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New book shines light on disability theatre

22 January 2019
Dr Tony McCaffreyFifteen years of work in disability performance has culminated in the publication of a new book for Ara Institute theatre tutor Dr Tony McCaffrey of Christchurch. McCaffrey established A Different Light, an ensemble of performers with intellectual disabilities, in 2004, and has since contributed to an international network challenging assumptions about theatre, disability and what it means to be an inclusive society. Read more 

WIDance looks towards 2019

14 December 2018
Judith JonesInclusive circus, and performances for Matariki and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities are just three of the projects on the Wellington Integrated Dance 2019 calendar. It’s also been invited to develop an installation at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, to run alongside an award exhibition in early 2020, and will be working on this project in 2019. Read more 

Community and volunteers benefit prisoners

13 December 2018
Prisoner wins creative writing prizeCriminology and law students at Otago University are among more than 40 community volunteers supporting prisoners at Otago Corrections Facility. The university students have been volunteering their skills for several years, visiting the prison once a week for 16 weeks over two semesters. This year, 30 criminology students have visited the prison where they’ve run a book club, a creative writing course, art classes and volleyball. Read more 

Highlights of Arts in Corrections role

13 December 2018
Jacqui MoyesAn exhibition of prisoner art in Parliament, meeting like-minded people at a conference in Brisbane, touring New Zealand with the founder of the Shakespeare Behind Bars programme and facilitating a year-long drama project at Arohata Prison are among the highlights of Jacqui Moyes’ time as Arts in Corrections Advisor at Arts Access Aotearoa. Read more

Deaf actor wins Attitude Artistic Achievement Award 2018

29 November 2018
Shaun FaheyThe late Shaun Fahey, a Deaf actor and leader in inclusive theatre, received the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award 2018 at last night’s Attitude Awards in Auckland. Shaun, who passed away in August this year, performed with Equal Voices Arts in Hamilton. Through his performances, he showcased New Zealand Sign Language and enabled Deaf audience members to enjoy theatre in their own language. Read more 

Audio described show at BATS Theatre

23 November 2018
Actual Fact characters“Using audio description is a beautiful meeting point between enhancing the show’s accessibility for blind and low vision people, and exploring its key themes of communication,” says Isobel MacKinnon, co-director of Actual Fact, on at BATS Theatre in Wellington until Saturday 1 December. The touch tour and audio described performance is on Wednesday 28 November. Read more




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MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY REPORT: This link includes a useful video summarising the ten recommendations in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, and an editorial reflecting on the report and future action.

Music at MIX
CREATIVE SPACES’ RESEARCH: “As in any field – whether it’s education, criminal justice, technology, gender equality, sports, the arts – we need research to convince others and strengthen the case for more support.” Read Richard Benge’s blog

Vincents Art Workshop
Creative spaces provide support and opportunities to make art for people, often with limited opportunities to do so. Read about the history of these spaces, which date back to 1985 when Vincents Art Workshop was founded in downtown Wellington.  

wheelchair user and companion
CALL FOR COMPANION CARD SCHEME: "Every country should have a companion card system," says an Australian visitor whose son is disabled. Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa, joins the discussion on NewstalkZB

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS: "One little word when it comes to the arts is so valuable and important to me - access." Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the opening address at Creative New Zealand’s conference, Nui Te Korero, in May 2018. Watch the video 

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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