TREASURE ISLANDS (EPISODE 4, KIRIBATI): BESSIE BOWRY, LILY GUBBAY, MAY LAI, LIZ MAU’U, ESTHER-LILY MAU’U, ECCLESIA MAU’U, KIAH MAU’U, BRAYETA BARENABA, TIANA BARENABA, LEO TANOI, 2020. PHOTO: MARK BOWRY
Artists with a disability and people in aged care
Since 2015, ACE’s Club Weld program has been nurturing the development of a group of talented neurodiverse musicians. This non-therapy-based program is driven by the belief that artists with a disability and neurodiverse artists have the right to pursue music, develop careers and to be recognised as professional musicians.
Club Weld is a powerful amalgam of skills-based learning, collaborative creation, public presentation and cultural opportunities where participants make and release their own music, perform live, and participate in music and cultural industry professional development programs. The program offers musicians increased professional and societal participation through partnerships with cultural organisations and mainstream music venues and festivals, collaborations with high profile guest musicians, visual artists, video makers, and connections with diverse audiences and cultural industry leaders.
In addition to weekly music making sessions, the program provides recording and distribution of new music via ABC Music on Spotify and Club Weld’s Bandcamp site plus CDs, vinyl and cassettes sold in music stores nationally (and in Athens, Greece).
Over the last few years Club Weld has partnered with The Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, featured on FBi, 2SER, Rage and ABC 7:30; attracted the favourable attention of music curators, journalists and commentators and appeared on ‘non disability’ line-ups at music venues and festivals.
CLUB WELD AT AGNSW: ADONI ZAMANOS, CHARBEL NEHME, JERRAH PATSTON, SIENNA ACQUARO, CLARE BROWN, HELEN LUPTON, COREY BARCLAY, 2020. PHOTO: HAROLD DAVID
Since 2018 ACE has undertaken creative projects and initiatives to improve the well-being and happiness of frail and dementia affected people in residential care, with the aim of producing and disseminating to the aged care industry ‘cultural care’ models for the final years of life. Our ongoing project Creativity Village (and its pilot project Motel Sisters In Care), undertaken in collaboration with Abel Tasman Village in Chester Hill, delivers creative exploration, cultural production and training involving residents, staff, clinicians, volunteers, artists and creatives along with clinical and social impact research and reporting.