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Following an intensive two-year training under ART:DIS's BEYOND DIS:PLAY, which endeavours to expose D/deaf, neurodiverse and disabled artists to a range of performing arts skills while broadening/deepening their chosen practice through mentorships with industry professionals, the 9 mentees of the programme proudly presented their graduation performance in ART:DIS's Black Box! Staged in November 2023 and opened to the public, these 7 productions were the culmination of their hard work and breakthroughs as they sought to elevate their artistry and voice as persons with disabilities (PWDs). Friendly to all audiences, with creative narration, creative captioning, touch tours and SGSL interpretation provided, the audiences got to experience a one-of-a-kind theatre production that prioritised the perspective and identity of a PWD on the main stage. There was also post-show dialogues for each production staging. Click here to download the programme booklet (hyperlink whole sentence).
Download the production booklet here
BEYOND DIS:PLAY is a performing arts training programme that nurtures talented D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled artists, broadening their artistic skills while simultaneously deepening their practice through mentorships with industry professionals, preparing them for professional careers in the arts sector. Over the course of two years (July 2023 – June 2025), mentees will:
- Develop multi-disciplinary art skills such as physical theatre, screen acting, mime and movement, voice, expression and improvisation.
- Be prepared for the industry with skills such as audition preparation, scene studies, public speaking, portfolio writing and creative access (audio description and captioning).
- Grow specialised capabilities through mentorships with industry professionals.
- Have multiple opportunities to perform on stage to public audiences.
Through weekly training sessions (once to twice a week, 3 hours per session, on a weekday evening and/or a weekend evening depending on needs), this programme will nurture mentees into confident, relevant, innovative and autonomous artists who are ready for employment in theatre, film and TV projects across the community, corporate and educational settings.
Fully subsidised with access provided throughout, this programme has supported 9 artists in its inaugural cohort. When they graduated last November 2022, they had collaborated with more than 30 creative and industry professionals to realise 7 thought-provoking productions that was witnessed by over 900 audiences to resounding applause and standing ovations. Visit https://www.artdis.org.sg/bd-2023-workshop-auditions/ for more information.
The ART:DIS Industry Mentorship Programme (AIMP) is a one year professional development programme for emerging artists with disabilities. Made possible through the Chng Seok Tin Education Fund* and further supported by the SGenable Enabling Lives Grant, the AIMP identifies talented emerging artists and matches them with industry mentors to deepen their artistic skills, prepare them professionally and open up pathways in the arts sector for them.
The programme is merit-based, and aims to support artists across different disability types – sensory, intellectual and physical. Access support (where necessary) will be provided to ensure the selected artist is able to maximize their participation and growth outcomes during the course of the programme.
Selected artists will be provided with a dedicated mentor to hone their artistic skills and conceptual thinking, studio space support and access to a panel of industry professionals to provide periodic development support in curatorial and ancillary support e.g. self-branding, digital marketing. The mentorship will culminate in a public exhibition held in January 2024, during the Singapore Art Week.
*The late Chng Seok Tin (Cultural Medallion Recipient 2005) was visually-impaired for a large part of her four-decade-long artistic career. As a strong advocate of artists with disabilities, she recognized that they faced additional challenges in professionalizing. This systemic problem stems from barriers of entry into artists' networks, preconceived biases towards disabled artists and a lack of opportunities to formal education that included sufficient access support. The AIMP was thus set up to meet this gap and provide an alternative professional development pathway to support artists with disabilities.
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Application form is available for download here
Date: 25 Feb 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 11am – 1pm Singapore Time (9.30am – 11.30am Myanmar time)
More information here: https://unseenart.myportfolio.com/edible-art-club-2022-2023