Short Artss Projects


Just wanted to share with all of you an update on the Short Artss Collective “Letters to Myself” project, and arts organisations in your area that may be of interest to you to get involved in.

Short Artss “Letters to Myself” project

So far, we have 11 people confirmed to participate in the project, 6 are female and 5 are male. There are also 2 additional people who have expressed strong interest in participating but have not yet sent in their forms.

We were hoping for at least 15 people to be involved but if at the end of the day it will be only 11 then we can work with that.

In the meantime, we will be working on submitting funding applications to support this project, unfortunately the success of this project depends on receiving funding to support it, we are confident we will receive funding but, as to how much we do not know as yet.

Update on the Masterclass at the upcoming SSPA National Convention: we thought it would be a great opportunity to also use the Masterclass as a planning session to see what people are interested in doing as collaborative projects in the future and what they want to do individually and see how we can support them. So if you have any ideas or suggestions and you won’t be attending the Convention please feel free to forward them to us at [email protected] and we will include them for discussion at the Masterclass.

Accessing art and cultural activities in your local area and state

In 2008, my husband and I moved to a small rural town called Ballan an hour outside of Melbourne, on the way to Daylesford and Ballarat. Other than the reason my family had moved up to Ballan a few years earlier and we wanted to live closer to them, I was also attracted to moving here because of the strong arts and community focus it had. I have since joined a very active arts collective called Wombat Regional Arts Network. We create a lot of arts and cultural activities in the Moorabool Shire working with school groups, young mothers, young people at risk, the elderly and isolated. The community as a whole when we put on major events such as the annual Ballan Autumn Festival, exhibitions, fundraising functions for the local hospital and auspicing local artists or art groups to create work or to put on exhibitions and/or performances are very supportive.

Moorabool Shire is not the only place to have such an active arts collective, most communities whether they are rural or urban throughout Australia will have an arts group or art activities established for the community to participate in. This can be organised by your local council through their Arts and Cultural department if they have one, or another avenue is their Rural Access Worker, Cultural Officer, Community Development or Disability Liaison Officer who will have links to art groups in your area. Other places in your area include: your local Community/Neighborhood House usually offer art and craft classes; your local YMCA; or TAFE; there are sometimes theatre companies and dance schools already set up in your local area which would be listed in your directory and sometimes through the local hospital or health service you might even find some art activities there being run by an Art Therapist.

On a bigger scale, there is a national disability arts network, which has independent branches in most states called Arts Access Australia. I spoke about Arts Access Australia and the statewide networks many years ago in the SSPA Journal but I thought it would be worthwhile to bring them to your attention again.

The below information is taken from each arts organisation’s websites.

Arts Access Australia (AAA)

Arts Access Australia is the peak national body for arts and disability. We work to increase opportunities and access for people with disability as artists, arts-workers, participants and audiences. When we say we work with ‘people with disability’, we mean anyone with sensory or physical impairments, hidden impairments, intellectual impairments, learning difficulties or mental health conditions. We recognise and value the culture and language of the deaf community, and include them within this definition in recognition of the similar barriers that many deaf people face accessing the arts.

Accessible Arts

Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales.

Accessible Arts promotes and provides opportunities for people with disability to participate in arts and cultural activities as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists.

Arts Access Central Australia (AACA) (& Incite Youth Arts)

Arts Access Central Australia (AACA) is an organisation working collaboratively with the community in developing a broad range of opportunities for people with disabilities to explore, engage and participate in a dynamic range of creative pursuits.

AACA works holistically to service and support the development of a dynamic range of collaborative ventures involving the Arts and Disability sectors within Alice Springs and as our capacity extends, to include the broader region.

Arts Access Darwin (AAD)

Darwin Community Arts is a community arts and cultural development organisation operating in the Darwin Region of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Darwin Community Arts enriches and inspires Top End of the Northern Territory by facilitating arts and cultural development that reflects and celebrates our communities’ diversity and creativity.

Access Arts Queensland (AAQLD)

Access Arts Queensland is the peak body working with artists, cultural workers and their communities across Queensland. We deliver a range of Professional Arts and Cultural services to Queensland communities with an emphasis on those communities, groups and individuals who experience disability and disadvantage.

Access Arts Queensland is the acknowledged leader throughout the Arts and Cultural sector in the development of emerging artists through mentoring and employment of professional artists and cultural workers experiencing disabilities and disadvantage.

Disability and Arts Transition Team (DATT)

The Disability & Arts Transition Team (DATT) is an initiative of Arts SA and is a two-staged model to see the development of an organisation supporting the arts and disability sectors.

DATT is a disability-led project and committed to increasing access to arts, creativity, equality, diversity and inclusion for Deaf and disabled people to participate in arts and culture. We are aligned with the social model of disability, and its aims to redress the exclusion of disabled people and remove disabling barriers. We use the words ‘disabled’ and ‘disability’ to refer to barriers, rather than medical conditions or impairments.

Arts Access Victoria

Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is Australia’s founding and most experienced arts and disability organisation.

With a yearly turnover of more than 100 arts projects and initiatives that lead to an increased number of people with a disability creating and experiencing art, Arts Access Victoria is the state’s leading arts and disability organisation. Our focus is building the capacity of the arts, disability, community and education sectors to deliver increased and improved opportunities for arts and cultural participation for people with a disability.


DADAA is a not-for-profit community arts and cultural development (CACD) organisation, focusing on creating significant positive social change and opportunities for people with a disability or a mental illness. Based in Fremantle, DADAA offers targeted arts and cultural programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 Western Australian communities.

So I hope some of the above information has been useful and a starting point for inspiration.

Warmest regards,
Short Artss Collective

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