Art Counts exhibition: 13 – 16 November
The exhibition showcases work from across the arts and disability sectors that focusses on art making, not disability. Highlights this year include sound, performative and installation elements from Tantrum Theatre’s ‘Creating the Self’ multi-arts project, as well as paintings, sculptures and a digital story created through Connectability’s art program. Response Services will be selling handmade craft items at the opening on Wednesday 13 November, with Studio Bliss Designs creating a small scale multi sensory installation as well as holding a fuuurrrry delightful market stall.
Octapod has actively supported participation in the arts by people with disability since 2010 through a range of initiatives such as the Creative Access Network, the Hunter Arts Worker Database and Art Counts. The launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Newcastle this year has focussed attention on the Hunter region and Octapod is interested in exploring what the change to a person centred approach means for access and inclusion by people with disability in mainstream arts activities.