Fair Isle | Artist Workshop with Darcy Palladino

Join Darcy Palladino in a workshop interweaving traditional crafting techniques of textile dyeing and quilting with natural materials and local flora gathered from the Perth region.

Darcy Palladino is a local emerging artist, focusing primarily on natural dyeing, patchwork, and quilting. With over a decade of traditional quilting experience, Palladino has spent the last year investigating local flora as a source of textile dye. Through this form of making, she is implored to build on the knowledge possessed by her wider community. Primarily self-taught, Palladino’s practice focusses on knowledge sharing and creating communities of slow-crafters.  

This workshop is presented by DADAA in association with the Fair Isle exhibition. 

FREE | Registration essential | BOOK TICKETS HERE

All equipment and materials provided.

Image: Courtesy Darcy Palladino. 

Fair Isle | Frames of Reference

Frames of Reference is a project about how creative work grows from initial ideas and personal practices, into collectives, groups, and projects larger than were originally imagined.

As a part of the Fair Isle exhibition at DADAA, Semaphore editors Kelly Fliedner and Melissa McGrath will conduct a range of interviews and conversations regarding processes for supporting arts practice in Western Australia. They will record these exchanges and publish the reflections to share the process of ‘thinking through making’ and document local histories and knowledge.

Semaphore is an emerging arts publishing project in the process of reflection and planning for the future. This project focuses on the role that writing plays in the presentation and consideration of artworks and art practices from Western Australia.

This time is intended for any members of the community who would like to come and contribute to the Frames of Reference conversation.

Register your interest via the Facebook event. 

Fair Isle is presented by Perth Festival and DADAA.

Image: Semaphore, Frames of Reference, 2021. Courtesy Kelly Fliedner and Melissa McGrath.

Fair Isle | Tactile & Audio-Described Tours

Fri 26 Mar, 11am (Tactile focussed)

Experience the Fair Isle exhibition at the DADAA Gallery through touch, sound and conversation in an intimate Tactile & Audio-Described Tour led by an experienced DADAA guide and curator Katherine Wilkinson.

FREE | This is a free event made available to people with disability, who are blind or vision impaired, their friends, families and care networks. These tours are intimate experiences and numbers are limited per tour. Bookings essential.

For information and bookings | contact Jacqueline Homer on 0400 111 018 or jacqueline@dadaa.org.au  

Image: Artworks by Clare Peake, Intermediate Pots, 2015 – ongoing, ceramics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Pixel Poetry. 

The Other Film Festival WA

Presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA and Arts Access Victoria

The Other Film Festival WA puts people with disability at the centre of storytelling and filmmaking. Join a celebration of disability-led arts practice through a week of artist spotlights and film screenings at DADAA.

 
An Arts Access Victoria initiative, The Other Film Festival started in 2004 and is a ground-breaking, international, disability-led program that elevates Deaf people and people with disability’s voices, stories and skills within the Australian screen industry.

This year’s The Other Film Festival WA is DADAA’s second expanded version of the project, encompassing a program of film screenings and free artist spotlights driven by leading creatives with disability. This program represents the innovation and critical engagement with disability-politics that our creative sector needs at both a national and international level.

Film Screenings | 20 & 21 February

The weekend of film screenings leads by example: highlighting the voices, stories and skills of Deaf artists and artists with disability. DADAA Fremantle’s Cinema will host six screenings of Australian and International short films programmed into three distinct sessions across each day.

Session 1 | Sat 20 Feb, 4pm
                  | Sun 21 Feb, 1.30pm

Session 2 | Sat 20 Feb, 1.30pm followed by Q&A with Tony Sarre & Lincoln MacKinnon
                  | Sun 21 Feb, 4pm followed by Q&A with Mat Fraser

Session 3 | Sat 20 Feb, 6.30pm
                  | Sun 21 Feb, 6.30pm

For details of each session and to buy tickets visit the Perth Festival event page.

Artist Spotlights | 16 – 18 February

A series of six online Artist Spotlights will highlight the practice and unique working process of key artists in the arts and Deaf and Disabled space(s). Responding to three central themes: Authenticity & Disability Leadership, Audience Engagement, and Disability-led Creative Process; the artist spotlights present an opportunity for artists to present their work and discuss their practices as they exist beyond merely advocacy for access and inclusion: as tangible, culturally rich, and legitimate forms. 

The spotlights are presented online via Zoom. Tickets are FREE, bookings are essential via the links in each spotlight below. 

The artists

Sarah Houbolt | As a choreographer and circus performer, Sarah Houbolt toys with ideas of the carnivalesque to explore historical implications of ‘the freak’ and its place within disability politics and as a means for agitating ableist conventions.

Tues 16 Feb | 12 – 1pm  Tickets

Caroline Bowditch | Performance artist, choreographer, and CEO for Arts Access Victoria, Caroline Bowditch shares her experiences around driving advocacy forward with creative force and stirring tension from within a system as an agent for change.

Tues 16 Feb | 4 – 5pm  Tickets

Gaelle Mellis | An award-winning designer, access consultant, and collaborator, Gaelle Mellis chronicles her career  and her commitment to championing for a more inclusive cultural landscape.  diversity is more than a social justice issue – disability is diversity, and it is urgent for Deaf people and people with disability to be the producers of their own image and the storytellers of their own lives.

Wed 17 Feb | 12 – 1pm  Tickets

Jenny Sealey | Jenny has been Graeae Theatre’s Artistic Director since 1997 and as a leader in the arts first and foremost, she will share her observations of identifying with the disability arts movement, and its incessancy to position Deaf people and individuals with disability as advocates for equality, inclusion and cultural democracy. 

Wed 17 Feb | 4 – 5pm  Tickets

Matt Shilcock | Motivated by his fascination with alchemy, esotericism, and holistic and alternative healing, South Australian based contemporary dance artist Matt Shilcock will present his research towards the development of his own movement language Alchemia Exteriores, informed by the application of choreographic scoring systems. 

Thurs 18 Feb | 12 – 1pm  Tickets

Anna Seymour | Join Anna Seymour as she shares the evolution of her choreographic practice, her approach to collaborative development, and her current role as a company dancer with Candoco Dance Company in London for their 2020/2022 season.

Thurs 18 Feb | 4 – 5pm  Tickets 
 

Logo block: Perth Festival, DADAA, Arts Access Victoria, Healthway, Screen Australia, Australia Council for the Arts

Birak Concert

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures, the annual Birak Concert boasts a stellar line up of Aboriginal entertainment. Grab a feed from the food trucks on site and settle in to enjoy the show. There will be amusement rides and workshops for the kids, a selection of community stalls to meander through, basketball activities and an Elders Tent. 

Audio Description and Auslan are available and the event will also be broadcast live by Noongar Radio.

Free but bookings essential | contact jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or 0400111018

For more information visit www.visitperth.com/en/events/birak-concert

Australia Day Festival | Shining the Light: The Story of Us

Yarning Together 
A captivating water projection showcase that shines the light on the story of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people starting with the dreamtime moment of creation. Elders share their stories of courage and resilience during the time of colonisation, and then shine the light towards a brighter more inclusive future.

 
Immersive Experiences
A wonderful immersive exhibition of light installations, accompanied by live performance and art, telling our diverse Australian stories. 

The event has an accessible viewing area, with Auslan and audio description available.

For more information visit www.visitperth.com/events/shining-the-light-the-story-of-us

Bookings essential | contact jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or 0400111018

Fair Isle | Workshop, I imagine the world in stitches

Artist workshop with Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim

Practices of knitting, weaving and sewing have long intertwined the creation of functional objects with gathering and making together. The relevance of these processes endures, through a new generation of makers who continue to come together, using these practices as forms of political commentary and protest, and as a way to renew social and cultural traditions.

Continuing in the maternal hand-craft practices and techniques gifted to them, artists Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim use the attentive and slow motions of knitting and weaving to reflect, record and to create steadiness in times of uncertainty. Join the artists in a morning of knitting, weaving and sound, as they talk about their making processes and the significance of place within their work.

This workshop is presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA as a part of the Fair Isle exhibition.

Emma Buswell is an artist, curator and designer fascinated with systems of government, economies and culture particularly in relation to constructs of place, identity and community. Her current work takes its inspiration from the maternal hand craft and knitting techniques passed down from her grandmother and mother as well as a contemplative investigation into the nature of kitsch, ephemera and national identities. Emma has previously run a variety of artist-run spaces across Perth and Fremantle and has exhibited and curated exhibitions across Australia.

Mei Swan Lim is a practicing sound and visual artist whose work centres on the environmental, emotional and spiritual importance of place, interdisciplinary investigation and cultural storytelling. Her works have appeared at Proximity Festival, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Festival and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

$10 | BOOK TICKETS HERE

All equipment, materials and light refreshments provided.

Image: Emma Buswell, In July we Resisted, 2020, knitted jumper. Courtesy the artist.

Fair Isle | Tactile & Audio-Described Tours

*NEW DATES ANNOUNCED*

Fri 19 Feb 10.30am and 11.30am (Tactile focussed)

Sat 20 Feb 11am and 12.00pm (Audio-Description & Tactile-focussed)

Experience the Fair Isle exhibition at the DADAA Gallery through touch, sound and conversation in an intimate Tactile & Audio-Described Tour led by an experienced DADAA guide and curator Katherine Wilkinson.

FREE | This is a free event made available to people with disability, who are blind or vision impaired, their friends, families and care networks. These tours are intimate experiences and numbers are limited per tour. Bookings essential.

For information and bookings | contact Jacqueline Homer on 0400 111 018 or jacqueline@dadaa.org.au  

Image: Artworks by Clare Peake, Intermediate Pots, 2015 – ongoing, ceramics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Pixel Poetry. 

Fair Isle | Artist Talks *postponed*

In response to the Western Australian Government’s COVID-19 announcement on January 31 and the five day lockdown, this event has been postponed. We look forward to advising you of the new date as soon as possible.

Fair Isle honours the quiet activism of a group of West Australian artists whose practices offer space to reflect, resist, and to share their knowledge and relationships to craft, culture and place. Reflecting on a year when attention has been re-focussed on creativity at home, join the Fair Isle artists and curator in a conversation on their making processes, the practices they have revived and the communities they celebrate.

Artists: Emma Buswell, Mei Swan Lim, Angelina Karadada Boona, Joanne Hayward, Bo Wong and Rose Megirian (Wong + Megirian), Melissa McGrath and Kelly Fliedner (Semaphore).

This event will be Auslan Interpreted. 

Presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA. 

FREE | Registration essential via Eventbrite here.

Image: Wong + Megirian x Liam Kennedy, 2020