The Feast will showcase the rich and diverse talents of artists with a disability from Way Out West, an Arts Access Victoria program based in St Albans.
Traversing wry and humorous themes, this interactive theatrical performance will offer audiences a mix of mime, movement, suspense, live percussion, singing and spellbinding storytelling – an inter-cultural artistic experience to gorge yourselves on, liven your senses, and keep you all on the edge of your seat!
This performance is part of the 40th birthday celebrations for Arts Access Victoria (AAV), the first arts and disability organisation in Australia. Established in 1974, AAV has since become the state’s leading arts and disability organisation, dedicated to maximising opportunities for people with a disability to create art, experience art and work in the arts. Way Out West (WOW), our multi- artform collective, has a rich ten-year history of art making, including theatrical performances at the Disability Studies in Education Conference 2014 at the Victoria Institute, the Sunshine Festival (The Feast 2013), the Melbourne Town Hall (Fanzine 2010), and the Footscray Community Arts Centre (A Sympathetic Ear 2008). WOW has also produced a music DVD with Suzannah Espie and Finlay Francois (That’s Nice 2009), and exhibited work at Connected (2009) and at The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre (Figure 2008; Group Show/Marc Sorbello’s solo exhibition, Full Deck, 2013).
Performed by multi art form collective Way Out West
Artistic direction by Fleur Dean and Russ Pirie
Slider image The Jester Strikes by Paul Dunn
What: The Feast
When: November 28, 29, 30
Where: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street Carlton (Google map link)
Tickets: $15. Click here to book online using Trybooking. Phone bookings, call 03 9347 6142
Tickets can be booked up until 4pm on the day of the performance (2pm on Sunday), otherwise try your luck at the door.
Access: Wheelchair accessible. Please advise of specific access requirements.
Please allow plenty of time to arrive at our venues, as there is a no latecomers policy.
The Feast is proudly supported by Arts Access Victoria, Arts Victoria, Australia Council of the Arts, La Mama and Brimbank City Council.
Increasingly, across the arts, people are using digital platforms to reach new audiences and engage participants. But how well equipped are these platforms for users with disability, who are geographically remote, or unfamiliar with technology? How do we make sure that we are not creating new barriers to participation?
Join us in a free forum as we explore these issues and more with two expert panels.
Panel One: The Technology
Thursday 4 December 2014, 10am – 11.30am
Melbourne Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville (Google map link)
Moderator: Dr. Kim Vinc, Deakin University’s Motion.Lab
Panellists: Dr. Stefan Schutt, Victoria University; Jay Jay Jegathesan, University of Western Australia; Alex Varley, Media Access Australia; Suzanne Derry, Arts Law Centre of Australia
Join industry experts to explore approaches to digital accessibility, how emerging technologies can open up digital spaces for new users, the issues we might face and how we can build workforces that are equipped to produce digital spaces that generate creativity and accessibility.
Panel Two: The Artists
Thursday 4 December 12pm – 1.30pm
Melbourne Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville (Google map link)
Moderator: Mija Gwyn, Arts Access Victoria, Deaf Arts Network
Panellists: Akash Temple, Arts Access Victoria; Rhian Hinkley, Arts Access Victoria; Zoe Dawkins, StoryScape; Dr. Kim Vinc, Deakin University’s Motion.Lab; Jay Jay Jegathesan, University of Western Australia
Join artists and practitioners to explore how they use digital spaces to make exciting new work, find and engage collaborators, explore aesthetic access and build new audiences for their work.
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
To book tickets to Panel One: The Technology, click here.
To book tickets to Panel Two: The Artists, click here.
Performed in Auslan, Deaf Kitchen explores the stories that go unsaid and the ordinary and extraordinary happenings in the daily lives of the deaf community. Acclaimed actor and theatre maker Medina Sumovic (Silent Monologues) returns with an outstanding ensemble including Australian Theatre of the Deaf co-founder Nola Colefax.
All workshops will be held at Arts Access Victoria, 222 Bank Street, South Melbourne.
Bookings are required as places are limited. Bookings and enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fiona Cook on 8640 6006. Please let us know if you have any access requirements.
How to get your artwork on Redbubble
Friday 24 October 10.30am-12.30pm POSTPONED. New date TBC.
Learn from Kaz McGlynn, who has recently spent 8 weeks working with the insiders at Redbubble and hear how to get your work for sale on the site and how to help make sure your products are being seen and hopefully sold!
Photographing & Documenting your artwork
Friday 7 November 10.30am -12.30pm
Bring your artwork in and try out the new AAV camera and photographic rig. Create high resolution images of your artwork to keep copies for life or upload the images to social media, websites or anywhere you like. (Limited places available in this workshop)
RAW LAW – legal rights for artists
Saturday 8 November 10.30am-12.30pm
This session will introduce artists to an important resource, RAW LAW, which has been developed and produced by Arts Access Victoria in partnership with The Arts Law Centre of Australia. RAW LAW provides information to artists on their legal rights. Topics include Copyright, Moral rights and Contracts and Agreements.
Writing and Advocacy
Saturday 15th November 10.00am-12.30pm
Explore the way writing our own story about disability can be empowering, form networks and create big change.
Through group discussion and facilitated writing exercises start to share your activism and advocacy stories.
Web presence and Blogging
Saturday 15 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm
More information to come but including… how to list your project / event on the web for people to view as promotion or as a tool for crowd fund raising and project spring boarding plus somewhere to document and show your work without having held an event.
Remember: RSVPs are essential!
These workshops are made possible by generous grants from Arts Access Australia and Arts Victoria.
On Wednesday 12 November 2014, a one-day symposium will be held at the University of Melbourne reflecting on the extraordinary creative practices of artists working in the multi-dimensional field of arts and disability.
This year, the St Kilda Film Festival will be presenting an encore screening of the Opening Night film selection, with captions.
Arts Access Victoria’s fully accessible portable arts space, Nebula is set to join the Golden Plains Arts Trail, March 15 & 16 2014.
Winter Studios offers an exciting arts respite program this July!