We're Very Serious- taking artists with disability seriously

Black and white image of 6 people posed in seated and standing positions on an outdoor cement staircase.
07 Jun 2017
14:00 - 16:00
Level 6 Terrace Entrance, 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

How do theatre makers, performers, visual artists and dancers with disability get taken seriously as artists?

How does their work go beyond participatory and therapy models? What support structures are needed and how are these achieved?

What needs to change in order to develop growth within the arts and disability sector and how does this influence societal change?

Why is inclusion better?

Join three recent Winston Churchill Fellows Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (Murmuration), Gabrielle Mordy (studio A) and Alison Richardson (RUCKUS) as they speak about their important findings across Europe, the United States and United Kingdom where they each explored professional inclusive arts practice across; the development and presentation of integrated contemporary dance theatre, support structures for visual artists with disabilities in mainstream contexts and disability led theatre, inclusive mentoring and training programs.

The event will be MC’d by RUCKUS ensemble member, Tropfest Award winning actor and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities Gerard O’Dwyer. A panel discussion will be convened by CEO of Accessible Arts, Disability Champion of the Australia Council for the Arts and Deputy Chair for SAMAG, Morwenna Collett. 


Each Churchill Fellowship is required to write a report of their research trip. The speaker's reports can be found on the links below:

Gabrielle's report: To explore processes and structures operating to support artists with disabilities to participate within mainstream art networks - USA, UK

Sarah-Vyne's report: To explore choreographic processes for creating and presenting contemporary dance theatre within an integrated environment for dancers with and without disabilities - UK, USA, Spain

Alison's report: To explore disability led practices in theatre and investigate inclusive training and mentoring models - UK, Norway, Sweden


Thank you to Winston Churchill Memorial Trust & Accessible Arts and to Vivid Sydney's Access & Inclusion Partner Cushman & Wakefield.

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