Saturday, July 27 @ 1:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
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Would you like to create inclusive environments dedicated to equality and authentic representation of people with disability? Engage confidently with disabled artists and audiences?
Melbourne Spoken Word is thrilled to be offering Open Your Eyes (OYE) Disability Equality Training, Arts Access Victoria’s (AAV) comprehensive introduction to disability equality tailored specifically for the arts industry. AAV has been a leader in access and disability related professional development for over 40 years.
OYE provides an understanding of the needs of people with disability, along with skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented in any organisation, group or project. OYE engages and challenges participants in such a way that it transforms fear into confidence.
This training workshop will cover:
The Melbourne Fringe Festival Producer had this to say after the workshop:
“The Open Your Eyes disability awareness and equality training is an essential foundation workshop for absolutely everyone. It places access and inclusion within a social context and in a very short time allows the participants to dismantle preconceived ideas about disability – even when those ideas have been well-meaning and, in some ways, effective – and rebuild their understanding based around the Social Model. It’s a mix of educating about what practical steps and processes can be taken to build a more accessible and inclusive society, along with an exploration of dreaming big: imagining a world where all barriers to participation have been removed.”
The OYE facilitators are artists with disability, skilled at using their creative talents to illuminate complex issues around access and inclusion.
Jo Dunbar is a choreographer, director and facilitator with 20 years’ experience in the professional arts industry. Originally from the UK, Jo has worked and trained across multi-art platforms with various arts companies in the UK, Europe and, now, Australia.
In 2011, she founded Australia’s first dance company for deaf and hard-of-hearing performers, The Delta Project. Born profoundly deaf and bilingual in both English and Auslan, she is passionate about all things diverse, experimental and inclusive.
As a facilitator, Jo is skilled at helping participants to draw learning from themselves and each other.
Leisa Prowd has been working at Arts Access Victoria since 2007 to make the arts more accessible for all and is one of the lead facilitators of the OYE Disability Equality Training.
Leisa is an international dancer, performance artist and life model. She joined the inclusive theatre ensembles of the award-winning Rawcus Theatre Company in 2016, and the acclaimed Weave Movement Theatre Group in 2014. She is currently developing both solo and collaborative performances here and overseas.
Leisa’s natural humour and personal anecdotes help to connect participants to the material in a very relatable way.
The winners of the 2020 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word are: Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson (co-winners and collaborators), for their piece “Erotic Thriller”.
Highest Queensland Entry: Holly Robertson for “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy”
Highly Commended:Sarah Temporal ‘Who Gave Birth to my Daughter’
Yasmin McQuade ‘Frida’s Eyebrows’
In its 6th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
Winners: “Erotic Thriller” – Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson
Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic. Her first book of poetry, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams (Subbed In) was recently shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore award. She’s currently working on her first illustrated memoir with the support of the Australia Council. www.eloisegrills.com
Jaslyn Robertson is a young composer of electronic and chamber music who writes with unusual sounds, alternate tuning systems and new forms of notation. In 2020 she has received the Monash Animated Notation Ensemble commissioning prize and a commission for Ossicle duo supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. http://jaslyn.biz/
Highest Queensland Entry: “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy” – Holly Robertson
Holly Robertson is a 19 year old poet and student from Brisbane. Writing for the last six
With the world in a pretty unprecedented situation, as people already know, and although it’s by far not the most important issue right now, it’s had a pretty devastating effect on the arts, including the spoken word community.
Obviously, us coming together as a community at events in person are a crucial part of spoken word, and one the main reasons MSW exists is to support those community events. For us, it’s not just about the art form or individual artists, but how the art form brings people together, whether you’ve been doing this as a career for ages or whether you’ve turned up to an open mic for the very first time.
It’s been a learning experience and a bit of brightness amongst the darkness to watch how people have responded to self-isolation and lockdown measures by finding ways to use online platforms to continue to host open mics and other events. Alongside us starting to live stream events, we’ve been watching the rest of our community and the different ways events have gone online.
Spoken word, storytelling, poetry and writing still remain a way we can express ourselves and try to make sense of the world we live in and for us to come together as a community and for people’s voices to be heard. This remains critical in a time of self-isolation.
With most expert opinions predicting that this situation is likely to continue for months, not just weeks, the likelihood of us being able to hold in person events with an audience in July or August is pretty unlikely, and so Melbourne Spoken Word has made a decision to not hold The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in 2020.
Instead, we’re announcing The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online for 2020, with a new expressions of interest period now open for organisations and producers to propose events to be held on online as part of our program this year. We’re excited to see what spoken word
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.