DADAA announces new partnership with Telethon!


DADAA is pleased to partner with Channel 7’s Telethon for the first time, with our fresh and original new project, Experience Collider.

A dynamic arts project designed especially for teenagers with high support needs, Experience Collider offers young people exciting ways to build physical strength, communication skills, confidence and resilience, while developing new friendships and networks to help them connect.

“DADAA is delighted to be supported by Telethon in this collaborative arts project,” said DADAA’s Executive Director, David Doyle. “Teenagers with disability and high support needs can become socially isolated and lonely. This project will break down these barriers through quality arts participation and engagement at the local level.”

Blending digital media with dance, circus and theatre through a series of workshops, Experience Collider will see 13 to 18 year olds working alongside their peers and with leading artists. New ways of performing will be facilitated and participants will be encouraged to be part of a broad ensemble of young people with and without disability.

In another first for DADAA, Experience Collider will also involve researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute to further their Quality of Life research program for children with disability.

Our creative partner in this exciting project is Circus WA, further enhancing the creative hub that has formed since both organisations co-located to Fremantle’s East End.

We look forward to working with Telethon on this exciting new program and thank them for their support!

Field of the Unwanted: Rove #2


It’s now four months since we announced Field of the Unwanted. Led by Chris Williams, a group of artists – part of DADAA’s larger Green Brigade project – has transformed the neglected demolition site at 8 Queen Victoria Street in Fremantle into a beautifully unconventional garden. Field of the Unwanted uses ‘weeds’ or plants that grow where they are not wanted to question the hierarchies of value and displacement experienced by members of our own communities. The project calls attention to the unwelcome and undesirable.

Acting as custodians of the various weed plots, the artists and the surrounding community have spent countless hours – most in the heat of summer – to grow and create an emerging installation and garden, which now encompasses over 30 unique weed varieties.

Now, they’re ready to show you their amazing work!

We’re holding open garden days and a second rove evening over the few weeks, with local residents and the public invited to join the custodians as they harvest and unpack the uses (and non-uses) of the Field’s cultivated weed varieties.

Field of the Unwanted is presented by International Art Space for the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program, in partnership with DADAA and in collaboration with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

You can read our earlier blog here.

events and opening hours


Join the Green Brigade for an evening survey of Field of the Unwanted. Rove through the garden plots with our custodians as they unpack the uses and non-uses of the Field’s cultivated weed varieties. Tours begin every two minutes. Arrive anytime between 5pm and 7.30pm. Address is 8 Queen Victoria Avenue, Fremantle.


During March, the garden is open on Tuesday 9am – 12pm, Thursday 4 – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.

Announcing our 2018 Program

Bigger and better than ever before, DADAA’s 2018 program promotes artistic development and access to the arts for people with a disability or  lived experience of disability. Join us next year either as an artist or audience member in a dynamic program of workshops, mentorships, audio described shows, tactile tours – and more.

What’s new in 2018?

We have opportunities in an increasing number of artforms. Music programs have grown; our Midland hub now has an on-site kiln; we offer small-form metal sculpture for the first time; film-making is ramping up; and an individual mentorship in just about anything is possible!

We have also put into place support programs for young adults as they transition from school to sites of further learning and arts development.

We will also be bringing on board some big public programs through new partnerships that will open up leadership and professional development avenues for film-makers and artists with disability. Watch this space!

Browse the DADAA website for more information and how to enrol. Remember that we can guide you in planning your arts journey. And for NDIS funded artists, this planning can be part of your NDIS package.

You can download our workshop timetable for 2018 below and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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DADAA’s Community-Driven Garden Questions Value, Inclusion and Displacement

DADAA is delighted to be one of four artist groups participating in the second round of the Perth-based contemporary art project Know They Neighbour.

Know Thy Neighbour is a series of temporary public art projects presented by International Art Space (IAS). Launched this week, the second series sees West Australian artists invited to develop and present projects in response to their own neighbourhoods – including metropolitan sites in the north, south and east of Perth.

Know Thy Neighbour #2 explores the form, function and community of Perth’s diverse residential sprawl. Responding to their own locales in new and unexpected ways, artists will present a series of public interventions, actions and events across 2018 and into 2019 that will engage with, test and challenge our public spaces, streetscapes and infrastructure.

Developed by DADAA Creative Producer Chris Williams and a team of DADAA artists, Field of the Unwanted kicks off Know Thy Neighbour #2 and is DADAA’s inaugural project in its larger Green Brigade initiative.

Green Brigade looks to engage artists in greening up sites in Fremantle in creative ways, with Field of the Unwanted activating and transforming a razed demolition site in central Fremantle into an ordered garden of weeds. Field of the Unwanted uses weeds to question the hierarchies of value and displacement experienced by community members.

Field of the Unwanted reconsiders what we mean by ‘weeds’ and aims to nurture and grow a loved and beautiful garden of weeds in the East End of Fremantle. Drawing parallels with how we have come to classify and value people differently in society, the project will spark conversation around our social inclusivity and give those who might have been excluded or marginalised an opportunity to own a patch of public space.

“The call to know thy neighbour is both an invitation and provocation to artists and audiences,” said Katherine Wilkinson, Curator of Know Thy Neighbour #2. “All projects in this series will foster greater understanding, and challenge our familiarity with certain locations, public spaces and communities. Field of the Unwanted is an exercise in trying to care for that which we would usually cast aside, remove or persecute.”

View Field of the Unwanted photo gallery and read more about the project here.

Call to Artists and Print-Makers: Hard Pressed with Lizzy Robinson

Go Big!

Are you looking for a summer arts activity that develops your skills in an inclusive environment, in one of Fremantle’s most iconic heritage buildings? Consider Hard Pressed, DADAA’s first Act-Belong-Commit Artist In Residence program at the Old Boys’ School. Between 10 January and 4 February 2018, Lizzy will hold both a masterclass and a community ‘megaprint’ workshop. Masterclass participants will work on their own large-scale print (either individually or in a small collaborative group). Participants in the megaprint workshop will create small works that will be combined to form one … well … one mega-print!

Community print day – outdoors at the Old Boys’ School using with a steamroller – will be 31 January 2018.

You must register your interest as spaces are limited. Please visit the Artist In Residence webpage of our website for details on how to apply.

Closing date for submissions to register your interest is Tuesday 28 November 2017.

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Working with Screenwest

DADAA is excited to be part of Screenwest‘s significant diversity initiative, developed in collaboration with the screen industry and other diversity interest groups and resulting in the WA Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap, released in May this year.

Last Thursday, we were delighted to host Screenwest at our Fremantle hub to launch three initiatives, key to delivering on the Roadmap:

  • the Screenwest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan
  • the Screenwest Diversity Fund, and
  • a co-funded internship at ABC Children’s.

DADAA’s Digital Producer Simone Flavelle was also announced to be seconded part-time to Screenwest to help develop and roll out policy, protocols and the Diversity Fund.

At the launch, Screenwest Chair Janelle Marr spoke about the organisation’s commitment to facilitating change within Screenwest and with services offered and outcomes supported.

“Through the Plan, Screenwest will implement a range of processes and activities to widen the talent pool and offer fairer access to the screen industry,” she said.

“We want to inspire greater creativity and authenticity, to introduce new voices and untold stories from across the State, and to grow the audiences watching the content we support.”

Screenwest CEO Ian Booth emphasised the comprehensive nature of the strategy.

“Our aim has been to consult and collaborate widely, by involving all the screen industry players and the community in planning and implementing the Roadmap,” he said.

“I think today’s launch shows part of that broad strategic approach that will make this a sustainable and effective initiative in achieving diversity and inclusion in Western Australian film-making.”

DADAA has a vibrant digital arts program that supports young artists and film-makers with disability to develop film-making stills and share their stories through digital platforms. Executive Director David Doyle is on the Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group, which is leading and shaping the industry’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. He was part of the team that developed the WA Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap.

“With greater diversity we achieve bigger audiences, stronger community and in an environment of consolidation and shrinking budgets, there has never been a better time for entire community of WA to come together, to make the most of strategic partnerships to tell our stories,” he said.

The Guidelines for the ABC Children’s Internship will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to Screenwest’s Facebook page and/or subscribe to their newsletter.

Image Above: (L-R) Janelle Marr Screenwest Chair, David Doyle DADAA Managing Director, Julianne Goss Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Manager Productions, ABC Studios & Media Production, Georgie McClean AFTRS Head of Strategy and Governance, Rikki Lea Bestall Screenwest Head of Development & Production, Ian Booth Screenwest Chief Executive Officer

Open House: 21 September 2017

You Are Invited!

The Boards of DADAA, The Fremantle Foundation and Circus WA, along with the team from PianoEasy, are thrilled to invite you to the Community Opening Event of the Old Fremantle Boys’ School.

The event celebrates the restoration of the 163-year-old building that has undergone $2 million worth of renovations by the City of Fremantle.

The event will be officially opened by Brad Pettitt, Mayor of the City of Fremantle.

Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

Venue: 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle WA6160

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017

Parking on Adelaide and Cantonment Streets.

All welcome. The event is free.

Artist’s work takes centre stage with Black Swan Theatre Company

We are delighted that Black Swan State Theatre Company has joined Perth Festival and DADAA’s pioneering PIAF Connect initiative to break down barriers in disability arts in Australia.

Perth Festival has commissioned You Know We Belong Together, Julia Hales’ theatrical celebration of the power of love, the pursuit of dreams and living with Down syndrome which will have its world premiere with Black Swan State Theatre Company at the 2018 Festival.

You Know We Belong Together, a Black Swan, Perth Festival and DADAA co-production, will be a highlight of the closing weekend of the Festival next March. Co-created Julia and Black Swan Artistic Director Clare Watson, the work will be part of Black Swan’s 2018 season, which was announced earlier this week.

The involvement of the State’s major theatre company is a significant step in the Festival’s commitment towards greater access and expression for disability arts in partnership with DADAA.

Julia has been supported by DADAA for more than a decade as she has developed her skills in writing, dance, theatre and on-screen. Her recent research that she has compiled about finding love forms the basis of You Know We Belong Together.