Here is a portfolio of some of our previous projects.
‘One of the more well-known slogans of the disability rights movement is “Nothing About Us Without Us” … there are very few of ‘US’ in the Australian media, literature and writing sector.’ Gaele Sobott
Access2Arts is seeking expressions of interest from South Australian Disabled writers for our Writing Me professional development program.
Combining a mixture of online and face-to-face engagement, disabled writer, Gaele Sobott, will work with five selected writers over a six-month period from November 2017 – March 2018.
About Gaele Sobott
Applications now closed
Writing Me has been made possible through funding and the generous support of Arts South Australia.
Jo Bannon : Performance and Penetration : Residency
A two-week residency with Jo Bannon, UK.
As part of Access2Arts commitment to exploring the inter-relationships between arts practice and disability, we invited Jo Bannon, to run a two-week residency. 2 October – 13 October, 2017.
This disability-led residency will create opportunity for a dynamic exchange and the examination ideas from new perspectives.
While in South Australia, Jo was keynote speaker at the Australian Theatre Forum.
About Jo Bannon
Jo Bannon is a UK based artist who makes live art, performance and installation. She has presented work in the UK and Europe and she is an In Between Time associate artist and founder member of Residence. She also works as a dramaturg and as a producer of performance and live art.
Jo’s work is concerned with human exchange and encounter and explores how our physical bodies experience the world around us and how this sensory experience can or cannot be conveyed.
“The wonderful Bristol artist Jo Bannon”- Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Jo Bannon’s residency examined desire, identity and penetration by unpicking the ways we look, hear and sense our immediate environment in order to rethink or make unfamiliar these intrinsic human behaviours.
Our partner Arts Access Australia (AAA), assisted an additional two artists based interstate to take part in the residency.
Jo Bannon’s residency has been made possible through the generous support of Arts South Australia.
Jo Bannon Image credit: Manuel Vason and Jo Bannon
SND CLSH was all about assistive music technology and visual arts.
SND CLSH explored the fusion of contemporary art and experimental audio cultures with multi-award winning producer, composer & performer of electronic music Tyson Hopprich AKA DJ Tr!p and visual, cross- disciplinary artist Thom Buchanan.
Exploring the connections between sound, noise, image, and video. Access2Arts invited artists to get their Daft Punk on!
Curious to try something new?
Funded by the NDIS, 30 x 30 was an exciting project that aimed to provide Deaf and disabled people with the opportunity to access new events, activities or experiences. By working with the organisations that provide the activity to make them accessible.
It was free and accessible. Deaf and disabled people brought friends, lovers and family to discover arts, culture, recreation, leisure and sport and other unique experiences through the 30 X 30 experience.
32 Events, 8 Leisure events, 7 Arts events, 7 Recreational events, 4 Sports events, 6 Cultural events, 1 website developed, 30 Top Tips developed, Over 500 attendances, Ages 3 to really old, Metropolitan and Regional
Reasonable and Necessary
Reasonable and Necessary was designed as a participatory arts project to provide people with disability that are eligible for the NDIS the encouragement they need to confidently undertake NDIS planning Step 1
‘Think about your needs and goals.’
Through participating, Australians with disability contributed online, sharing what they considered‘reasonable and necessary’ in their lives. Using their stories and imaginations to see a future that does not yet exist.
The project outcome was an installation of responses printed onto post-it notes. Audiences were asked to contribute to the installation itself.
Due to the success of the project, we have kept the Reasonable and Necessary website live. All participants shared the ownership of this project.
We invite you to look online now http://reasonableandnecessary.org
‘You see things; and say, Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ George Bernard Shaw
Access2Arts partnered with the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), Unlimited (UK) and Watershed (UK), in Unfixed, a research residency investigating the determination of bodies as ‘ disabled’ or ‘ abled’.
Ten Australian and UK Deaf and disabled artists selected to participate in Unfixed.
Project partners to asked, ‘ if disabled people are able to access ways of being in the world that the ‘ able-bodied’ are not, who exactly is disabled?’
Ms Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited UK said, “it was so exciting to be working with two such pivotal organisations in Australia; they may be on the other side of the world, but we’ re each working towards the same goal”. Ms Vicki Sowry, Director of ANAT elaborated, “the intention of Unfixed is to achieve a real shift in thinking by focusing on disabled artists’ acuity for experimentation and innovation in their creativepractice.” Ms Gaelle Mellis, Creative Director of Access2Arts said the residency “is a unique program and it’ s so exciting that a non-disability-focused arts organisation such as ANAT recognises the contribution and innovation disabled artists bring to the arts.”
The selected artists represent diversity of artforms and lived experience, with half resident in Australia and the other half in the UK.
Trish Adams, who creates experiential, interactive installations in collaboration with scientists + researchers.
Sarah Houbolt, a circus and physical theatre performer who specialises in aerials, acrobatics and hula hoops.
Michele Saint-Yves, a poet and playwright who explores and evokes the lived experience of ‘ otherness’.
Daniel Savage, whose digital and installation works investigate the influence and effect of perception.
John Willanksi, a digital artist, filmmaker, puppeteer and creator of a bespoke doodle-based visual language.
Jane Gauntlett, whose interactive live-art works explore ideas of empathy, neurology and accessibility.
Catherine Long, a dancer who interrogates disability and illness discourses, and the questions these raise.
Aiden Moesby, who creates responsive artistic interventions to encourage personal + communal dialogue.
Sue Williams, an illustrator and writer especially interested in notions of perception and perspective.
Caglar Kimyoncu, a digital and video artist as well as curator and arts consultant.
The Unfixed Residency was thrilling, confronting, and ultimately a great success.
In 2016, the Australian artists traveled to the UK for the next stage of the project undertaking a residency at Watershed in Bristol UK.
Artist-in residence artist, poet and writer, Matt Blackwood introduced artists to writing responses about a specific locations and secreting these writings in the location.
The writing can be fact or fiction (Matt describes it as faction) but when discovered by members of the public it begins them thinking about the place they are in. #stickynotes
Sandy Jeffs poetry workshops
A partnership with Mindshare.
Award winning Poet Sandy Jeffs, who has lived with schizophrenia and all its moods for over thirty years delivered poetry workshops for poets with a lived experience of mental illness.
Running in parallel to the Unfixed residency, a group of Adelaide-based artists were trained and mentored to develop interviewing skills under the guidance of arts journalist, critic and researcher Jane Howard. SA artists then conducted a series of one- on-one interviews with the 10 Unfixed residency artists.
2015 Mindshare Awards
A partnership with Mindshare.
Winners were announced at the 2015 Festival of Now.
Artist-in residence artist Katie Keys (@tinylittlepoems) worked with artists to explore creative uses of twitter using140 characters or less. #Short-form Poetry #Creative Twitter #Live Tweeting #Social Media for Writers #micro blogging #micro-fiction #twitter poetry #memes
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Armature was an active arts project that deliberately blurred the boundary between ‘participatory arts practice’and ‘arts learning’.
Artists: Sophia Borick, Joanne Chua, Mandy Flynn, Michael Hammerstein, Mel Kelly, James Kurtze, Ad’m Martin, Roz Sommariva and Leon Woods
Trainers Sasha Grbich and Lara Torr Project Coordinator Kirsty Martinsen
What the artists said…
‘transformed my understanding of art’
‘The Armature project has inspired a fresh new direction on my creative journey and a much broader understanding of what it means to be an emerging artist.’
‘I found this project to be extremely valuable in preparing myself as an independent artist’
Participating in Inside Out, the People’s Art project, SA Deaf and disabled artists created ‘Artists Facing Barriers’ as part of the global art project.
The paste-up portraiture exhibition was held during South Australian Living Artists Week.
Investigating live arts practice.
Shots in the Dark
A photography workshops for blind and vision impaired artists.
Artists: Joanne Chau, James Kurtze, Kyra Kimpton, Roz Sommervira, Amanda Flynn, Franca Lombardi, Lawrence Leon Woods and Catherine McMillan.Workshop facilitators: Andrew Follows (VIC) and Sam Oster.
Workshop facilitators: Andrew Follows (VIC) and Sam Oster.
Rarely Seen is an exhibition. Blind and vision impaired photographers used macro photography to create works of urban abstraction. Subject were geographically specific with GPS coordinates. Concept Sam Oster and Gaelle Mellis
Artists: Joanne Chau, James Kurtze, Kyra Kimpton, Roz Sommervira, Mandy Flynn, Franca Lombardi, Lawrence Leon Woods and Catherine McMillan.