Creative Control Virtual Platform – Launching on 3 December. 

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2020, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) is delivering an online program showcasing the diverse talents and abilities of people with disability in the community.

Creative Control is an accessible online program of events featuring visual art, writing, theatre and film experiences over one week from 3-10 December.

Creative Control is an initiative of BSL together with partners Arts Access Victoria, Writers Victoria, Polyglot Theatre and featuring a special showcase of work from Back to Back Theatre.

Program

Whether you have an interest in art, or just want to try something new, Creative Control delivers experiences accessible to everyone.

Join us on 3-10 December to explore commissioned creative work, interactive workshops and events, film and the Creative Control virtual exhibition – all available to experience at home.

View the full program below.

Creative Control virtual exhibition

Available online from 3-10 December 2020

In partnership with Arts Access Victoria, the works of 46 artists with disability will be displayed as part of our Creative Control virtual exhibition.

Hosted online, the exhibition will invite you to experience a unique and diverse selection of art at home. Artists will be presenting works across a range of mediums including painting, illustration, photography and collage.

The online exhibition will feature a virtual gallery and audio descriptions on select works.

This exhibition is free to access and will launch online on 3 December.

 

Seven Days of Writing

3-10 December 2020

Experience the work of seven talented and diverse Australian writers across seven days with Writers Victoria.

Join writers Fiona Murphy, Christine Davey-White, Binh Pham, Nicole Smith, Anat Bigos, CB Mako and Jax Jacki Brown as they release a piece of writing each day that will be showcased on the Creative Control blog.

These commissioned works will launch on our Creative Control blog on 3 December.

Paper and Tape Escape Workshop

Saturday, 5 December 2020
11.00am

Photographer: Ai Ueda, Polyglot Theatre

Paper and Tape Escape offers children a fun-filled creative session where they will learn to make their own paper adventures with Polyglot Theatre.

Polyglot artists will take participants through rip, scrunch, and fold techniques to make creatures and costumes, transforming themselves and their home. They will explore simple materials to develop new environments for their paper creations.

This playful workshop is for children with disability aged 6-12 years, and the introduction includes a warm-up drawing exercise that the whole family can enjoy.

This is a free event, but bookings are required.

Register on Eventbrite:
https://bit.ly/3orYJCk

A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.

Telling Your Story: Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Fiona Murphy

Sunday, 6 December 2020
12.00pm – 2.00pm

In celebration of International Day of People with Disability, Writers Victoria is bringing you the chance to explore memoir, life writing and personal essays with award winning writer and Publishability fellow, Fiona Murphy.

Master the art of telling your story, your way, with practical insights, skill development and writing activities, whether you’re emerging, emerged or somewhere in between.

This inclusive workshop is suitable for beginning and more experienced writers. ​

This is a free event, but bookings are required.

Register on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2Topk55

This is an online event and features closed captioning. 

Digital event   Closed caption

A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.

Creative and In Control Panel

Tuesday, 8 December 2020
6.30pm – 7.30pm  

Join Writers Victoria as they present a Zoom panel featuring insights and readings from four gifted Australian poets.

Lyndel Caffrey will be talking to Ruby Hillsmith, Andy Jackson, Gemma Mahadeo​ and First Nations poet Makayla-May Brinkley about the different ways they use poetry to explore and make sense of their lives and the world around them.

Join us for this unique opportunity to celebrate and engage with these exciting poetic voices.

This is a free event, but bookings are required. 

Register on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/34qU1N4

This is an online event and features closed captioning. 

Digital event   Closed caption

A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.

People, Bodies and Film – Back to Back Theatre

Available online from 3-10 December 2020

Over the last 30 years, Back to Back Theatre has made a body of work that questions the assumptions of what is possible in theatre, but also the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others.

The company is widely recognised as an Australian theatre company of national and international significance. It is driven by an ensemble of actors who are perceived to have intellectual disabilities.

Back to Back Theatre values diversity and strives to protect otherness as an asset. They champion an individual’s particular gifts and recognise that if these gifts are not nurtured and seen by others, the whole of society will suffer.

People, Bodies and Film is a small collection of works by Back to Back Theatre, created in collaboration with spectacular artists with disabilities.

This film showcase is free to access and will launch online on 3 December.

Accessibility at Creative Control   

We are committed to access and inclusion for all people and we endeavour to make our Creative Control online program as accessible as possible.

If you have a question about accessibility or require information to be presented in a different, more accessible format, please email us at idpwd@bsl.org.au or call Serena on 0491 158 896, using the National Relay Service 1800 555 727 if required.