Be a part of our new vision

 

The past 18 months has brought us many challenges as a community and sector. The Arts was the first to be hit with long term uncertainty when everything came to a halt and we are still rebuilding.

While we have learnt to adapt and continue to be creative we need to look to the future and understand what is the best way forward for the d/Deaf and Disability, and Contemporary Arts Sector.

COVID-19 has shown for the creative industries to survive we need new approaches as the world we show our work in is evolving each day. We at Access2Arts are focussed on creating an organisation strategy that will help the sector grow and develop in this world.

To meet the needs of artists, arts workers, arts companies, the sector and people with a disability we are undertaking a new Strategic Plan that will articulate our role in the South Australian Arts sector.

We want you to be a part of that plan. Access2Arts wants to hear from you – our stakeholders, audiences and community. Our aim is to understand your needs so we can create a strategy that matches them.

Our first step is to survey your needs and you can participate in multiple ways. This is our first step in a wide consultation process. Our 10 minute survey will ask about  your experiences  – both positive and negative – with the arts, accessibility and inclusion. We will also ask what you believe the main issues facing the sector are and even our performance in representing you.

We want to know what you believe Access2Arts core focus should be and what types of services you want from us. What do we do well and what can we improve on?

This consultation period will run until 30th September and our very first question in the survey will give you the options of how you can be involved.

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!

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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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