Arts Northern Rivers are working with the Northern Rivers Deaf community and multi-artform partners to deliver a major 2020 project, Auslan Creative. The project will deliver a creative development program aimed at exploring models for collaboration and practice development between artists of mixed abilities.
The project responds to an approach made by Lismore-based Deaf arts worker Sigrid MacDonald, who identified a gap in creative opportunities for the Deaf community in our region. By bringing together the deaf community and creative partners in workshop-based creative development opportunities, Auslan Creative will engage both Deaf and non-Deaf participants through music, visual arts, performing arts and screen.
Creative partners for delivery of the project will include NORPA, featuring a movement-based program delivered by Deaf Director and Choreographer Anna Seymour. Lismore Regional Gallery will deliver a photographic workshop for Deaf participants and an accessible programming workshop for gallery staff within the region in partnership with MCA Australia including their Lead Artist Educator, Cara MacLeod, Director of Audience Development, Gill Nicol and Deaf artists and Educators, Susie Wright and Angie Goto. Northern Rivers Conservatorium will deliver a music workshop program delivered by Karen Kyriakou and Screenworks will deliver a Film Lab series of intensive film writing workshops.
Arts Northern Rivers has received funding to deliver the multi-arts project through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
“Arts Northern Rivers is thrilled with this funding outcome and looking forward to delivering an innovative skills and professional development opportunity for the Deaf and non-Deaf communities in the Northern Rivers. The project will feature creative collaborations with significant arts and cultural partners as well as the wider Deaf community in the Northern Rivers region – who will all contribute to the success of this important project ” said Peter Wood, Executive Director for Arts Northern Rivers.
The project will culminate with a forum that will interrogate the outcomes of the creative development program. These outcomes will inform further funding applications aiming to present a large-scale multi-arts festival event to take place in Lismore in 2021. The event will aim to expand on the multi-arts workshops delivered through Auslan Creative project and will include creative development participants, creative leaders and emerging leaders for the Deaf community.
Image: Anna Seymour ‘Collisions – The Delta Project’. Photograph by Pippa Samaya.