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Latest musing on disability in the media

Posted by Philip on 25 October 2016, 5:08 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

Recently a third year student at the University of Winchester studying Theatre Production (Arts & Stage Management) contacted me. Her focal topic is looking at "able bodied performers portraying disabled [people] and how we, as participants in the arts industry, feel about it."

She sent me some questions and here's how I responded:

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How the forces of the arts, media and culture influence and shape our thinking and our national identity

Posted by Philip on 21 August 2015, 12:53 pm in , , , , , , ,

This week I was part of a panel for Leadership New Zealand tasked with speaking to this post's title. No pressure. By the time Dr Wayne Hope (AUT University), Qiujing Wong (Borderless), Rewi Spraggon and myself had traversed it, it was obvious how broad the topic was.

I could begin to speak on behalf of my fellow panellists, but thought I'd share my thoughts.

I began by sharing this media release I wrote in 2005 in response to the then National Party's appointment of Wayne Mapp as "Political Correctness Eradicator". Aside from the stupidity of the role, I pointed out that, ten years on, the token gestures paid to diversity in the arts, media and cultural spheres haven't really increased.

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If you think disability is limiting...

Posted by Philip on 22 July 2013, 7:32 pm in , , ,

...watch this and think again.

Confused? Contact me.

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Play unlocks story of locked-in syndrome

Posted by Philip on 24 June 2013, 2:17 pm in , , , , , , ,

"Nick: An Accidental Hero" — a play about a sportman's battle with locked-in syndrome – begins in Wellington tomorrow and Auckland next week.  Locked-in syndrome, or LIS for short, is a condition in which a [person] is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes (Wikipedia).

Starring and written by Renee Lyons, the play "is the enormously affecting and heartbreakingly honest story of New Zealand sportsman, adrenalin junkie and all round wild man Nick Chisholm whose life ground to a halt when he was struck by a major stroke during a game of rugby at the age of 27.

"He was left with a condition known to the medical profession as 'locked in syndrome', and to those who have experienced it as 'pure hell'. The play explores Nick's recovery, the many characters that surround and populate his life, and the unlikely road to true love, all of which sees Renee Lyons play no less than eight characters."

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On the art of advocating for access to the arts

Posted by Philip on 23 June 2013, 3:27 pm in , , , , , ,

Yesterday I spoke to the graduates of the first ever Arts Access Aotearoa Make A Difference Arts Advocacy Programme, which I've also been involved in designing and delivering. I said:

"I think the best possible impact of the programme would be to begin to develop a network of people who are committed to attending arts events, encouraging others to attend and having the courage to give both positive and constructive feedback to arts administrators and venue owners.

"Advocacy is a step beyond activism. Advocacy requires a constructive interaction between two parties to work together to identify areas of improvement and find solutions (whereas activism often only identifies problems).

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Attention Auckland arts advocates

Posted by Philip on 16 February 2013, 11:53 am in , , , ,

Diversityworks Trust has partnered with Arts Access Aotearoa to seek expressions of interest from Auckland artists with unique function/experience (disability) to participate in the Make –A –Difference Project 2013 and be trained as arts advocates. Up to 20 people will be accepted onto the programme.

There will be five workshops in total, starting on Saturday 23 March with an orientation workshop at Auckland Art Gallery.

The aim of the project is to see measurable improvements in the ways that arts organisations are inclusive of disabled people, and an increase in the number of disabled people accessing and participating in the arts.

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Disability arts, leadership and other things

Posted by Philip on 8 June 2011, 4:57 pm in , , , ,

Address to the Creative Spaces Network Forum convened by Arts Access Aotearoa Wednesday 8 June 2011 Museum Hotel, Wellington

Kia ora tatau katoa te whanau tapatapahi ana. Greetings my creative family. If this was an episode of “Stars in their Eyes”, I’d be saying, “Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be the Shirtless Dancing Guy.” But I’ll keep my shirt on. And I won’t dance.

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Diversity, creativity, change – with leadership from the arts

Posted by Philip on 28 November 2010, 11:31 am in , , , , ,

Last night I skyped with several artists involved in Liverpool's DadaFest and had a fascinating conversation about diversity, creativity, change and the arts.

This video begins at the end of my introduction where I talked about how I came to establish the International Guild of Disabled Artists & Performers (IGODAP).

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Putting a bit of fun into funding?

Posted by Philip Patston on 26 July 2010, 9:52 pm in , , ,

At Diversityworks Trust we take a wider view of "creativity" than just arts and culture. For example we are interested in how creativity can be used for benefit across several sectors, including the arts, education, business and social/community sectors, and our work at any given time may span more than one. Our issue is that funding streams are usually so narrow that any hint of a project crossing streams is seen by funders as a reason to say no, because it doesn't fit one particular stream's criteria.

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Our gig at 5th Plinth [video]

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 March 2010, 12:34 pm in , , , , ,

Tony and I played at 5th Plinth last weekend – we're at the end. Well done Uptown Arts Trust!

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