The Other Film Festival comes to Fremantle!

There is much to look forward to at DADAA!

We’re bringing the Other Film Festival to Fremantle in October and have some great exhibitions and audio described tours coming up. And thanks to over 160 donors, we’re on our way to starting Fremantle’s first inclusive cafe!

Read up on our latest NEWS and get involved!

Coming up at DADAA in June!

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Find out what DADAA has in store this month by reading our latest NEWS!

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‘A place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity.’

Help us meet our fundraising goal to create an inclusive café for Fremantle!

DADAA is moving ahead with the next phase of the redevelopment of the former Old Boys’ School in Fremantle and we can’t wait to share it with the community.

The old 1901 kitchen at the core of the Fremantle heritage building is the next area to receive an upgrade, with the creation of the new café, Humble Pantry Fremantle, named after the former school’s first head master, Mr George Humble.

DADAA’s Executive Director, David Doyle, explains: “From the very start we had a dream of turning the old kitchen and courtyard in the building into a great café that not only serves excellent coffee and healthy food, but also provides training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

We have partnered with dynamic mother-son team Clare and Kieran Cranny to open the café early next year. Café Manager Clare Cranny’s sister, Jane Ryan, is a DADAA artist and one of the potential café trainees.

“Our aim is to get the entire community behind this radical transformation of the site and, after years of seeing it sit vacant, open it to the community, with people with disability at its core,” said Mr Doyle.

DADAA is inviting individuals and businesses to get on board with this new social initiative. Local business Brayco got on board early, generously donating the commercial kitchen for the project.

“We are now seeking other local businesses, philanthropists and donors to assist us in raising the remaining $30,000 through crowdfunding,” said Mr Doyle. “This will enable the complete fit-out of Fremantle’s first truly inclusive café – a place where the entire community can recognise accessibility and celebrate diversity. It will also importantly provide training and employment for up to 5 people with disability in the first year of operation.”

Everyone is welcome to join in on this exciting community-building project with a contribution, large or small. The campaign has been launched on the leading platform for cause-driven crowdfunding, StartSomeGood.

Supporters will have their name recognised on a Giving Wall created by DADAA artists, along with a host of other benefits. We want to take the community along with us on this exciting social enterprise initiative for Fremantle.

Please join us now by making a contribution at before June 30.

For more information contact:
David Doyle, Executive Director, DADAA
Liesbeth Goedhart, Goedhart Consulting 0402 447 171

May News is Out!

It’s time to check in with all the brilliant things that are happening at DADAA!

We are thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with Channel 7’s Telethon for our project Experience Collider!

Read on to find out about the new Centre for Accessibility which is about to launch; as well as how you can take part in our exhibitions, audio described events, or workshops in May.

And we’re even off to South Africa soon!

Click here to find out more!

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.

DADAA | 2018 program

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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