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Artists with a disability benefit from unique program

Urban Theatre Project

Local artists with a disability are currently enjoying a two week residency at Bankstown Arts Centre thanks to $9800 in funding from Bankstown Sports’ ClubGRANTS program. The residency allows the artists to share experiences, develop their art and build resources that other artists can access.

Organised by Sweatshop, a Bankstown-based community group devoted to achieving equality for the people of Western Sydney through literacy and critical thinking, the artists are making the most of the opportunity to work on writing and performance concepts for their forthcoming book, which will also be printed in braille, entitled NORMAL.

Sweatshop Disability Co-ordinator, Dr Gaele Sobott, says it’s an innovative project, “led by and for artists with disability. We’re hoping that all the artists involved will gain skills from the Initiative and build their capacity as leaders in the Arts in Australia, and in their communities,” says Gaele. “We’re grateful that Bankstown Sports has been kind enough to help us fund this Sweatshop Initiative which we hope will have a continuing impact on the arts in Western Sydney and create new opportunities for the artists involved.”

A Sweatshop Artists with Disability video will be launched in April along with a planned performance at Bankstown Arts Centre showcasing some of the works created during the Urban Theatre Projects_SPACE residency.

Bankstown Sports CEO Mark Condi says he is looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the Sweatshop Artists with Disability Initiative.

“Having the ability to express yourself through art is a gift and the club is really excited that this initiative will be a positive experience for the artists, as well as setting up some much-needed tools for use in the longer term.”

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