Strange Adventures

Strange Adventures features the work of four emerging cartoonists and illustrators working from DADAA studios: Amber Star Clark, Ben Hollingsworth, Liam Hubbard, and Joshua Kirschbaum-Mau. Through comics, illustration, and animation these artists present unique characters, multifaceted worlds, and lively storytelling.

Presented by Perth Comic Arts Festival 2022 in partnership with DADAA.

The artists:

Amber Star Clark

Amber produces cartoons and drawings using digital mediums. Originally working with traditional drawing materials, Amber discovered Microsoft paint and began creating her work digitally. Amber now works on Medibang Paint Pro, digital painting and comic creation software originally built for manga artists. ​Since moving into digital Amber has been exploring narrative forms, such as web series and comics. Amber studied a Certificate III in Digital Screen and Media at TAFE.

Ben Hollingsworth

Ben has been working at DADAA Fremantle studios since 2020. He is currently studying animation, video games, and visual effects at TAFE. Ben is a storyteller: using black ball-point pen on paper, digital drawing and animation to create unique worlds, plotlines, and characters. In 2021 Ben created the animations for Adam Kelly’s ARCO (presented by the WA Youth Theatre Company in collaboration with DADAA) and is now touring regional WA.

Liam Hubbard

Liam explores storytelling by creating drawings on paper and digital animations. He includes references to his interests, such as favourite movies, sample sounds, and voiceovers. He works in watercolour, coloured pencils, digital drawing, animation, plasticine, and mixed media. In 2017 Liam was included in the Big Draw Festival at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and in 2018 his stop motion movie, Liam and Steph, was screened at The Other Film Festival. Liam began working as an artist with the DADAA Fremantle studio program in 2018, After participating in DADAA’s Artlink program for children and young people, 

Joshua Kirschbaum-Mau

Joshua is a storyteller and concept artist who creates intricate science fiction/fantasy worlds, creatures, and characters. His illustrations are rendered in colour pencil and digital drawing created using a stylus pen, computer tablet, and graphic design software. These drawings contribute to building Joshua’s fictional worlds, which in the future, he hopes to bring to life using hand-drawn, frame by frame 2D animation. Joshua’s stories and characters reflect his experience of growing up with Asperger’s and how he perceives the world. 

image: Ben Hollingsworth, Salt Trader, 2021, digital illustration

Fremantle Arts Centre Revealed Exhibition: Tactile Tour & Arts Workshop

Feel your way through the 2022 Revealed Exhibition with our Tactile Tours.

Co-designed with DADAA for people with disability, their friends and carers – our Tactile Tours are led by an experienced guide who will help unearth the themes, and reveal new depths to the works in the Revealed Exhibition, focusing on sensory and interactive works to encourage discovery and play.

Each tour will be followed by a hands-on arts workshop to create artworks inspired by the exhibition.

Registrations essential as places are limited.

Please email to secure your place.

The Other Film Festival WA 2022

The Other Film Festival WA puts people with disability at the centre of storytelling and filmmaking. Join us for a weekend of films by, for, and about people with disability.

The Other Film Festival began in 2004 as a ground-breaking, international, disability-led program by Arts Access Victoria that elevated 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 third version of the project, encompassing a program of film screenings and conversations with leading filmmakers and practitioners with disability. The festival puts a spotlight on filmmakers with disability and their stories, and connects Western Australian artists and audiences with disability to international, national, and local screen practitioners.

Read the program here:  

The Other Film Festival WA 2022 Program


Program and Tickets

  • All films MA15+, restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult
  • All films are open captioned and audio-described

Opening Night | July 15, 5.30pm

photo: close-up of balding man looking up at the camera with worried facial expression, in the background a group of people are seated on chairs in a circle


Shadow (Australia) 2022, 56min, Directed by Bruce Gladwin

A group of activists hold a public meeting, desperate to save the world. As the meeting unravels, they discover the greatest threat to their future is already in the room.

Followed by drinks and canapés.

Presented with Revelation Perth International Film Festival in association with Back to Back Theatre

Read more about the film here


Festival Keynote Speaker Alistair Baldwin | July 16, 12pm


Alistair will be discussing his career development, opportunities and experience in screenwriting, as well as his current projects, including his latest directorial work for SBS which was developed through SBS, NITV, and Screen Australia’s Digital Originals initiative.

This event is supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest.


Film Screenings | July 16 & 17

The weekend of film screenings highlights the voices, stories, and skills of filmmakers and practitioners with disability. DADAA Fremantle’s Cinema will host seven screenings of Australian and International short films across two days. See below schedule for details of sessions. Tickets are FREE.

Saturday 16 July

1.15pm          Session 1: Country, Identity & Art

3pm               Session 2: Making an Impression

5pm               Session 3: Taking Action

Sunday 17 July

12pm              Session 2: Making an Impression

2pm                Session 1: Country, Identity & Art

4pm                Then Barbara Met Alan

6.30pm          Session 3: Taking Action

Followed by Q&A with Liz Carr

Short Film Sessions

Session 1: Country, Identity & Art

Explorations of place, identity, and disability and how they shape us and our artistic practices.  This collection includes stories from Martu country and bushfire-affected areas in Australia, advice for how people with disability can prepare for climate apocalypse, and artists addressing identity, disability, and how they create work.

Session 2: Making an Impression

How do we make an impression on the people around us, how does the world perceive us and what makes an impression on us? From the ways different disabilities affect how we experience the world to assumptions made about (and sometimes by) people with disability, these diverse stories show us as powerful, aspirational, playful, and romantic.

Session 3: Taking Action

There are many ways we can take action to change our lives and those of people around us. These films poke fun at common disability tropes and depictions (when was the last time you saw a disabled action hero on screen?) and show people changing their lives and other people’s understanding of how the world works.

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Industry Partners:

Logos: Government of WA, Screenwest, Lotterywest

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Side Gallery Exhibition | Cusp

Rene Martinson’s series of miniature photographs fill the Side Gallery as the artist pursues the capturing of light and reflection in an elusive chase of the ‘object’ in its truest form. 

“All my images exist before they are perceived, there is no subjectivity, objectivity or aesthetics – I am never certain what the images will become.”


A young life on the spectrum: a story of yearning and optimism

WA Youth Theatre Company, in collaboration with DADAA, presents the much-anticipated revamp of Adam Kelly’s award-winning show about living with autism. 

“Who here hasn’t been rejected?” asks Adam Kelly, creator of ARCO. “This is my story of endurance, learning, adaptation, and optimism. Everyone can identify with it and have some fun at the same time.”  

ARCO Snr, which stands for Autism, Rejection, Celibacy and Optimism, is back this October for a limited season after premiering at Fringe World 2020.

This delightful show, enhanced by the rousing animations of local artist Ben Hollingsworth, takes a heartfelt look at the life and struggles of a young autistic gentleman trying to make connections with the people and world around him. Winner of the ECU Performing Arts Award, Adam gently asks the audience to consider life from his perspective.

“Autism itself is really difficult to explain. It’s not simply something that effects how I function; it is… how I am wired. Asking me how autism feels like is pretty much like asking a fish if it knows it’s in water. I guess that as I am autistic, but adapted slightly to the neurotypical world, metaphorically I am neither fully a fish (autistic) nor a land creature (neurotypical) but rather an amphibian.” – Adam Kelly, 2019, reflecting on the message of ARCO Snr.

ARCO Snr, a compelling personal story of yearning and optimism, will play at the DADAA Theatre in Fremantle from the 5-9 October 2021.

Credits: Written by Adam Kelly and James Berlyn. Directed by James Berlyn. Performed by Adam Kelly with animation by Ben Hollingsworth. Sound design: Tristen Parr and lighting design: Pete Young. Artist Mentor Johanna Keyser.

This season of ARCO Snr has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

The Bowling Alley

Charlie Paganin, Trinity Williams, Declan White

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

More information here

DADAA Gallery
92 Adelaide St, Fremantle

Gallery hours Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 4pm

Image: Declan White, The Bowling Alley, 2018, ink on paper, 56 x 76.5 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

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  

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