Save the date for Meeting Place 2020!

Arts Access Australia has announced that Meeting Place 2020 will be held online for the first time on 15-16 September.

The forum will encompass a mix of panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops and artistic showcases centred around the theme of ‘Creating Space’.

AAA CEO Matthew Hall said, “This year’s theme provides an opportunity to explore the idea of creating space for disability arts, leadership and access within the broader arts community, and to discuss and present ideas for how to do this.”

“The theme allows us to ask, who are we creating these spaces for and why? And as a disabled artist, how do I create space for myself – to advocate for myself – and others?”

The theme also refers to the need to create digital space for d/Deaf and disabled artists and audiences.

“Delivering Meeting Place 2020 online provides a unique opportunity to explore art and accessibility in the digital space,” said Hall.

“Isolation and being house-bound are not new experiences for many disabled artists or disabled audiences,” added Hall. “By focusing on providing digital access to the forum this year, we aim to incorporate digital access into a hybrid format of the Meeting Place program in the future. This will bring us one step closer to achieving Universal Access.”

The annual forum is hosted by Arts Access Australia (AAA), the national peak body responsible for advancing equity in the arts for d/Deaf and disabled Australians.

In previous years the forum has been held in different locations across Australia and overseas, shining a spotlight on d/Deaf and disabled artists and accessibility best-practice in the local area.

Tickets to Meeting Place 2020 will go on sale at the end of July. 

Meeting Place 2020 was planned to take place in Brisbane as part of the Undercover Artist Festival in September. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Undercover Artist Festival has rescheduled to a virtual showcase in December 2020.

Arts Access Australia appoints new CEO

Arts Access Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Hall as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Hall has a long history of engagement with the Australian arts sector. He has been Chair of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and the Queensland Conservatorium within Griffith University, and a Board member of Queerscreen. He also played a key role in setting up the Namatjira Legacy Trust, working with family and community in Alice Springs.

A lawyer by trade, Hall brings to AAA 20 years of management experience across both commercial and non-profit organisations. He also has personal experience of living with disability, ensuring AAA’s continued commitment to disability leadership.

AAA Chair Belinda Locke said she is looking forward to a transformative era for AAA under Hall’s guidance.

“Matthew comes to AAA at a pivotal point in time for the organisation, and for the arts sector as a whole,” Locke said. “While there are indeed challenges ahead, I am excited by the opportunity presented by Matthew’s appointment. The Board and I look forward to working with Matthew as he leads the transformation of the organisation into a new era of delivering equal opportunity for cultural and creative participation and contribution for all Deaf and disabled Australians.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Interim CEO Bev East, who has provided instrumental support to the organisation over the past four months,” Locke said. “The AAA Board and staff wish you the very best for the future.”

Hall holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws and a Master of Law, and has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard Business School. He now lives in rural NSW in the historic village of Burrawang, where he pursues his passion for landscape photography.

SOURCE: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/arts-access-australia-appoints-new-ceo/

The Beats Crew EP release!

Last year, Access2Arts challenged our Beats Crew to push themselves using the skills they have learnt from the Beats Workshops, funded by the City of Unley. 

What resulted was an EP of 9 tracks under the guidance of their tutors MC ME and DJ Tr!p.  

We are very excited to bring you the inaugural The Beats Crew EP!

The EP is available now to stream and purchase!

Have a listen at:

Spotify

Apple Music

YouTube

Google Play Music

iHeartRadio

Amazon Music

Deezer