The Sensational Mandurah Wearable Art Will Be Audio Described

Bold. Evocative. Experimental.

The sensational Wearable Art Mandurah encourages new ways of perceiving the world through thought-provoking works of art for the body.

For the first time, this sensational annual event offers audio description for the visually impaired, thanks to DADAA’s Access All Arts program, an initiative promoting access to live arts and cultural events for people who are blind or have low vision.

The showcase on Sunday afternoon will be audio described and combined with complimentary tactile tours, artist talks and premium seating. Concessions are available and registered companion card holders attend free.

The AD and tactile tour event starts at 1pm

You’re invited to take your seat and immerse your imagination in the delightful showcase.

Light refreshments will be served as part of the tactile tour.

Haven’t seen the show before?  Have a sneak peek at last year’s: Watch the one minute clip below of last year’s showcase.

to make a booking

Be quick as bookings are essential, with limited places available.

Contact Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on 9550 3900 and quote the code word “Audio Description Tickets”.

If you possess a Companion Card let the box office know at the time of booking your tickets.

Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email with a meeting time and place closer to the event date. All bookings must be made by at least seven days in advance.


Freight’s Long Haul

This week, DADAA’s Creative Producer Chris Williams installs the final exhibition at the Freight Gallery before DADAA relocates to its new premises at the Fremantle Old Boys’ School.

Launched in 2004, the intimate and accessible Freight Gallery has been a signature program of DADAA’s, a warm and friendly professional space for artists of all abilities. Close on 200 exhibitions have showcased the work of thousands of artists in solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery – with a good portion of its exhibited works created just down the hallway in the busy Freight Studio – has kick-started dozens of artists’ careers, generated revenue from artwork sales of up to $60,000 in some years, and brought together artists with disability and the broader community in countless evenings of celebration.

“When I arrived, what is now a light and airy exhibition space was a just a plain, pretty dark room with small tinted windows,” says Chris. “We got funding from Lotterywest and then Department of Education, Employment and Training for modest alterations in 2004 and for the first three years of the Freight Gallery and Studio program in mental health. Additional funding from DCA in 2009 meant we could install proper lighting and exhibition panels, and enlarge the windows. This really opened the space up to natural light, the river and people passing by.”

Australia Council for the Arts funding has also been vital to Freight’s long-term success, as has Healthway’s, increasingly through the Act-Belong-Commit campaign.

“I think the biggest success of the Freight Gallery is that for artists, especially artists with a lived experience of mental health or disability, this has been their space,” says Chris. “It’s easy for artists to access this as a professional exhibition opportunity. Staff are approachable and showing work is affordable – there are no big commissions charged. So it’s great for first-time exhibiting artists and there is scope for self-management and curation.

“And because we’ve been running the Freight program for 14 years, there is now an active group of experienced artists engaged in exchanges with emerging artists around professional development and career paths.

“There have been so many memorable moments – like the Western Desert basket weaving exhibition in the early days, and the Ducks fundraising night a few years later. These were incredibly successful events. On an individual scale, one that stands out for me is Nicky Vervest’s solo fibre exhibition. The medium gave the exhibition its coherence, but the range of work was so broad and so amazingly random in a creative way. I remember thinking what an achievement it was that someone’s hands had found, selected, bound and shaped every fibre in that show.”

DADAA moves to the Fremantle Old Boys’ School in mid-July. Gallery spaces there are yet to be named.

Freight’s final exhibition, the NEXUS 2017 celebration, opens on Thursday 18 May, from 4 – 5.30pm. View the ‘What’s On?’ section of the website for more details.

Join us to celebrate NEXUS 2017

DADAA invites you to this year’s NEXUS Arts Grant celebration. The event recognises 2016 grant recipients with an exhibition of their work, and announces the recipients for the 2017 round.

DATE: Thursday 18 May 2017

VENUE: Freight Gallery, 21 Beach Street, Fremantle

TIME: 4 – 5.30 pm

RSVP: (by Friday 12 May)

Exhibition runs 19 – 31 May (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm).

The NEXUS Arts Grant is a professional development initiative. It awards grants to young emerging artists to work with a mentor on an arts project of their choice.

It is supported by the Disability Services Commission.