TAP [Tactile Art Project] | Vision Awareness Training

As part of TAP [Tactile Art Project] exhibition at Midland Junction Arts Centre, join the DADAA’s Access All Arts team and consultants for a training session to upskill in vision impairment access and awareness.

The training session includes a demonstration of a Tactile Tour led within the current exhibition TAP (Tactile Art Project).

FREE | bookings essential

Book Here

Fri 18 Jun | 10am – 12.30pm | Suitable for 18+ yrs
Midland Junction Arts Centre | 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland WA

image: Greg Harler, untitled (detail), 2021, textiles, 223 x 50cm

TAP [Tactile Art Project] | Tactile tours

Join DADAA’s Access All Arts team for a tactile tour of Midland Junction Arts Centre’s current exhibitions TAP (Tactile Art Project), Blue Beautiful and CRITICAL TIME. Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying visual arts through informed discussion, description and touch.

If a support worker is joining you please book an additional ticket. 

Sat 19 Jun | 11:30am – 1pm (for people who are blind or vision impaired only)
Fri 25 Jun  | 11:30am – 12.30pm (for people with disability)
Sat 26 Jun | 11:30am – 1pm (for people who are blind or vision impaired only)

Suitable for all ages | FREE | bookings essential

Book Here

Midland Junction Arts Centre | 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland WA

image:  Oliver Max Taylor, Hideaway (detail), 2020, glazed ceramic and LED lights, 110 x 90 cm. Courtesy the artist.

The Bowling Alley | Opening Event

The Bowling Alley brings together three early career artists, Charlie Paganin, Trinity Williams and Declan White in a exhibition and showcase of new directions and practices from DADAA’s next gen of artists.

Moving worlds, unique figuration, intensive patterning and brilliant colour set these artists apart. At times abstract and deeply personal, this collection of works offers a momentary glimpse into the dynamic, confident and energetic practices of artists working from DADAA’s studios.

RSVP Essential | Register here

Heritage Perth Weekend 2021/ Boorloo Kwedjang Bardip Yanginy

As part of the Heritage Perth Weekend 2021, DADAA’s Access All Arts Program is providing Tactile Tours and Audio Description services for several events.

April 16 | 5pm – 6.30pm

Dirty Deeds Resurrected 

Presented by the City of Perth and Genrefonix

Hosted by Perth historical heavyweights, Moondyne Joe & Governor John Hampton, arch enemies back in Perth’s early days of the 1860’s. Somewhat of an ‘odd couple’, the pair will use quirky anecdotes, tales of mischief, song and crowd participation on the ‘Dirty Deeds’ Theatre Tour, to activate the veritable ‘beating heart’ of Perth, WA, that is Cathedral Square.

On this tour, you will discover; who the Governor was that took extreme pleasure in the pain of wayward early settlers, how was it that the housewives of Perth in the 1920’s were almost overcome by the scourge that the new wave of cinema presented and what was the cause of the riots outside the State Building? All this and more will be revealed in a unique, highly entertaining, theatrical tour of Cathedral Square like no other!

Suitable for ages 16+
When: Tactile Tour 5pm | Audio Description 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Venue: Starts at the Perth Town Hall (undercroft)
Bookings are essential | Contact jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or 0400111018

April 17 | 11am – 1pm

Tactile Tour of Perth’s Number One Fire Station

Wander through Perth’s Number One Fire Station and learn about 120 years of history with displays honouring the stories of Perth’s firefighting past. View the many types of appliances ranging from hand-drawn hose reels and pumps to horse-drawn steamers. DADAA’s guide will take you on a tour where you will learn aspects of the lives of firefighters through the decades. Don a firefighter’s uniform and climb into an actual working fire engine.

Suitable for all ages
When: Tactile Tours 11am – pm
VenueDFES Education and Heritage Centre, Perth’s Number One Fire Station, 25 Murray St, Perth WA 6000
Bookings are essential | Contact jacqueline@dadaa.org.au or 0400111018

Sculpture by the Sea 2021 | Access and Inclusion Program

Sculpture by the Sea returns to Cottesloe from March 5 –  22 and, once again, DADAA’s Access All Arts program is coordinating tactile tours, aged care and community inclusion tours and Auslan interpretation for select events.

Bookings essential | jacqueline@dadaa.org.au


Experience and enjoy some of the ‘safe to touch’ sculptures through interactive and informative tours with trained guides.

Weekday Tours
Monday 8 – Friday 19 March | 10.15am & 11.30am

Evening tours
Thursdays 11 & 18 March | 6pm 

Weekend tours
Saturday 13 March | 10.15am & 11.30am

All Access & Inclusion Tours last approximately one hour.


Media Launch
Friday 5 March | 11am

Tactile Tour
Wednesday 17 March | 10.15am

Exhibition closing ceremony and announcement of the EY Peoples’ Choice and  Kids’ Choice awards
Sunday 21 March | 2pm 


This program will specifically look to address the negative effects of COVID on aged care residents.

In partnership with Lotterywest, DADAA and aged care providers, a structured program of assisted community access will be delivered for up to 500 aged care residents including transport to the exhibition and a guided tour tailored to participants abilities. Later in the year, a sculpture workshop will be provided to the participants at their aged care providers’ residence.

Morning Tours
Monday 8 March – Saturday 13 March and Monday 15 March – Friday 19 March | 10am and 11.15am

Twilight Tours
6pm Thursdays 11 & 18 March

All Access & Inclusion Tours last approximately one hour.

Bookings essential | jacqueline@dadaa.org.au

For more information visit sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/access-and-inclusion-program/

photo: Jess Wyld, 2018

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