Maximising Your Audience: Making Your Work Accessible to Everyone: SAMAG's 29 May Seminar
Date: Monday 29 May 2017
Where: Australia Council for the Arts
Admission: Free for SAMAG Members
Non-Members: $20, Student: $10 via Eventbrite
We’re all looking for ways to increase our reach and audiences that engage with our work. 1 in 5 Australians experience disability, with many people experiencing barriers to accessing or participating in artistic work. By removing those barriers and providing access to their work, artists and arts organisations have an opportunity to increase their reach, impact, audience size and revenue.
Run in partnership with Accessible Arts, this presentation will showcase organisations large and small who have pursued new audiences by continuing to make their work as open and accessible to everyone to engage with as possible.
Panellists will share the ways in which they’ve made their programs accessible, and what the outcomes, and also the challenges, have been along the way. They’ll share their tips and tricks that other artists and arts organisations can use to be more relevant to everyone in society and tap into new markets.
Gill Nicol: Director, Audience Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Angie Goto: Australian Artist and Artist Educator for Access Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
Vanessa Lloyd: General Manager, Performance Space
Danielle Micich: Artistic Director, Force Majeure
Skye McLennan: Ticketing Manager, Sydney Film Festival
Anna Reece: Head of Programming at Perth International Arts Festival
Morwenna Collett: Facilitator: CEO, Accessible Arts
This seminar will be Auslan interpreted and audio described.
SAMAG is committed to providing access for all to attend our seminars. Please contact us and we will endeavour to assist in meeting your access needs.
This event will be live streamed. Please see our Facebook page for details.
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The audio description for this event has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Angie Goto and Stefan Kater started working at the MCA in December 2016, in the new role of Artist Educators for Access Programs. Angie is an artist who was born deaf. She has mastered the art of lip-reading and speech and communicates at all levels now. Having Cochlear, all sounds of this world slowly emerged in her life. Angie and Stefan have been developing the MCA Auslan tours and work across access programs for all ages.
Gill Nicol, Director, Audience Engagement, MCA Australia
Moving from Wales to join the MCA in July 2015, Gill Nicol originally trained as an artist and has over twenty-five years’ experience in the arts, working with contemporary art and audiences. Her role oversees Learning (including Schools and Teacher Engagement, Kids and Families, Public Programs and Access); Marketing and Communications; and Visitor Experience – everything to do with audiences.
Her previous experience includes working for numerous organisations across the UK including engage (national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Tate Liverpool, Bath Spa University, Spike Print Studio and Arnolfini in Bristol.
Danielle Micich is a highly-awarded choreographer, director and performer of Dance Theatre, making new work for festivals, theatre productions, opera, film, site-specific and community. Graduating from Victorian College of the Arts and relocating to Perth, Danielle was appointed Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company. She is currently Artistic Director of Force Majeure based at Carriageworks in Sydney. Danielle’s ambition is to contribute to making new Australian work through storytelling that can reach an audience by exploring themes and issues relevant to contemporary culture, reflecting, embracing as well as challenging community attitudes and ideals.
Vanessa Lloyd has been the General Manager of Performance Space since 2016. She has almost 10 years experience in the arts working with organisations, in government and the private arts sector; most recently at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney. Before this she worked at the Australia Council, with the then Visual Arts Board where she worked closely with Australian artists and key organisations both here and internationally.
Skye McLennan has been working bi-coastally in arts administration for over eight years. She has worked at major film festivals such as Sydney Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and most recently Sundance Film Festival. Skye also has an extensive background in film production working on feature films, music videos and commercials. Over the last several years, she has been working closely on improving customer service and accessibility at Sydney Film Festival.
Anna Reece is a producer and arts manager who predominantly works in multi-arts festivals. Her work experience is broad and diverse, spanning the national non-for-profit arts and culture sectors, with a particular focus on emerging and Indigenous artists. Anna has an extensive background in production and event management having worked with organisations including Sydney Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Film Festival, Performing Lines, Belvoir, Art Back NT, WOMADelaide & Deckchair Theatre Company. Most recently Anna was the Executive Producer of The Giants for Perth International Arts Festival (2015) and prior to that General Manager and Co-CEO of the Darwin Festival (2011 - 2014). Anna holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art - Technical Production (NIDA) and is currently Head of Programming at Perth International Arts Festival.
Morwenna Collett, Facilitator. Morwenna is an experienced leader, project manager, lecturer and consultant. She is currently on secondment as interim CEO of Accessible Arts, the peak arts and disability service organisation across NSW which provides leadership through information, advocacy and the facilitation of excellence in arts practice. Morwenna’s substantive position is as Manager, Project Controls and Risk and Disability Champion at the Australia Council for the Arts, where she developed their Disability Action Plan and designed a dedicated funding program to support artists with disability. As an independent consultant, together with Tandi Williams, she has conducted a major impact evaluation forUnlimited, a UK commissions programme for disabled artists. Morwenna is also a lecturer in the Music Faculty at the University of Sydney and sits on the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group, the City of Sydney’s Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Committee and the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Disability Advisory Committee. Morwenna has Honours and Masters degrees in Music (flute performance and research) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and was the recipient of the University Medal.