Applications open: DADAA Board seeks a new Treasurer

The DADAA Board seeks a new Treasurer who will add to the board’s diversity.

DADAA’s Board is strongly focused on diverse governance representation that reflects the diversity of the communities across which DADAA works. DADAA encourages applications from people with lived experience of disability, in support of the organisation’s goal for disability led governance and operations.

The  DADAA Board

DADAA Ltd is governed by a volunteer board of up to ten directors: service on the board is honorary and not remunerated.

The Board is responsible for governance of DADAA, ensuring its sustainability, compliance and strategic development. Specifically, the Board:

  • Sets strategic direction for DADAA
  • Ensures that DADAA complies with its statutory obligations
  • Ensures financial viability
  • Approves the annual budget and business plan
  • Provides oversight and guidance for DADAA operations, ensuring appropriate policies and delegation frameworks are in place to monitor, mitigate and manage risk
  • Is responsible for the appointment and performance assessment of the Executive Director

The Board currently meets eight times per year for two hours at COB. In addition, the Board oversees a number of sub-committees including FARM (Finance Risk Management and Audit), BDC (Board Diversity Committee), Marketing, and  Business Planning.

Once a year, the Board aims to meet for a day in a central location for an extended planning session.

Priority areas:

To complement the strengths and capabilities and ensure good succession planning for current Directors, the Board is giving priority to the following skills, experience and qualifications in this recruitment round towards the appointment of a Treasurer:

  • Accounting and Financial Management experience
  • Compliance
  • Strategic capability and leadership
  • Governance, legal and regulatory knowledge and experience

Application process

Nominees are asked to provide a short professional CV, and a cover letter outlining why they are interested in joining the DADAA Board and how they match the current key priorities for recruitment.

Nominations close at COB on Friday 13th November  2019.

The Board will shortlist and interview nominees.

Expectations of Directors

Board members are expected to be familiar with and meet the general requirements of a company director as set out by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC). At a minimum, Directors need to meet the requirements for a Responsible Person [ACNC Governance Standard 4] and not be disqualified as a Director under the Corporations Act, and commit to carrying out their duties in line with ACNC Governance Standard 5, which includes:

  • acting with reasonable care and diligence
  • acting honestly and fairly in the best interests of the charity and for its charitable purposes
  • not misusing their position or information gained as a responsible person
  • disclosing actual or potential conflicts of interest
  • ensuring that the financial affairs of the charity are managed responsibly, and
  • not allowing the charity to operate while it is insolvent

DADAA specific expectations of board members include:

  • be fully prepared for, attend and constructively contribute to regular Board meeting including occasional planning sessions
  • participate in sub-committees and/or working groups as required
  • take on a portfolio role as and when required
  • attend DADAA events whenever possible
  • deal with “out of session” issues, by email or teleconference
  • represent DADAA to the broader community

To express your interest in joining the DADAA Board you need to provide a CV and cover letter in PDF format by COB on Friday 13th November to: 

Harry Bray, Chair of DADAA Ltd e:

image: George Khut, body-maps from Contemplative Interactions, 2019 photo: Jessica Wyld Photography

Simone Flavelle farewelled after 25 years with DADAA

Last month, after 25 years with DADAA, and four years in her role as Digital Producer, Simone Flavelle made the decision to leave the organisation. DADAA’s Board, staff, and community of artists, would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution Simone made to growing a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable Western Australian Arts and Disability practice that is nationally recognised.

Simone was instrumental in shaping DADAA from its earliest beginnings into the organisation it is today. When Simone directed the Empty Chair Project in 1994 it was the first significant Arts and Disability project funded by the Australia Council for the Arts in Western Australia. This project was a catalyst for the establishment of DADAA, which, 25 years later, has become the largest Arts and Disability organisations in Australia.

One of her strengths was the brokering of partnerships between DADAA, arts companies and disability sector organisations. In 2018-19 Simone was Associate Producer for the Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth Festival, and DADAA co-production of You Know We Belong Together, which was described by one reviewer as ‘…a necessary reclamation of disabled voice, delivered with the radical power of love, and a work of kindness and care which privileges the identities of the Downs community in their own image…’

Most recently Simone co-produced Experience Collider with CircusWA supported by Telethon and presented at the 2019 AWESOME Festival. Described as ‘a pure demonstration of collaboration. Genuine and delightful’, Experience Collider was underpinned by an evaluation led by the Telethon Kids Institute’s Quality of Life research team.

But it’s perhaps Simone’s commitment and work at the coalface of complex disability communities and her support of individual artists with disability to reach new levels of agency and artistic excellence, that was most significant.

Her longitudinal investment in award winning projects like the Lost Generation Project was integral to creating access to participatory arts practice for people with intellectual disabilities whilst at the same time, researching and developing new digital arts practices.

Simone’s vision and investment in supporting artists with disabilities and her contribution and influence within the National Arts and Disability sector are immeasurable.

Former Perth Festival Artistic Director (2016-19) and DADAA Board member Wendy Martin said, ‘On behalf of the DADAA Board I would like to acknowledge and thank Simone for the exceptional contribution that she has made to the success and profile of our artists and the organisation. Simone’s visionary leadership has enabled artists with disability to thrive and create game-changing work, particularly in film and theatre.’

Since 1994, Simone worked to develop DADAA, taking on multiple roles including Board Member and Co-Executive Director. ‘During this time, I had the enormous privilege of working with many Western Australian artists with disability to create new performance, visual and filmed works’, Simone said. ‘I leave DADAA to further develop this work with artists and film makers who experience practical and systemic barriers to participation and look forward to continued association with the organisation through my family’.

Simone is now focusing on her work in the screen diversity sector as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Screenwest, as well as establishing her independent practice as a Producer and Consultant, and we wish her continued success in all her endeavours.

image: Trinity, Portrait of Simone Flavelle, 2019, ink on paper

Here, there and back again: Landmark Exhibition Opens

In partnership with Ellenbrook Arts, DADAA is delighted to present Here, there and back again – a survey exhibition of the life works of senior Noongar artist Desmond Woodley. The exhibition brings together a collection of works by a prolific artist whose depiction of country and beings are like no other.

Encompassing his lived experiences – from time at New Norcia Mission as a child, to working on cattle stations and travelling the vast state of Western Australia – Woodley’s works are powerful and haunting, conveying his perception of life and place. 

DADAA has supported Woodley for more than a decade – originally as part of his health recovery but more recently to gradually extend a practice that places him back in Country. Ellenbrook Arts provided Woodley with his first exhibition opportunity back in 2007.

Emus painted by Aboriginal Artist Des Woodley
Desmond Woodley, Waidjeroop (Many Emus), 2010, acrylic, pencil and charcoal on canvas, 40 x 75cm. Courtesy private collection.

DADAA Executive Director David Doyle said that DADAA has invested heavily in its Aboriginal Arts program based at the organisation’s Midland location.

“DADAA’s eastern region hub has become unique in providing skill development, exhibition opportunities and community engagement for emerging and professional Aboriginal artists with disability,” said Mr Doyle.

“Through DADAA’s programming and partnership approach, and with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Desmond is now able to present a significant body of work to a broad public audience.”

Executive Director of Ellenbrook Arts Gemma Ben-Ary said that Woodley’s career got its early start at the Ellenbrook Art gallery with the exhibition Coming Together curated by Lisa Wolfgramm in 2007, which eventually led to him becoming a well-loved, highly collected artist in Western Australia.

Here, there and back again is a fitting way to present the past twelve years of Woodley’s practice, featuring collected artworks from many private collections, alongside new works,” she said.

”We are absolutely thrilled to have this exhibition here and look forward to sharing it with the community in Ellenbrook, and providing a rewarding experience for visitors coming from further afield.”

In working alongside Woodley over several months, Indigenous Curator Esther McDowell (Kickett) noted how subtly he tells his story, presenting a fresh and sure perspective of Bibulmun/Noongar country.

“Having been surrounded by Desmond’s work, I have begun to see Bibulmun/Noongar country differently thanks to Des’ art,” Ms McDowell said.

“His style is unique and stands with the dynamic practices of contemporary Aboriginal artists that have come to the forefront within Western Australia over the past ten years.”

Screenwest and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority have also supported Des’ work to be placed in Yagan Square – both as an animated showcase on the Digital Tower (to be launched as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations) and as a permanent mural in the Market Hall.

Exhibition runs 15 June – 31 July at Ellenbrook Arts gallery.

Nexus Arts Grants for 2019 are now open

Nexus Arts Grants are a unique opportunity for young people (aged 16 to 25) with disability to develop their skills and careers as artists. The grant offers support for individual mentoring with a professional artists, and successful applicants work on a project of their own choosing.

Nexus Arts Grants are open to Western Australian artists only. There are three levels of funding: $2000, $5000 and $10,000. This grant round closes on 31 May at 5pm.

Find out more and download application materials on the Nexus Arts Grant webpage.

Board Changes at DADAA

After more than a decade of service to DADAA, we were sad to see Jan Court leave the position of Chair of the Board. She is replaced by Harry Bray, who has been Treasurer on the DADAA Board since 2014.

Harry has acknowledged Jan for her ten-year commitment to DADAA.

“Jan played a central strategic role in managing the complex partnerships that resourced, designed, built and operate the Wangaree Community Centre in Lancelin, one of DADAA’s three hubs,” he said.

“Jan leaves a strong regional program and helped DADAA transition to the NDIS. We thank her very much.”

In addition to a change of Chair, DADAA also welcomed two new Board members – Perth Festival outgoing artistic director Wendy Martin and Associate Professor Justin Brown from Edith Cowan University.

Harry said that both Wendy and Justin bring expertise in key areas relevant to DADAA’s current business growth – contemporary arts programming and digital access and technologies.

“As Artistic Director of Perth Festival for the past four years, Wendy has embedded disability arts into core festival programming,” said Harry, a local business owner and philanthropist.

“DADAA’s four-year partnership with the Festival has seen international disability performers and directors come to Perth to work with emerging and established artists, and to expose audiences to international best practice in disability arts.

“As DADAA continues to build its contemporary arts practice as a leader in disability arts, Wendy’s vision and knowledge will be invaluable.”

In recent years, DADAA has also expanded its access and inclusion programming for people with disability using digital technologies. Justin, who is Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning for the School of Science at ECU, is an expert in e-learning, accessibility and web-based technologies and has been an invited expert on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Research and Development Working Group.

Artlink School Holiday Workshops

Get on stage with Circus WA

The DADAA Artlink School Holiday Program is back with inclusive school holiday workshops with Circus WA. Enjoy three days of circus skills, games, slapstick comedy, clowning and physical theatre. Tailored to your own abilities, these workshops are guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun with something for everyone.

NDIS-enrolled participants are encouraged to register. A small number of sponsored places are available for those not enrolled in the NDIS.


Monday 14 January, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Wednesday 16 January, 1.30 – 3.3opm
Friday 18 January, 10am – 12noon

Tuesday 15 January, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Thursday 17 January, 1.30 – 3.3opm
Friday 18 January, 1.30 – 3.30pm


Circus WA Big Top
Old Fremantle Boys’ School
92 Adelaide Street

contact and booking

Please book as places are limited.
Contact Belinda Mettam, Artlink Artsworker
T: (08) 9430 6616

City of Fremantle / DADAA partnership wins State Honours

The partnership between the City of Fremantle and DADAA that has revitalised the Fremantle Old Boys’ School was recognised at the State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours at the State Theatre Centre earlier this week.

Nominated by DADAA, the City of Fremantle was recognised in the Metropolitan Local Government category. The partnership has established an arts hub in the heart of Fremantle that supports people with a lived experience of disability from across the metropolitan area to choose Fremantle as their destination for arts and cultural participation.

“This iconic building now connects the WA disability community with professional artists, broadening how we as a community view ourselves at this significant time as the NDIS rolls out across Australia,” said David Doyle, Executive Director of DADAA.

The State Arts and Culture Partnership Honours acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individual philanthropists, businesses and organisations who partner with arts and cultural groups across WA.

Image: DADAA Executive Director, David Doyle (left) pictured with David Templeman MLA and Deputy Mayor of the City of Fremantle Ingrid Waltham at the awards presentation.

COMING UP: The Other Film Festival

Changing how the community sees disability

DADAA has teamed up with Arts Access Victoria to bring The Other Film Festival from Melbourne to Fremantle for the first time!

On 6 & 7 October in our very own cinema in the Fremantle Old Boys’ School you can catch amazing films from around the world by, with, and about people with disability.

And, as part of the festival, we’re also proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories short films showcase made by DADAA artists!

Click here to check out the wonderful films that will be on show!

For more info please email us or phone 9430 6616.

Digital Dialogues Arts Mentors Wanted

DADAA is looking for new arts workers to join our team!

If you have previous experience in running arts-based programs to provide mentoring workshops for groups and in one-to-one sessions we would love to hear from you.

DADAA has received funding from the Department for Communities to offer up to 40 artists the opportunity to develop their digital and arts skills for 2 hours a week over a 40-week period. Workshops will be conducted in a combination of one-on-one and group settings. Workshops may include but are not limited to: digital art, animation, film-making, drawing, painting, mixed media, performance and music.

The workshops will be based at the DADAA Fremantle Hub. This is a casual contract for 12 months and workshop hours can be flexible.

To put forward an expression of interest please email us your CV and cover letter.

Applications close: Friday 28 September, 5pm.

Contact us for more information.