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Get out and about this winter with our list of accessible events across Australia

As the chill of winter spreads, we’re all tempted to stay indoors and keep our heaters on. For the days when you’re feeling tempted to head outside, there are plenty of accessible community events, day trips and exhibitions waiting for you. Take a look at what’s coming up in your state.

New South Wales

Auslan tour: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018b

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes are the most revered art competitions in Australia. To get a deeper understanding of the portraits entered, Auslan tours of each exhibition will be held on June 24 and July 18. Todd Wright, a presenter within the deaf community, will be hosting the tour in Auslan while an interpreter will translate into English. You can find more about the tour here.

Accessibility features: Auslan interpreted, wheelchair accessibility
When: June 24 and July 18
Where: Art Gallery NSW, Sydney

Screenability at Sydney Film Festival

As part of the Sydney Film Festival, Screenability will be returning to include people regardless of their abilities. Screenability gives filmmakers living with disabilities the opportunity to exhibit their talents and in doing so, raise awareness for people living with disability. Screenability will kick off on June 14 and will feature seven feature and short films. Each screening will feature an array of accessibility features – take a look here for more details.

Accessibility features: audio descriptions, companion card friendly, assistance animals, Auslan interpreted, hearing loop system, low sensory facilities, wheelchair accessibility
When: June 14 – 17
Where: Venues across Sydney


Wonderland Exhibition

The ACMI Museum will be hosting the premiere of Wonderland, an exhibition that celebrates the timeless stories of Alice in Wonderland. This winter, ACMI is offering low sensory and descriptive exhibition visits for those living with autism and people with low vision. Relaxed performances, quiet zones and fewer visitors will be coming to the Wonderland exhibition on dates throughout June and July while a descriptive tour will be held on July 14. Want to take a trip down the rabbit hole? Discover more about low sensory visits and descriptive tours.

Accessibility features: low sensory facilities, descriptive tours, wheelchair accessibility
When: April-October
Where: ACMI Museum, Melbourne

Central Deborah Gold Mine Tours

At the heart of Bendigo lies a sprawling gold mine where almost a tonne of gold was discovered hundreds of years ago. Today, visitors can experience the gold rush with a wheelchair accessible Mine Experience Tour at 61 metres underground. Embark on a thrilling underground adventure at the Central Deborah Gold Mine – you can find more information about tours here.

Accessibility features: wheelchair accessibility
When: Open 7 days
Where: Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo


Art and Dementia Tour

Queensland Art Gallery will be holding a personalised tour to create a comfortable, enjoyable experience for those living with dementia. Beginning with a viewing of artworks in the gallery, a disability-trained guide will then offer a hands-on creative activity. The tour acts to enhance the mood and wellbeing of those living with dementia by incorporating tactile and sensory aspects. Click here for more information.

Accessibility features: low sensory facilities, wheelchair accessibility
When: July 30
Where: Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art

South Australia

Central Dance Workshop

Restless Dance in Adelaide will be holding dance sessions for 15 to 26-year-olds living with a disability. These workshops are an accessible, fun environment for young people to express their ideas, talent and creativity. Each workshop is held by trained tutors and parents are encouraged to use their NDIS funding to take part in the workshop. These workshops are held on each Tuesday of South Australian school terms – find more information here.

Accessibility features: wheelchair accessible, support worker-friendly
When: Every Tuesday during school terms
Where: Restless Dance Theatre, Adelaide

Western Australia

Can Touch This

To allow those with low vision and hearing difficulties, the DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantages in the Arts) will be holding a descriptive tour on July 21. Two unique exhibitions including Modern Australian Landscapes 1940s-1960s will feature a trained verbal guide and tactile opportunities for those with visual impairments. Discover more about this event here.

Accessibility features: audio descriptions, tactile experiences, wheelchair accessibility
When: July 21
Where: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Crawley

Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase

Wearable Art Mandurah is an annual exhibition featuring some of the most evocative and bold wearable art pieces in the world. Each year, international and local entrants display their artworks in a dazzling onstage performance. On June 10, a pre-show tactile tour and artist talks will be on offer before the main performance which will include audio descriptive facilities. Take a look at more details here.

Accessibility features: audio descriptions, tactile experiences, wheelchair accessibility, companion card friendly
When: June 10
Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah

If you’re hoping to get out and about this winter, why not ask a support worker to help you out? Mable is home to a growing community of 2,300 independent support workers. Enter your postcode here to see how many workers are in your local area.

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