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Beyond the Square & Accessible Arts presented a two day practical workshop program for arts workers, educators, theatre makers who either worked with or had an interest in working with people with disability.

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“I think it is really important that this kind of exchange happens to help keep people moving in the right directions and to make connections etc. Actually, I think it is vital… There are still a lot of archaic practices in some sectors of our communities, and I think that the involvement of mindful arts practitioners can bring about positive changes within those communities.”
Julie Humphries, Katoomba Dance Theatre.
“I’m really looking forward to applying the knowledge I have learned from the workshop! It was an incredible experience and I thank Beyond the Square  immensely for the opportunity.”
Suzy Dunne
“Fantastic to connect with other like minded people.  Super awesome to have the opportunity to learn instead of teach. Please do it again.”
Kirsty Fromholtz, Sydney Creative Movement

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In 2012 Beyond the Square & Accessible Arts presented a two day practical workshop program for arts workers, educators, theatre makers who either worked with or had an interest in working with people with disability. This idea for this kind of exchange occurred when Beyond the Square’s Alison Richardson was working at Accessible Arts and realised there was a need for arts workers who can often work in isolation to come together to share knowledge, ideas, exercises and experiences. The first Exchange It was held in partnership with the Q Theatre, Penrith in 2010. You can check out the workshop ideas from that day HERE.

Exchange It 2012

Day 1

Participants enjoyed a very practical morning of exchanging ideas, exercises & thoughts with other arts workers facilitated by Beyond the Square’s Creative Director, Alison Richardson. Then the afternoon session was run by Powerhouse Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director Danielle Antaki, discussing the process of devising from her work as a performer of Sydney based performance ensemble Version 1.0.

Day 2

The group explored devising techniques with a full day workshop with dancer and choreographer Dean Walsh.  Dean inspired with stories from collaborations with many reputable Australian and international companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Stalker Theatre, Opera Australia, The oPera Project, Australian Dance Theatre and Restless Dance Theatre’s touring company.

You can view all the Exchange It workshop ideas HERE.

Ans while we’re at it- if you’re a workshop facilitator, trainer, arts worker you may be keen to check out the InterACT Resource Kit which was designed by Jen Teo and Alison during their time at Accessible Arts as a resource for those wanting to work in integrated performance settings.

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