts website, here.

Nathaniel Richdec, New York Times Magazine, 16 December 2015
An Oakland nonprofit has a startling track record for helping developmentally disabled adults become prolific — and profitable — artists ...

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