LIVING WITHIN CONTEXT,
THE RED RATTLER THEATRE
A solo work about living without speech, about the everyday inside an unruly body. This work was devised with artistic guidance and mentorship from body-based artist, Georgie Read and produced by cultural worker and art practitioner, Claudia Chidiac. The film works, Silhouette and Just Because…were a collaboration between Georgia and Sydney-based videographer, Michelle Dennis. She received the Delineate grant, funded through Accessible Arts as a part of the Don’t dis My ability campaign.
21 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER
SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
The video work,Silhouette was exhibited as part of an exhibition put on by an Accessible Arts’ program ART.BOXX, exploring how social influences shape and define who we are and can become. Georgia and a fellow mover, Grace Nehme were invited to perform a piece co-choreographed by dance therapist, Kirsty Fromholtz. Georgia also gave a talk as a part of the exhibition.
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY
Georgia had a small part in the first episode of the ABC’s legal drama, Crownies (dir. Lynn Hegary and Garth Maxwell). “Sophie” is a sexual assault survivor with a disability, seeking to prosecute the perpetrator.
LYTHOPHYTES & EPIPHYTES ,
AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL
In 2012, Georgia was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Australian Youth Dance Festival held at NAISDA, Gosford and performed a work, that responded to the surrounding environment, choreographed by Philip Channells.
PRACTICE IN MOTION,
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
Just Because… was showcase in Practice in Motion, which highlighted the contribution and creative processes of emerging and established Australian artists with disability, both solo artists and collectives working across a variety of art forms including dance, theatre, music, visual arts and interdisciplinary practices. The exhibition was produced by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Accessible Arts and curated by Jennifer Stockins.
MEN=flesh/WOMAN=flesh - FLAT,
KALDOR ART PROJECTS’ 13 ROOMS
Georgia was a performative sculpture in Brazilian artist, Laura Lima’s work, MEN=flesh/WOMAN=flesh - FLAT, shown as part of a performance art installation, called 13 Rooms. The piece explores flesh as basic working material, to challenge the notion that the human body is a stagnant object for aesthetic consumption, playing into the social and historical definition of beauty. By forcing people to engage with embodiments of the Other in a way that makes them contort their bodies, it brings the focus back to the mechanics of the flesh. Georgia also gave a talk as a part of Kaldor Art Projects’ education program.
Beyond Technique Residency,
Georgia was one of only five solo artists selected to work with Elizabeth Ryan as part of the recent 3-day Beyond Technique Residency at the Riversdale property (Bundanon Trust) on the NSW south coast. From which she began to further develop her artistic practice and started to work on a piece called DO not TOUCH.
The residency, led by Philip Channells (Creative Director / Dance Integrated Australia) attracted 24 emerging and professional artists from across Australia and New Zealand. This project planted the seed for future disability-inclusive dance projects to spring out of the residency and has gained widespread interest from the Australian arts sector.
The Artist with Disability Initiative
SWEATSHOP, UWS WRITING & SOCIETY RESEARCH CENTRE
Georgia was involved in The Artist with Disability Initiative, which was a one-day seminar at UWS Writing & Society Research Centre, Bankstown, organised by the Western Sydney Literacy Movement, Sweatshop. She presented alongside Amanda Tink (Accessible Arts NSW), Emma Bennison (Arts Access Aust), Gaelle Mellis (Access2Arts SA) and Liz Crow (Roaring Girl Productions).
Georgia was part of an innovative program, a collaboration involving dancers with and without disability breaks new ground in integrated dance, and is the public outcome of the 2013 Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series..
Choreographers Sue Healey, Dean Walsh and Philip Channells worked with more than 20 dancers to devise three short dance works traversing duets between camera and dancer, sub-aquatic space and states of dress and undress. The climax was Second Skin, a studio showing at Bangarra Theatre, where dancers shed their layers and expose what’s underneath their skin.
Arts Activated Conference,
ACCESSIBLE ARTS, STATE LIBRARY
During the ‘Accessibility – Pushing the boundaries of Literature Readings’ session, Georgia was one of the three writers with disability who read their works in a way that considers audience access for people with disability, challenges and disrupts audience assumptions of a reading, and pushes boundaries of literary form.
From Arts Activated, NoRMAl, a performance of stories by four artists on their personal experiences, was established. Georgia explored topics including disconnection, preconceptions and medicalisation, alongside fellow writers,Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, and Amanda Yeo, with audio-visuals by Andy Ko. . NoRMAL was developed with accessibility in mind and includes captioning, Braille texts and AusLan interpretations.
It was performed at EWF Roadshow, NSW Writers' Centre, 8th Nov, 2014 and Lakemba Senior Citizens' Centre, 2nd Dec, 2014.
Just a little funny…
Beyond the square
Just a Bit...Funny at the Sydney Comedy Festival exhibited an online sketch comedy videos, including Georgia’s Shit People Say To Nonverbal Peeps and comedians with & without disabilities delivered a night to squash stereotypes and misconceptions, entertain, challenge the norm and embrace difference in an otherwise beige world. And we weren't politically correct. The MC was the wonderful Tommy Dean with the line up being Alex Wasiel, Dane Hiser, Darien Brown, Billy Freeman, Madeleine Stewart, Phillip Debs & Tracie Sammut plus someone who we're not allowed to mention! Except that it was Tom Ballard!
The Hunting Party
Powerhouse Youth Theatre
Georgia spoke at a live art event incorporating presentations on practices within art and culture, one of “The Hunting Party” series, curated by Karen Therese and Victoria Spence.
The event experimented with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraged informal conversations on serious topics, as prompted by spoken and performed presentations.
This Hunting Party was a meeting platform for artists and activists of all abilities and backgrounds, presented for International Day of People With Disability. It explored the lived experience of disability and how it shapes our lives.