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DADAA and Arts Access Australia: Call for Multi-media Work

Meeting Place is Arts Access Australia’s (AAA’s) flag ship event. It provides a national platform for learning, discussion and debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers and leaders with disability and those with an interest in the sector. In 2017, AAA is delighted to be hosting the event in Perth, in partnership with DADAA and the Perth International Arts Festival on 2 March. To find out more or to book, visit www.artsaccessaustralia.org.

 As part of Meeting Place 2017, DADAA and Arts Access Australia are keen to showcase high quality multi-media work by artists with disability. All art-forms will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is 27 January 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

 Before submitting your work, please make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • Can be submitted by E-mail (we cannot accept submissions via post)
  • Has audio description and captioning or if not, you will need to provide a transcript of any dialogue and a written description of your work.
  • Is in a high-quality format suitable for public showing.
  • Is your own work, or if you are representing a group, you have permission to submit the work on their behalf.

 If you can meet these requirements, please send your submission, which should include a short biography and artist statement, to simone@dadaa.org.au. Please include your name and telephone number so we can contact you to discuss if needed. You will be notified as to whether your submission will be included.

Call for Expressions of Interest from people with disability

Position: Chief Executive Officer

 

Closing Date: Monday, 16 January, 2016

 

As part of its commitment to succession planning, the Arts Access Australia, (AAA),  board is seeking expressions of interest from people with disability interested in being considered as potential candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer, (CEO). This position is likely to become available within the next twelve months.

 

About AAA:

AAA is Australia’s national peak body for arts and disability. We work to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences. Our members include the state arts and disability organisations as well as individuals and organisations with an interest in the arts and disability sector. The organisation receives four-year funding from the Australia council for the Arts from 2017-2020 and recently secured a grant of $100,000 to undertake an artistic exchange program with Berlin.

 

About the Role:

The CEO leads a small team working across a range of locations. The role of the CEO is to manage all aspects of AAA’s day-to-day operations. The CEO reports directly to the board. The position is part-time at 30  hours per week. AAA offers a  competitive salary package, including superannuation and salary packaging. Access to mentoring and professional development is also provided.

Applicants will need to be experienced managers with demonstrated skills in disability advocacy. The ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders including members, arts and cultural organisations and funders will be essential. The applicant will need to be able to work independently and manage staff remotely. A knowledge of the arts and cultural sector would also be an advantage.

In keeping with AAA’s strong commitment to disability leadership in the arts and cultural sector, only people with disability are invited to submit an expression of interest at this time. AAA offers flexible working arrangements and is committed to working with staff to ensure access requirements are met.

A copy of the full position description is available by contacting Emma Bennison on 0419 201 338 or by E-mail to emma@artsaccessaustralia.org.

 

How to Express Interest:

Expressions of interest should include:

  • A 1 page cover letter
  • A short CV
  • Details of two referees.

Your covering letter should address:

  • Details of your management experience including your ability to manage staff working remotely
  • An overview of your advocacy skills
  • Outline your experience in working with a range of stakeholders

For further information, please contact Emma Bennison on 0419 201 338 or emma@artsaccessaustralia.org.

Please E-mail your expression of interest to: emma@artsaccessaustralia.org in Word format by 5:00PM on Monday, 16 January. All applicants will be contacted in February. The board may request further information and a conversation with applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills to undertake the role.

Meeting Place 2017

Meeting Place 2017 will be co-hosted by PIAF & AAA with DADAAWA on March 2, 2017. We are dedicated to broadening understanding & improving skills & access in the field of disability & the arts. The event supports cultural exchange between outstanding national & international artists with disability & the WA arts & disability community. Meeting Place provides a platform for learning, discussion & debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers & leaders with disability & those with an interest in the sector.

On Thursday 2 March 2017 at The Univerity Club of Western Australia - please note start times are yet to be confirmed. 

To book your place please visit either  https://www.trybooking.com/OGIV   or   https://www.trybooking.com/250349

 

Time Event
9-9:30 Registrations and coffee
9:30am Welcome to Country
9:40am Event Welcome and  Opening
9.50am AAA operational update
10:10

Multimedia artist presentation

Authentic Casting launch

10:40am Break
11am

Keynote Presentation
Jenny Sealey

Topic TBC

11:50am Formal Pathways for Artists
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm NDIS session
2:30pm OzCo Catalyst Program
3:10pm Afternoon Tea Break
3:30pm AAA new CEO introduction
4pm Festival Accessibility (concurrent session)
4pm Disability-only session (concurrent session) – Jenny Sealey
5pm Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DADAA and Arts Access Australia: Call for Multi-media Work

Meeting Place is Arts Access Australia’s (AAA’s) flag ship event. It provides a national platform for learning, discussion and debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers and leaders with disability and those with an interest in the sector. In 2017, AAA is delighted to be hosting the event in Perth, in partnership with DADAA and the Perth International Arts Festival on 2 March. To find out more or to book, visit www.artsaccessaustralia.org.

 As part of Meeting Place 2017, DADAA and Arts Access Australia are keen to showcase high quality multi-media work by artists with disability. All art-forms will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is 27 January 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

 Before submitting your work, please make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • Can be submitted by E-mail (we cannot accept submissions via post)
  • Has audio description and captioning or if not, you will need to provide a transcript of any dialogue and a written description of your work.
  • Is in a high-quality format suitable for public showing.
  • Is your own work, or if you are representing a group, you have permission to submit the work on their behalf.

 If you can meet these requirements, please send your submission, which should include a short biography and artist statement, to simone@dadaa.org.au. Please include your name and telephone number so we can contact you to discuss if needed. You will be notified as to whether your submission will be included.

Catalyst Funding For AAA

Extract from Media Release from Senator Mitch Fifield - 3 December 2016

The Turnbull Government has announced more than $100,000 for arts and disability peak body, Arts Access Australia, through the Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.  ­­

The Government is committed to improving access to the arts for all Australians. This funding will support a collaboration between Arts Access Australia and the German non-governmental organisation, Foerderband.

For the full version of the media release visit http://www.mitchfifield.com/Media/MediaReleases/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1301/Catalyst-funding-for-Arts-Access-Australia.aspx

 

MAJOR NATIONAL ARTS AND DISABILITY EVENT HEADS TO PERTH

Perth will host a major national forum on arts and disability thanks to a partnership between Arts Access Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival.

Meeting Place will be co-hosted by PIAF and AAA, the peak national body for arts and disability, on March 1 and 2 during the 2017 festival.

AAA and PIAF are dedicated to smashing barriers, broadening understanding and improving skills and access in the field of disability and the arts.

This initiative builds on PIAF’s ongoing partnership with AAA Original Member in WA, arts and disability organisation DADAA, to support cultural exchange between outstanding national and international artists with disability and the WA arts and disability community.

Meeting Place provides a platform for learning, discussion and debate on issues impacting artists, arts workers and arts leaders with disability and those with an interest in the arts and disability sector.

AAA chief executive Emma Bennison says that having PIAF as a co-host will take Meeting Place to the next level.

Award-winning Artistic Director of leading UK disability theatre company Graeae, Jenny Sealey MBE, who co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, will be among the Meeting Place delegates coming to Perth.

 “Meeting Place already has a strong national reputation for delivering innovative and thought-provoking conversations which go beyond what a traditional conference can offer,” Ms Bennison says.

“Our relationship with PIAF will enable us to bring Meeting Place to Perth. We will also benefit from the insights of internationally acclaimed artists and leaders presented in PIAF 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce award-winning Artistic Director of the UK’s leading disability theatre company, Jenny Sealey MBE.  In addition, we will showcase top Australian artists with disability as part of the event and we look forward to releasing a full program in December.”

PIAF Artistic Director Wendy Martin says the opportunity to co-host Meeting Place with AAA will further the Festival’s commitment to access and programming high-quality work by artists with disability.

 “We are delighted to be collaborating with AAA to bring this unique national conversation and showcase to Perth,” Ms Martin says.

“We see it as an important step in cementing our vision of an accessible festival, bringing quality work by artists with disability to a mainstream festival context, this builds on the important PIAF / DADAA partnership, established in the 2016  festival.

“Here it can be enjoyed by audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to such works. We look forward to this significant event being part of our Festival in 2017.”

PIAF runs from 10 February to March 5.

 

For further information please contact:

PIAF Communications Manager                               Arts Access Australia CEO

Stephen Bevis                                                           Emma Bennison

+61 8 6488 8618 / 0448 927 281                        0419 201 338

sbevis@perthfestival.com.au                                     emma@artsaccessaustralia.org

         

Perth International Arts Festival

Founded in 1953 by The University of Western Australia, the Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running international arts festival in Australia and Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Festival has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in its international program, the presentation of new works and the highest quality artistic experiences for its audience. For 64 years the Festival has welcomed to Perth some of the world’s greatest living artists and now connects with over 700,000 people each year.

 

Wendy Martin is the Artistic Director 2016–19.

 

MEDIA RELEASE - PIAF_17_Meeting_Place_MR_NOV_2016.docx1.69 MB

                           PIAF_17_Meeting_Place_MR_NOV_2016.pdf233.03 KB

 

Media Release - Equity or at least Equality for Artists with Disability

10 May 2016

 

For Immediate Release    

 

Equity or at least Equality for Artists with Disability

 

Arts Access Australia, the national body for arts and disability, is calling for certainty and equality for artists with disability as the election campaign kicks off. Following recent funding announcements and the release of the Federal budget last week, Arts Access Australia is calling for policies which support the equity, development and employment of artists with disability.

Arts Access Australia CEO, Emma Bennison, said that whilst the arts emerged from the budget relatively unscathed in comparison to recent years, there are some broader implications for artists with disability which need to be monitored.

“The introduction of a new NDIS Savings Fund is welcomed by Arts Access Australia to provide certainty for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. However, the intention to review the Disability Support Pension for 90,000 people over three years is concerning to us. In particular, the appearance that those most at risk of becoming ineligible for welfare payments will be the target of this review. We know that artists with disability are vulnerable when it comes to the Disability Support Pension, given the nature of employment in the arts and cultural sector is sporadic and unpredictable. We will monitor the implementation of this policy and advocate for the rights of artists with disability to receive adequate income support whilst maintaining their artistic careers.”

“We also welcome the new $96.1 million program “Try, Test and Learn” announced to support innovative approaches to finding work for young people. Whilst we strongly support any initiative to increase employment opportunities, we are hopeful that the arts and cultural sector will be recognised by the Government as an industry which has plenty to offer to the innovation agenda. We also remain hopeful that this initiative will be accompanied by a jobs plan which supports meaningful employment of people with disability.”

Bennison says the story in relation to Federal funding for arts and disability is mixed this week with funding rounds for the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst fund and Australia Council project funding being announced. “Having done everything we can to ensure disability-led projects and those which build the capacity of the arts and disability sector could be competitive for funding, we are disappointed to note that with half of the Catalyst funding allocation having been committed, just over six per cent of Catalyst funded projects are to provide improved participation to artists with disability or access to the arts by people with disability. This figure is disappointing considering that just over 20% of our population are people with disability. Whilst we sincerely congratulate those organisations who have been funded and look forward to working with them in our capacity as the national peak body for arts and disability, it appears that none of the funded programs have an aim to build the national capacity of the arts and disability sector as a whole, something we all know is desperately needed. Finally, we are worried and somewhat confused that over a quarter of this six per cent funding allocation flowed to organisations with little or no history of working in the arts and disability sector. We look forward to seeing these issues addressed in future funding rounds.”

The Australia Council has maintained its commitment to national, dedicated funding for artists with disability this week, announcing the second allocation of $330,000 in funding to 16 projects for individuals and groups. Arts Access Australia congratulates the Australia Council for this ongoing commitment to disability-led projects. We look forward to it continuing, given the quality of outcomes and ongoing need which has been so clearly demonstrated through these funding rounds.

ENDS

Media Contact: Emma Bennison

Ph: 0419 201 338

E-mail: emma@artsaccessaustralia.org

 

To download this media release click here.

AGM Invitation and Call for Nominations

Arts Access Australia will be holding it’s AGM in Adelaide this year on Thursday 26th May. Please find following the links for the notification of the AGM, together with the Board nomination form and also the proxy nomination form.

Meeting Place is also being held in Adelaide on Friday 27th May 2016. There are only few places still available so to reserve your place please email Louise at info@artsaccessaustralia.org .

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