A flamboyant response to social-distancing!

flamboyance (/flamˈbɔɪəns/) noun:

  1. the tendency to attract attention because of one’s exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.
  2. the quality of being bright, colourful, and very noticeable.
  3. a group of flamingos.

The COVID19 crisis has shaken many in our communities, particularly its Deaf and disabled members. People are feeling alone but fearful of being part of large gatherings.  In response, Access2Arts and fibre artist Richard Boyle (AKA the Gay Hooker) devised an art project that would encourage community participation while maintaining social distancing.

As a participatory-art project, Flamboyance invites participants to create crocheted Flamingos to include in a collaborative exhibition of the work as part of Adelaide’s LGBTIQ+ FEAST Festival. The project seeks to connect people and communities in creating art even while socially distanced as a result of the COVID 19 virus. Using the pattern people are shown how to crochet their own flamingo figure that they can send to Access2Arts to include in an installation that showcases the community’s Flamboyance (FYI – The collective noun to describe a gathering of flamingos is “flamboyance”). The flamingos were designed to be quick to make, easy to post and use a small amount of materials.

Working from crochet pattern created by Richard we invite people to come together and crochet their own flamingo to mail to Access2Arts. These contributions will ‘flock’ together to create an exhibition of fibre flamingos to be shown in the Adelaide City Library in November as part of the 2020 Feast Festival.

DOWNLOAD a flamingo pattern using Australian/UK  stitch terms HERE (pdf, 1MB)

DOWNLOAD a flamingo pattern using US stitch terms  HERE (pdf, 975kb)

To find out more or to register your interest in being part of the Flamboyance participatory art project, email your name, address and a contact phone number to flamboyance@access2arts.org.au, or download a pattern and get your flamboyance on. 

Flamboyance is supported by the Adelaide City Library, as part of the Feast Festival. City of Adelaide, City Library logo The Feast Festival Logo

Program Launch: Mental Health Week 2020!

Our friends at the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) have launched their program for Mental Health Week 2020! This year, Mental Health Week will be taking place from October 10 to 17 2020. 

Some of the events taking place this Mental Health week include:

Artists In Conversation: Live Interview at City Library
When:  Saturday, 26 September 2020
Access2Arts is thrilled to be partnering with MHCSA and mindshare  to host exciting creative conversations for the general public, interviewing local artists with lived experience of mental illness, and reflecting on creativity and community for wellbeing. 
Audio & Transcription Online from October

mindshare Instagram Takeovers
When: 10-17 October 2020
make sure you follow @mindshare.sa on Instagram! You’ll be able to tune into our interactive Instagram takeovers by local lived experience ambassadors and mindshare artists all Mental Health Week.

Poetry For The Terrified: Zoom Workshop
When: Saturday, 10 October 2020. From 2pm-4pm
Poetry can be a powerful form of self-expression and is a great way to support wellbeing—improving mood, strengthening cognitive health and fostering positive self-reflection. This year, mindshare is hosting an online poetry workshop led by spoken word legends Alison Paradoxx and Wallis Prophet.

Intrigued? Check out the full program on MHCSA’s website!

Missed the Thank Forum for Disabled Writers? Listen to this!

Logo for the Thank Forum for Disabled Writers

Developing a career as a writer can be hard. As part of Access2Arts’ Thank driting development project for emerging disabled writer, we hosted the ‘Thank Forum for Disabled Writers’ where four writers shared their thoughts on developing as a disabled writer.

Now, Access2Arts has turned their presentations into four podcasts so that even if you missed the Thank Forum you can tune in to get insight into how you can build your writing practise into a career.

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Professionalism for writers 

“You want to make sure you’re remembered in the right way and not in the wrong way.”

By Kate Larsen

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Kate Larsen’s Thank presentation (26MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Kate Larsen’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX) 


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Personal branding

“Personal branding is telling people what you do and why you do it. It shows people who you are!”

By Carly Findlay

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Carly Findlay’s Thank presentation (25MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Carly Findlay’s Thank presentation (23kb, DOCX) 


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Valuing you

“I earn my living from writing, don’t ask me to write or talk for free”

By Gayle Kennedy

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Gayle Kennedy’s Thank presentation (32MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Gayle Kennedy’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX)


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Writing disability 

“I’ve neither the time, energy or desire to read work that supports […] dominant views of disability…”

By Gaele Sobott

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Gaele Sobott’s Thank presentation (26MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Gaele Sobott’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX)

The Thank Forum for Disabled Writers was held on Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Adelaide City Library and was moderated by Jessica Alice, Director of Writers SA.


Thank was supported by funding received from the SA Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Thank Forum for Disabled Writers was supported by the Adelaide City Library.

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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.