I-DAY: Welcome, Performance and Panel Discussion

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Ralph Wilson Theatre
  • COST: Free
  • BOOKINGS: Via Eventbrite
  • PRESENTER: Ainslie+Gorman Arts Centres
  • WHEN: 12pm to 2pm
    3 December 2018
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Witness performances that will knock your socks off, from the extraordinary Hanna Cormick, the enchanting Liz Lea and Katie Senior, and the celebratory work of Black Mountain School.

Led by Daniel Savage, with invited panel members Imogen Yang, Liz Lea, Ruth O’Brien and Adelaide Rief, Culture Change: enabling sustainable change for inclusion and accessibility will be a lively discussion on what the arts sector could do better to fully realise a culture of access and inclusion in arts practice and programming.

Includes afternoon tea


Hanna Cormick is a performance artist with a background in physical theatre, dance, circus and interdisciplinary art. Her current practice is a reclamation of body through radical visibility. Cormick is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris), and Charles Sturt University’s Acting for the Screen and Stage degree. She has also trained with numerous experimental theatre practitioners including Thomas Richards and Mario Biagini at The Grotowski Center (ARTA Paris), The Roy Hart Centre (Malerargues), and Per Brahe (Bali). Her performance work has spanned close to a hundred productions over fifteen years, and has been performed in Australia, Europe and Asia. In 2015 she became unable to continue her practice due to a series of disabling and incurable medical conditions. After a hiatus of three years, her new practice has evolved from these new parameters. Cormick’s first performance art work as a disabled artist, The Mermaid, debuted at Art, Not Apart 2018, and is a confrontation of rare illness, invisible populations and the social model of disability. Her work with The Mermaid has been nominated for the ACT Chief Minister’s Young Leader Inclusion Award for increasing awareness of disability and chronic illness through art.


Daniel Savage is a Canberra based artist working primarily in photography, video and performance. His practice is concerned broadly with perception – investigating the way our perceptions influence and affect our interactions with art, each other and the physical world. His work is often self-referential, employing his individual experience of disability as a point of difference to engage audiences in exploring and reassessing establish ideas and preconceptions that exist within society.
Daniel has increasing been working to both advocate for and educate galleries, organisations and festival about disability arts, representation and inclusion. He is particularly passionate about the convergence of disability and contemporary arts practice.

Liz Lea is a dance artist, mentor and producer now based in Canberra after 20 years working internationally. She was named the 2017 ACT artist of the Year and awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. She has over 25 years working in inclusive dance. She recently presented her work Red at the LEAP Festival in the UK. Liz is currently Program Curator for Ausdance ACT and a member of the Minister’s Creative Council.

Katie Senior has had a long relationship with Liz Lea creating together a duet that extra ‘some’ which explores the glory of Katie. Katie received the ACT Dance Artist of the Year for the work which performed at TEDx 2018.

Imogen Yang is an independent consultant / curator with 20+ years experience in arts management, intercultural and inclusive arts practice. She co-founded Sydney-based collective ‘Insightful’, developing collaborative projects to increase access to arts and culture for people with disability, and specialising in Audio Description, with a focus on access to arts for people with vision impairment and neurodiversity – as both artists and audiences. Connection with community and continuing advocacy are inbuilt aspects of this work. Imogen provides artist support / professional development in visual and performing arts contexts with people with disability / diverse lived experience, and in facilitation of cross-sector collaborations incl CALD, ATSI, and LGBTIQ+ communities. She has worked with a wide range of museums, galleries, festivals and other organisations including the Art Gallery of NSW, Vivid Festival, the National Portrait Gallery, Kaldor Art Projects and the Biennale of Sydney to develop and deliver access, inclusion and diversity outcomes in policy & programming, and in practical workshops to build knowledge and capacity.

Adelaide Rief is a creative producer living and working on Ngunawal and Ngambri land in Canberra. Adelaide is currently the Program Manager at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and a member of the newly convened Minister’s Creative Council. From 2014-2017 she was a co-Director of You Are Here Festival and was responsible for leading the organisations disability inclusion initiatives from 2016-2017. Adelaide has also worked on a range of projects with arts and community organisations including Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Critical Animals, Amnesty International Australia, 2XXFM and 3CR Community Radio.

Ruth O’Brien is a vocalist, performing artist, arts and disability advocate, writer, emcee, and creative careers coach based in Canberra. Her passion in life is simple; to use her time productively to help those who need a hand, speak up for those who need a voice, and to try to leave the world a better place than it was before. Ruth has recently joined Accessible Arts as their first Canberra based staff member as the organisation looks to expand support to the ACT region.”

  • Daniel Savage, 'Fluxability'