Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model

The national disability-led research project ‘Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model’ is coming to Adelaide.

The project team is calling for deaf performers, or other performers and artists with a disability, to join them on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019 to be part of a 2-day inclusive workshop.

The workshops are open to artists from across the performing arts, including dance, theatre, music, experimental arts, as well as people like multimedia producers, filmmakers and writers. Artists will be asked to give their consent for their participation to be documented and recorded for future research.

The project aims to:

  • have fun and share creative energies
  • raise artists’ national profiles
  • encourage artists to build collaborations and networks with each other, and the arts industries
  • open up critical recognition of our sector and
  • provide access and inclusion tips to the broader arts industries via practical tools like video, images and text.

With workshops already held in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Alice Springs, Perth and Brisbane, it is time for Adelaide performers to get involved!

The Adelaide workshops will be held on Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019, from 12 noon until 4pm each day. The venue is The Minor Works Building Adelaide, located just off of Stamford Court between Sturt Street and Wright Street in the city, within the new Ergo Apartments development.

In Adelaide, workshop leaders will include Rachel High, Gaelle Mellis and Restless Dance. The workshops incorporate theatre games, discussions, dance, improvisation and stillness, individually and in groups.

There are spaces for 15 participants for the workshops, so please contact Kath Duncan by email kathryn.duncan@unimelb.edu.au or phone 0437 579 279 to register your interest. You can also contact Kath for more information or visit https://www.artsaccess.com.au/the-last-avant-garde-research/

Participants are offered an honorarium of $150 in the form of a Load + Go card. Organisers also offer to support access costs, including interpreters, audio describers etc. on request so let organisers know your access requirements soon as you can.

From: Disability TalkDisability Engagement Group, Department of Human Services