Give more children access to the performing arts.

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Tuesday 4 Jun
2:00 PM

Running Time 2 hours

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Where are all the Australian Deaf and disabled performing artists? What do we want?

The Last Avant Garde team have been roaming Australia to find out. This disability-led research project has held inclusive workshops for 150 performers, writers and theatre-makers in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Alice Springs, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide talking to over 350 Deaf and disabled artists across Australia.

What have we discovered? What stories have been shared? What have we learnt? We invite you along to this panel conversation to find out.

Presented by Sarah Austin, Kath Duncan, Madeleine Little.
Facilitated by Genevieve Grieves.

Image Credit: Anna Cadden

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Introduction to this session


Madeleine Little
Madeleine Little is an actor and theatremaker and research assistant for the University of Melbourne/Arts Access Victoria ARC Linkage project, Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model. Her most recent show, Hold, tested accessible theatre practice in a new work. She is also an IndelabilityArts Ensemble member, most recently performing in Look Mum… No Hands! at Adelaide Fringe and on a regional QLD tour. In 2018, Madeleine became the inaugural recipient of Arts Access Victoria’s Stella Young Award. She holds a BFA (Drama) from Queensland University of Technology and is undertaking an MA (Creative Arts) through University of Southern Queensland, researching accessible theatre practice.
Kath Duncan
Kath Duncan is an artist, writer, curator, producer, performer and researcher with a national profile who has been a critical part of the Disability Arts movement in Australia for the past 25 years. Kath has a background in journalism and teaching communications and holds degrees from the University of Technology Sydney, Australian Film Television and Radio School, and Southern Cross University. She co-founded the all disabled, mostly queer cabaret troupe, Quippings, and produces and performs regularly with them and with anyone else with ground-breaking ideas and practices. Kath is an in-demand speaker and panellist, with recent appearances at the Victorian Creative State Summit at the Melbourne Museum, Sydney Festival of Ideas at the Sydney Opera House. Kath is currently Research Associate/Chairperson with the Melbourne University/Arts Access Victoria ARC Linkage research project, Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model.
Sarah Austin
Sarah Austin is an award-winning theatre maker and researcher with a particular interest in creating contemporary performance work with, by and for children. She is a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts,a Research Associate on the ARC-funded Last Avant Garde Research Project, a Board Member of Outer Urban Projects and Co-Chair of the Contemporary and Experimental Performance Panel of the Green Room Awards. Her recent projects includeLet’s Take Over at the Northcote Town Hall, Only A Year; an immersive, sensory theatre show for 0-12 month olds and their carers and she is currently working on artist Joseph O Farrell’s The Cabin, a theatre horror show written and performed by children for adult audiences which will have its premiere season in July 2019.
Genevieve Grieves
Genevieve Grieves is a Worimi woman from Southeast Australia currently based in Narrm (Melbourne). She is an award-winning artist, curator and content creator committed to sharing First Peoples histories and cultures and interrogating colonising frameworks and practices. Her recent projects include the Awaken exhibition at the University of Melbourne; Barangaroo Ngangamay, a place-based Augmented Reality app that shares and celebrates the living cultures of Sydney Aboriginal women; and, she was the Lead Curator of the internationally celebrated permanent exhibition, First Peoples, at the Melbourne Museum.

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