Disability Arts News

20 May 2015

Beyond Access resources launch

In 2014, in partnership with University of Melbourne, and with funding from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Arts Access Victoria undertook Beyond Access, a research project exploring the strengths artists with disability can bring to the creative process.

The project has revealed an astonishing breadth and scope of work produced through inclusive arts practice in Victoria, the US and the UK and has given us a vital platform to consider, promote and extend opportunities for people with a disability to make art with the power to redefine contemporary arts in exciting and innovative ways.

The resources produced through the Beyond Access project—an international literature review and video case studies about Victorian disability arts practitioners—will be launched by the Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries and the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at Melbourne Town Hall.

The case study films are available to watch here.

You can also download the Beyond Access literature review here.

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10 May 2015

Dopa-kinesia @ No Vacancy Gallery from 15 June 2015

Dopa-kinesia, created with the assistance of support artist/curator Kim Anderson, is artist Pezaloom’s series of experimental self-portraits intended to challenge the many myths and misconceptions surrounding Parkinson’s Disease. Showing at No Vacancy Gallery from 15 June–5 July 2015.

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8 May 2015

City of Melbourne Annual arts grants program + info nights

The City of Melbourne annual arts grants program offers anyone with a great idea and an artistic outcome in the City of Melbourne the opportunity to apply for funding. Applications for the 2016 annual arts grants are open from 4 May 2015 to 15 June 2015, 5pm.

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8 May 2015

Art of the Lived Experiment and the DisArt Festival (US)

Art of the Lived Experiment, an international disability arts exhibition, is expanding both its audience and its audience’s experience with a companion app, App of the Lived Experiment.

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6 May 2015

‘What it’s like to go to gigs in a wheelchair’: a short doco from the UK

UK music fan Alex Taylor, who is a wheelchair user, teamed up with Gigwise writer Edward Keeble to produce a short documentary based on Alex’s frustrations at the lack of accessible live music venues in the UK.

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2 May 2015

ABC launches iview audio description trial

The ABC has launched an audio description trial on its online TV service, iview. The trial will last 15 months, during which 14 hours of audio described programs will be added to iview each week.

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30 April 2015

Disability arts and festivals: the question of quality

In her recent piece, Quality is crucial for disability arts: poor work fails artists and audiences, The Guardian (UK) writer Lyn Gardner explores purpose and artistic quality in the programming of UK festivals like Unlimited, the world’s largest commissioning programme for artists with disability.

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27 April 2015

Art with Heart: an auction to benefit Arts Access Victoria

Arts Access Victoria has been nominated as the beneficiary of a special one-night-only exhibition and silent auction at the ACU Gallery in Fitzroy on Friday 8 May!

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5 March 2015

Free access tours at the NGV

In March and April 2015, the National Gallery of Victoria will be offering free Auslan and audio describing tours of their general collection.

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4 March 2015

Melissa Banks awarded by Kidney Health Australia

AAV Arts Development Officer Melissa Banks was awarded a Kidney Health Australia Operation Angel Award for her amazing work with the Art in Dialysis program at Frankston Hospital.

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