Heist eGallery is an online art gallery. It’s run by Arts Access Victoria. Heist gives artists with a disability a space to exhibit their work. The website was started with a Victorian government grant. The artwork on Heist is full of color and beauty. It also stirs the imagination and awakens new ideas. Heist has different exhibits with thought-provoking themes. The current exhibition is Disclosure. It examines the relationship between disability, identity and creativity. The exhibition features a diverse range of artists. They use sculptures, paintings and drawings to intrigue and surprise their audience.
How would people with disabilities fair if aliens invaded? A new science-fiction comedy web-series aims to play with that situation. The series is set in Australia and has four main characters with a variety of disabilities. The series creators have previously made a documentary and comedy short film about people with disabilities. They are currently looking for actors to play teenage characters with autism, Down syndrome, low vision, and one who uses a wheelchair. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. But hurry, auditions will take place soon.
Accessible Melbourne is a free travel guide for people with disabilities. It has accessibility information for many of the tourist attractions in Melbourne and Victoria. The guide covers sights, activities, events, accommodation and eateries. It has details of accessible transport and includes whether a venue accepts companion cards. The guide is a free ebook that is available from Lonely Planet’s website. It is best read on a laptop using the free software Kindle for PC.
The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth is a fascinating exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. It is all about the science of the mind. The exhibition explores psychology and psychiatry as well as mental illnesses. Its exhibits include more than just static displays. There are videos to watch and tests to take. Visitors can also take a perception-altering walk through the Ames room. Museum entry is free for those with concessions and just $12 for adults. There is no extra cost to visit The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth exhibition.
Many characters with disabilities appeared in major films last year. They were in films like “The Theory of Everything”, “Still Alice”, “Gone Girl” and “American Sniper”. But just about all those characters were played by actors who did not have the character’s disability. Characters with disabilities are rarely seen in Australian movies and on television. Australian actress Kate Hood says not enough scripts are being written by writers with disabilities about people with disabilities. Casting agencies find it hard to get roles for people with disabilities. Actors Equity wants more characters with disabilities played by actors with disabilities.