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Opera Australia awarded for innovative Auslan program; Sascha Parkinson wins Architects Medallion.
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Auslan interpreter and Ashley Giles as Figaro in The Barber of Seville NSW 2014. Photo credit Ben Symons

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Opera Australia announced as 2014 National Disability Awards finalist

Opera Australia has been announced as a finalist for the Improving Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award for its unique Auslan Shadow Interpreting Program. Opera Australia is among 23 finalists chosen from over 200 nominations received across eight award categories.


Opera Australia partnered with Deaf Children Australia to present an innovative Auslan Shadow Interpreting Program as part of its popular Schools Tours, which played in primary schools and theatres across Victoria and New South Wales in 2014.

Opera Australia’s Auslan Shadow Interpreting Program moves beyond the tradition of having interpreters stand side stage and fully incorporates the interpreters into the performances with stage direction and costumes; offering a far richer experience for a deaf and hard-of-hearing audience. 

'At Opera Australia, we believe that opera is for everybody so we are very honoured that our work with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community has been recognised,' said Sandra Willis, Executive Producer - Touring & Outreach.

'We want all our audience to feel engaged with our productions and shadow-interpreting helps remove any distance deaf audience members may have felt because it is a much more comprehensive theatre going experience,' she said.

Winner of the annual Architects Medallion announced at Sydney Opera House

This year’s winner is young architect graduate, Sascha Parkinson bucking the trend in the male dominated profession where only 24% of the profession are women. 

Sascha hails from Newcastle and has won for her ground breaking proposal in relation to the redevelopment of Newcastle’s CBD and high speed rail. Her eco-friendly proposal seeks to restore both natural systems and reinvigorate previous historical landmarks in the city.

Sascha Parkinson accepts Architects Medallion

Winning this prize is a coveted award and considered to be a sign of big things to come. Previous winners of the Architects Medallion include Richard Johnson, Ric Le Plastrier and Richard Francis Jones.


Community-oriented projects dominate the National Architecture Awards

 Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 National Architecture Awards have announced their winners for 2014.

The event was hosted by Myf Warhurst at the Darwin Convention Centre this week. A total of 43 awards and commendations were given to 36 projects across the 12 national categories.

The selection jury, led by Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier, was particularly impressed with the volume and quality of this year’s community based projects.

‘It is encouraging that so many projects embodied best practice with informed clients, effective procurement methods, appropriate funding models and intelligent architecture. This provides us with great optimism for the future of our public spaces – an area that has so often delivered dispiriting outcomes,’ Jury Chair Paul Berkemeier said.

Projects honoured include a mental health facility that boasts a welcoming domestic feel, a primary school for the diverse local population and a pro-bono surf club that protects an adjacent penguin habitat.

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Melbourne based video-artist honoured with Ian Potter commission

Celebrated Melbourne artist Daniel Crooks has been awarded the prestigious Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC) of $100,000.

Since 1998 Crooks has exhibited his work throughout Australia and internationally. His video works possess both digital and organic aesthetic qualities, revealing rhythm and movement within still images.

The trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Lady Potter AC said “we are delighted that Daniel is the winning candidate as we have been keeping an eye on his work since he was awarded a grant from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to undertake a visual arts residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2004. He is very clever, and his new work promises to take his career to the next level.”

An edition of Crooks’ new work will enter the ACMI Collection alongside works by renowned Australian and international artists including Angelica Mesiti, along with works by Anthony McCall, Bill Viola, Candice Breitz, Ian Burns and Warwick Thornton

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