PIAF continues partnership giving access to artists living with disability

Chair of Arts Access Australia Mallika Macleod and DADDA Manager with artwork by Yamatki artist Mandy White Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d464559
Left: PIAF artist-in-residence Claire Cunningham with dancer Laura Boynes. Above: Chairwoman of Arts Access
Chair of Arts Access Australia Mallika Macleod and DADDA Manager with artwork by Yamatki artist Mandy White Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d464559 Left: PIAF artist-in-residence Claire Cunningham with dancer Laura Boynes. Above: Chairwoman of Arts Access

DADAA is reuniting with the Perth International Arts Festival this year as it continues to promote local artists living with disability and mental illness.

On the back of last year’s highly popular artist-in-residence program with Scotland’s Claire Cunningham, who incorporates her crutches into her dancing, DADAA and PIAF have invited Graeae Theatre artistic director Jenny Sealey to hold a similar masterclass this year.

PIAF director Wendy Martin said artists used what they learnt from the Cunningham workshops to create new work and lasting partnerships, and similar was expected from the Sealey program.

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“Artists and arts workers from across the country attended a week- long intensive masterclass enriching their own practice, and encouraging them to form supportive networks across the country,” she said.

“Jenny will also be running a forum for the WA arts sector where she will discuss her approach to making new performance work with leading arts directors and artists from across the arts and disability industry.”

DADAA has also joined with Arts Access Australia to host the national Meeting Place gathering during PIAF, an event promoting learning, discussion and debate on the biggest issues facing artists living with a disability.

Arts Access Australia chairwoman and DADAA participation arts and health manager Mallika MacLeod said the Meeting Place event was held in a different state every year and it was an “exciting opportunity” to bring the national conversation around arts and disability to WA.

“The events will provide an opportunity for high-level discussion and conversations between established and emerging artists with lived experience of disability and mental health conditions,” she said.

Meeting Place will be at The University Club, Crawley on March 2.

Visit www.trybooking.com and search Meeting Place for tickets.