From September 2012, Arts Outwest’s Sweet Dreams are made of this project presented a series of 24 workshops in the three major centres of the Central West region of NSW: Orange, Bathurst and Lithgow. Using the theme of dreams, the project involved 38 people with disability in music composition and performance, dance, visual arts, film, theatre and puppetry.
Arts OutWest worked with artistic director Cate McCarthy, musician Charlie McMahon, film and multi-media artist Adrian Symes and dancer Wendy Erickson and partner organisations – Orange Regional Conservatorium, Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre, Wangarang Disability Services and Accessible Arts (which provided disability awareness training for the artists as part of the project).
The workshops culminated in a public performance and exhibition at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on 14 May 2013. A short film of the public performance was produced to document the project and to be shared online within the local health service and broader community, as a resource and advocacy tool.
“Wangarang Disability Services said it was the best thing they had been involved in with their day care participants. Arts OutWest always felt it was important that there was a good process throughout and that the final event used high production standards, in order to give value to the work. The event was well attended and we received a lot of extremely positive feedback about [it]… The event was also quite participatory for the audience which worked well including a short movement workshop section…We have also shared the outcomes widely through the short film made about the project and this has also received extremely good feedback.
Perhaps most importantly, some of the disability services have wanted to keep similar work going and are now more aware of a greater range of possibilities for workshops…. We now need to be able to follow up with more work to embed practice, and support the disability service providers to do more to incorporate more arts activity into their organisations.” Arts OutWest
Photos courtesy of Arts OutWest/Adrian Symes (May 2013) ©