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- Unlimited Opportunities for Australian Artists
- National Youth Writers Month
- Get Down to Westside Circus' Open Day
- Darebin Council's Youth Record Label wants to Sign You!
- Men's Day Out
- The Power of Music
- e.motion21 - For Dancers with Down Syndrome
- 2012 Rob McNamara Exhibition: Call For Works!
- SUITABLE - a Creative Arts Respite Program in the Cities of Hume and Whittlesea.

Unlimited Opportunities for Australian Artists

Arts Access Australia, the British Council and Accessible Arts NSW are pleased to launch a new professional development opportunity for Australian artists and arts workers with a disability.

Unlimited UK will subsidise a group of Australians to travel to London in September to attend the ‘Festival of the World’, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This international arts and disability gathering will showcase Unlimited, the largest program of work by artists with disability ever commissioned. Whilst in London, participants will also be able to attend a range of panel discussions, meetings and workshops.

Participants will then share their experiences at the Arts Activated Conference in Sydney on the 30th and 31st October 2012.

“Unlimited UK will give local artists and arts workers the chance to learn from and interact with their peers from all over the world,” said CEO of Arts Access Australia, Kate Larsen.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity for Australian artists to experience this incredible festival,” said Director of British Council Australia, Nick Marchand. “Furthermore, we know the conversations, opportunities and collaborations, inspired by these works in September, will have a profound effect on the arts around the world for years to come,” he said.

Conveners of the Arts Activated conference, Accessible Arts NSW, will also act as Tour Manager for Unlimited UK. "This opportunity has the potential not only to heighten the work of the participants but to benefit Australian arts and disability practice as a whole," said CEO Sancha Donald.

Unlimited UK is open to Australian artists and arts workers with disability who are involved in any area of the arts. Applications close on Friday, 1 June 2012.

An application form is available on the AAA website or by contacting Emma Brown on emma@artsaccessaustralia.org or 0478 803 920 (voice / text).

National Youth Writers Month

NYWM is a month of online and offline activities held in June each year. The aim is for young writers around Australia to set and complete their individual writing goals, as well as get involved in a national community of their peers.

To kick start NYWM this year, we're seeking contributors for our first ever travelling story. We're looking for 30 young writers aged under 25 from 30 different towns around Australia to contribute 100 words each to a collaborative story, to be published in the September issue of Voiceworks.

For entry details, including submission guidelines, check out the story starter by writer, bookseller, and Express Media Award Winner Chris Currie see National Youth Writers Month.

Get Down to Westside Circus' Open Day

A Special Community Fundraising Event.

Westside Circus will open its doors on Sunday 20 May 2012 to a day of circus delights, workshops, performances, raffles, food and fun! You’re invited to become part of the festivities, bring your family, friends or just yourself and become part of the circus for a day!

The Open Day will be packed full of things to see and do. For a small fee, everyone can enjoy workshops in General Circus, Hula Hoops, Clowning, and Juggling. There will be face painting, juggle ball making and other games and activities! Watch performances by the Behind the Wall Youth Troupe and our Westside Circus performers.

This fundraising event will also offer a fantastic array of raffle and silent auction items, so bring your wallet and help us raise money to support the Westside programs and make a difference to the many communities we serve, including youth at risk, indigenous young people, refugees and newly arrived young people.

Westside Circus is a not for profit, community social circus, dedicated to developing circus and performance skills of children and young adults.

When: Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm
Where: Westside Circus, Warehouse 2, 29 Cameron St, Brunswick

Cost: Entry is a gold cold donation, workshops $5 per child and other activities by donation

Further Information:

Darebin Council's Youth Record Label wants to Sign You!

Darebin City Council’s Decibels Records program is looking for two upcoming local bands or solo artists aged 12 – 25 to work with throughout 2012.

The Decibels Records program is a youth-led initiative for young people interested in pursuing a career within the music industry. The six-month program provides opportunities for participants to gain first hand experience in the various elements of establishing, maintaining and being signed to an independent record label.

As a signed Decibels Records artist, young people will get to work with the Decibels Records label committee to produce, record, release and promote their own CD. During the program they will also be mentored and exposed to networking opportunities with key industry figures. The 2012 program will conclude in September with a special artist showcase event held at the Northcote Town Hall as a part of the Darebin Music Feast.

Highlights of the 2012 Decibels Records program include:
- 16 hours studio time at Decibels Youth Music Centre, Reservoir
- A pre-production session of your songs with music industry professionals
- One individualised legal advise session
- Access to professional music career planning sessions
- Final CD packaging and artwork design
- CD manufacturing and distribution
- CD launch event as a part of the 2012 Darebin Music Feast
Applications for the 2012 Decibels Records program close on Thursday, 24 May 2012.

Decibel Records 2012 Application Form
Decibel Records 2012 Registration Form

Futher Information:
Kate Duncan
Youth Music Development Officer
Phone: 8470 8001
Website: www.youth.darebin.vic.gov.au

Men's Day Out

When: Thursday 24 May, 10am-2pm
Where: Reservoir Neighbourhood House, 2B Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir

The day will include:
Golf-driving range, Ten pin bowling, Cooking Class, Mini golf, Card and Board games and a free BBQ lunch!
Pitstop health checks and health information will be available

Want to attend?
Register for one of the activities by Monday, 21 May 2012.

Registration and Information:
Phone: 9462 4611
Email: programs@reservoirnh.org.au or drop by Reservoir Neighbourhood House
* Transport will be provided.

The Power of Music

Diversity and Disability is setting up in partnership with Scope Victoria and Able Australia a new support group for people to experience and enjoy music. Come along to learn and play musical instruments or simply follow the music with your body and dance. Feel the music and be empowered by building more confidence in yourself. Feel free to explore and move any way you want not only with your body but also with your mind and imagination. Great opportunity for relaxation, participation, interaction with others, development of new skills and getting rid of any frustration and anger you may have. At the end of all the sessions participants can choose if they wish to be part of a music performance with community involvement.

When: Wednesday 23 May (every fortnight for 15 sessions), 10.30am-11.30am
Where: Scope Victoria - 432 Main Road West, St Albans
(Not far from St Albans railway station)
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Monday 21 May - phone: 9367 6044, email: christian@mrcnorthwest.org.au

These sessions are specially targeted towards ethnic people with a disability but everyone is welcome.
Please let us know if you need attendant care support and/or interpreters.
Morning tea and coffee will be provided.

e.motion21 - For Dancers with Down Syndrome

e.motion21 provides dance and fitness opportunities to children and young adults with Down Syndrome

When: Wednesdays 5pm - young children aged 6-12 years, 6pm - teenagers aged 13-20 years
Where: Pascoe Vale, Uniting Church Hall, 10 Cumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale South
(near Bell st & Tullamarine Fwy)

All classes run for 50mins. Siblings are most welcome to join parents in the designated waiting areas. Class offerings will be expanded over time to meet the needs of 4-35 year olds so please email us should your child’s age group not be listed.

Phone: 9853 2121
Email: pascoevale@emotion21.org.au
Website: www.emotion21.org.au

2012 Rob McNamara Exhibition: Call For Works!

Conversations on the cusp of change.
Field invites established and emerging artists of all mediums to explore the theme 'Conversations on the cusp of change' and to submit artworks for possible inclusion in the 2012 Rob McNamara Exhibition.

Field hopes that in working to the theme, artists will embark upon a learning experience, and that the resulting exhibition is a diverse, challenging and enriching experience for its viewers.

The 2012 Rob McNamara Exhibition will run from 3 -16 August at Collingwood Gallery on Smith Street in Collingwood, Victoria.

How to Enter
Please download an Entry Form for full details:
2012 RME Entry Form (PDF)
2012 RME Entry Form (doc)
You can also visit the exhibition webpage for information, entry forms and images from past exhibitions.
Entries close at 5pm on Friday 22 June, 2012.

Further Information:
Steph Tout
Phone: 9982 0108 or 9982 0100
Email: steph.tout@field.org.au

SUITABLE - a creative arts respite program in the Cities of Hume and Whittlesea.

SUITABLE is a fully accessible workshop program led by some of Melbourne's leading professional artists who will teach skills in drumming, dancing, sculptural costume making, drawing, animation and video making.
All workshops will culminate in a live performance later in the year.

SUITABLE is for anyone in the local community, with a special emphasis on people with a disability who live at home with their families in the cities of Hume and Whittlesea. Our suggested minimum age is 15 years.

When: Saturdays 1-5pm, starting April 14, (runs for 6 week blocks)
Where: City of Hume - Meadow Heights Learning Shop 3-13 Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights
City of Whittlesea - Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre Cnr Redding Rise and Snugburgh Way, Epping North

Bookings: essential.

Phone: 9326 9970
Email: rose@wildatheart.org.au

Early booking is recommended! Enquiries welcome at any time throughout the year.
Suitable Program
Suitable Registration Form

SUITABLE is a DHS funded respite opportunity for people with a disability in the City of Hume and Whittlesea areas.
Wild@heART Community Arts works with people with a disability to tell their stories and engage with the community through high quality arts making.

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