Message from Chief Executive Pat Swell

Happy New Year! It’s time to plan your calendar for 2015. I’m delighted to share some highlights with you. As well as our usual program, 2015 brings momentous developments,

Date claimers:

  • Saturday 7 February 2015 2-5pm – Performing Arts Community Cafe at Access Arts, Teneriffe. You told us at our first Performing Arts Community Café in November 2013 that you wanted us to start a new program to support performing artists with disability to develop their practice, so that’s what we’ve done. It’s taken a little while to raise the funds. Our exciting new performing arts program starts after Easter, and runs from April to June 2015. See inside for details – and come along to this, our second Performing Arts Community Café, to find out more.
  • Saturday 21 February 2015 2-5pm – Wonderland Revisited. We were deeply disappointed we couldn’t hold Wonderland, our end-of-year showcase last November, because of storm damage to the venue. So we are absolutely delighted we have been able to re-schedule this for 21 February at Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point. A chance to see our members’ work and for all the Access Arts family to get together and celebrate the start of the New Year’s program.
  • Saturday 27 June 2015 – Queensland’s first Disability Arts Festival at Queensland Theatre Company, South Brisbane. Put it in your diary, make it a date!

Join us for another momentous year and be part of Access Arts!

Message from President Thomas Bradley QC

Happy New Year!  What a great program we have for 2015.  This is the perfect time to make a resolution to do something more, something new or something more challenging.

The New Year brings an exciting range of performing arts opportunities between April and June in dance, theatre and music.

A stunning line-up of artists will lead our workshop programs.  As a member, you could work with experts like Margi Brown Ash and Annie Peterson to develop your professional skills.

Or you could attend a master class with Philip Channells, Australia’s foremost authority on integrated dance and Artistic Director of Dance Integrated Australia.  We have invited Philip to come to Queensland in June and run a residency in the Moreton Bay Region and in Brisbane.

There’s lots more planned, so watch out for all these activities that start after Easter.

As a grand finale to this action-packed three months, Queensland will enjoy its very first Disability Arts Festival – on Saturday 27 June 2015 at Queensland Theatre Company.  If you want to know more, come to our Performing Arts Community Café on Saturday 7 February 2-5pm, here at Access Arts, 1F/24 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe. 

Our regular programs will continue.  We are delighted Ron Cottee will run Camera Wanderers this term. From 50 trips around Australia shooting architecture, industrial and mining, to the studio shooting beer for XXXX and cars for Mercedes, there isn’t much Ron hasn’t shot over the years. Our Camera Wanderers are in for a treat.  I encourage you to join in.

I’m so pleased that events that sadly had to be postponed due the severe hailstorm last November are now re-scheduled. Our showcase Wonderland Revisited will take place on Saturday 21 February at Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point, and our partnership with State Library of Queensland for the magnificent ALLtogether celebrations will now be on Sunday 22 March 2015. Find out more in this newsletter.

Before this we will have our AGM.  This is scheduled for Wednesday 11 March at 6pm in Access Arts’ Boardroom.  I hope to see you there.  If you can’t attend, you may be able to have your say by sending in a message or voting by a proxy.

While the year is still young, I want to mention another youngster, Bill Thomas, who has been a member of Access Arts since August 1987. Bill is turning 60, so if you see him say “Happy Birthday Bill”.

2015 will be an exciting year for Access Arts members.  Are you currently a member?  If not, join or re-join today.

Membership for 2015

It’s that time of year again! All memberships expired at the end of 2014, so do join up for 2015! At $10 for individuals, that’s a real bargain! Membership sign-up details and benefits are on our website at

Community Showcase – Wonderland Revisited

Come along to Wonderland Revisited! We are proud to confirm the rescheduling of our Community Showcase Wonderland, which was sadly cancelled due to storm damage in November of last year. Please come and join in the celebration of our members fabulous art work and performances! There will also be special performances by Songwoman Maroochy, the Access Arts Singers and Janice Preece amongst others.

When:     Saturday 21 February
Where:   Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main St, Kangaroo Point
Time:       1.45pm arrival (2.00pm start) – 5.00pm
Entry:      By donation
RSVP: or phone 07 3254 9585, local call  1300 663 651, by Tuesday 17 February

Australia Day Long Weekender Celebrations

Access Arts Singers have been invited by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to be part of the Australia Day Long Weekender Celebrations. Come along to celebrate and see the Access Arts Singers perform a mix of traditional, original and contemporary songs at South Bank!

When:       Saturday 24 January
Where:     Corner Glenelg and Stanley Street Piazza (Suncorp Piazza), South Bank
Time:        11.30am – 11.50am
Entry:       FREE

If you’d like to check out the rest of the program running Fri 23 – Mon 26 January it’s available online here:

ALLtogether 2015

When:     Sunday 22 March
Where:   State Library of Queensland
Time:      10am–4pm
Entry:     FREE
Note:      A free barbecue lunch will be available from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Come and visit us at ALLtogether at our market stall with visual arts workshops and artwork made by our members running all day. Come see our three performances at different locations, which include:

Live Art, The Human Piñata performed by Richelle Spence at 1.30pm at the Knowledge Walk

The Human Piñata is a representation of relationships, responsibilities, duties, beliefs and connectedness. Come and take part in a Live Art experience!

AJ Cabaret at 1.30pm on the main stage

AJ Cabaret has recently returned from touring Melbourne with songs from Schadenfreude which in short means the joy in the misfortune of others. Rather than the joy in others’ misfortune, AJ Cabaret explores the joy one may derive from one’s own misfortune, they will enthral you with their theatrical yet personal overtones.

Ambition Road with David Truong at 3.30pm on the main stage

The “Ambition Road” solo music project brings to life the original songs of David Truong in a keyboard driven, acoustic, reflective, folk/soft-rock style. David performs with such honesty and passion – don’t miss this special performance!

SAFE Grants 2015

In 2007 singer/song-writer Peter Vance provided funding for Access Arts to establish the SAFE grant scheme. Peter chose the name SAFE as an acronym of ‘Sacred-Angel Arts Funding Empowerment’ – Sacred Angel after Angiosarcoma, the cancer that took his beloved wife, Marilyn.

Other donors have contributed to the fund which enables Access Arts to make 6 awards of $1,000 a year. Access Arts’ SAFE grants provide fast, flexible assistance to emerging and professional artists living in Queensland who experience disability. These grants have helped talented Queensland artists to further their practice.

Professional Development

Did you know that Access Arts has a professional development program for emerging and professional artists? The program is open to artists working in any art form who live in Queensland and identify as experiencing disability.

We run mentorships as part of the professional development program, offering eight sessions with an expert in your field of practice. Additional support such as assistance identifying opportunities and grants is also available. The cost of the professional development program is $50 for the year.

For more information about SAFE grants or the Professional Development program contact Belinda Locke, Project Coordinator, on or phone on 3254 9585 (local call 1300 663 651).

Performing Arts Professional Development NEW in 2015

In 2015 Access Arts will launch a brand new program of professional development opportunities for performing artists in the areas of theatre, dance and music.

Theatre Ensemble

The theatre ensemble will meet twice a week at Queensland Theatre Company, and will create an original performance through collaboration under the guidance of facilitators Margi Brown Ash and Danielle Constance.

Starts Term 2: 20 April – 27 June (10 weeks)
Day/Time: 2 days per week, 9.30am – 12.30pm (days TBC)
Venue:  Rehearsal Room 2, Queensland Theatre Company, 78 Montague Road, South Brisbane
Cost: $100 per term, to be paid to Access Arts office or in Week 1
Facilitators: Margi Brown Ash and Daniele Constance

Entry to the theatre ensemble will be through an expression of interest, to be submitted by Monday 2 March 2015. Please call or email Belinda Locke, Project Coordinator, on (07) 3254 9585 or if you would like to know more.

Music Ensemble

Musicians Annie Peterson and Harmonie Downes will facilitate the music ensemble. This ensemble is for musicians and/or singers who are already skilled in their instrumental or vocal ability and are looking to build upon their skills by creating something new in a group environment.

Starts Term 2: 20 April – 27 June (10 weeks)
Day/Time: Mondays, time TBC
Venue:  TBC
Cost: $100 per term, to be paid to Access Arts office or in Week 1
Facilitators: Annie Peterson and Harmonie Downes

Entry to the music ensemble will be through an expression of interest, to be submitted by Monday 2 March 2015.

Please call or email Belinda Locke, Project Coordinator, on (07) 3254 9585 or if you would like to know more.


Community Arts Program 2015

We have another exciting term of workshops ahead where you can engage in various art forms in an inclusive, explorative environment. We look forward to seeing you there!


Visual Arts – Explore Art Forms

This is an expressive arts workshop where participants are given the opportunity to practice art and creativity in an individualised way. Members will be able to choose from many mediums and surfaces as they explore various art forms in a relaxed group setting.

Term 1: 4 February – 25 March (8 weeks)
Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue:  Access Arts Studio, SWARA – 101 Park Rd, Woolloongabba
Cost: $75 per term, to be paid to Access Arts office or in Week 1
Facilitator: Artist, Felicity Kelly-Cruise
Support Worker: Saskia Levy

Visual Arts – Extend your skills

This workshop is designed to offer our members an opportunity to further develop areas of creative practice that are of particular interest to them. With access to various mediums and surfaces, members will be supported to work on project style pieces throughout the term.

Term 1:  5 February – 26 March (8 weeks)
Day/Time:  Thursdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue:  Access Arts Studio, SWARA – 101 Park Rd, Woolloongabba
Cost: $75 per term, to be paid to Access Arts office or in Week 1
Facilitator: Artist, Felicity Kelly-Cruise
Support Worker: Anthea Patrick

Access Arts Singers

Access Arts Singers is a workshop facilitated by renowned artist Annie Peterson. Participants are taught vocal techniques and explore different, fun ways of creating harmony. Each term the group work on new songs to perform at Access Arts showcase events and other community concerts and festivals. No experience is needed, all are welcome!

Term 1:  5 February – 26 March (8 weeks)
Day/Time:  Thursdays, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Venue:  New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St, New Farm
Cost: $75 per term, to be paid to Access Arts office or in Week 1
Facilitator: Artist, Annie Peterson
Support Worker: Rebecca Sadhwani

Drumming Workshop

Participants will learn different skills and techniques on various drums and percussion instruments, exploring a range of rhythms and musical patterns. No experience required – all are welcome in the Drumming Circle!

Term 1:   6 February – 27 March (8 weeks)
Day/Time: Fridays, 11am – 1pm
Venue:  SWARA – 101 Park Rd, Woolloongabba
Cost – PLEASE NOTE CHANGES: $5 per week
Facilitator: Drummer and percussionist, Nicky Perry
Support Worker: Saskia Levy

For further information on the Community Arts Program, please contact Harmonie Downes, Arts Administrator, on (07) 3254 9585 or


Visual Arts Professional Development 2015

Brisbane Outsider Artists’ Studio

The Brisbane Outsider Artists’ Studio (BOA) is for artists who want to develop their visual arts skills to a professional standard. BOA provides a self-directed learning environment in which artists are supported to reach their individual artistic goals. Artists receive professional development support, access to a variety of visual arts materials and opportunities to exhibit in quality exhibitions. The BOA studio is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am – 3pm. Before attending the BOA studio in Brisbane, members are requested to make an appointment with Access Arts to present and discuss their arts practice.

BOA Term Dates 2015

Term 1: Monday 2 February – Tuesday 24 March (8 weeks)
Term 2: Monday 20 April – Tuesday 9 June (8 weeks)
Term 3: Monday 13 July – Tuesday 1 September (8 weeks)
Term 4: Monday 28 September – Tuesday 17 November (8 weeks)Day/Time: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 3pm
Venue: Access Arts Studio, SWARA, 101 Park Rd, Woolloongabba
Cost: $120 per term, to be paid to the Access Arts office
Facilitator: Rachel Gaffney-Dawson
Studio Assistant: Catriona Holland
Camera Wanderers

The Access Arts Camera Wanderers are a group of dedicated photographers that meet once a week to discuss photography, techniques and ideas. The Camera Wanderers critique and encourage each other’s developing photographic practice in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The Camera Wanderers facilitator fosters artistic development through: technical guidance, presenting the work of established photographers for inspiration, sharing exhibition opportunities, and encouraging the exploration of novel environments and subject matter.
Camera Wanderers Term Dates 2015

Term 1: Tuesday 3 February – Tuesday 24 March (8 weeks)
Term 2: Tuesday 21 April – Tuesday 9 June (8 weeks)
Term 3: Tuesday 14 July – Tuesday 1 September (8 weeks)
Term 4: Tuesday 29 September – Tuesday 17 November (8 weeks)Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Venue: Access Arts office, 1F/24 Macquarie St, Teneriffe
Cost: $75 per term, to be paid to the Access Arts office
Facilitator: Ron Cottee
Support worker: Anthea Patrick

This term Camera Wanderers will be facilitated by Ron Cottee. You can read more about Ron in the Message from President Thomas Bradley QC, and view his photographic work here: and

For more information on the Visual Arts Program contact Rachel Gaffney-Dawson on (07) 3254 9585 or

Access Arts Thanks Louis Lim

Access Arts would like to thank Louis Lim who has facilitated the Camera Wanderers group since 2012, and is now moving on to focus on a range of freelance photographic projects including Griffith University’s Live Image.

With Louis members have had the opportunity to explore a range of photographic techniques such as painting with light, capturing objects in motion, macro photography, taking portrait photos and using fish-eye and polaroid cameras.

Louis has taken the group off-site to places such as the Roma Street Gardens, Mount Glorious, South Bank, QAG/GOMA and Brisbane Powerhouse.

He has facilitated each member creating their own artist book featuring original photographs; exposed members to the work of practising professional photographers for inspiration; mentored participants through editing their images in Photoshop and preparing work for exhibitions.

Members have appreciated Louis’ patience, kindness, flexibility and ability to work with a range of participants who have varied experience, interests and goals.

Thank you for all you have contributed to Access Arts and its members Louis!