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Art takes centre stage in Alice Springs for two local artists

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Getting ready for Second Hand Saturday at Little Dragon’s Dance Studio are Suzanne Whiteman, Alex Peterson, Lee Evans and Rebecca Rose.

Art is a means of expression and can provide the opportunity for everyone, of every ability, to express themselves.

Long term local artists and  disability advocates Suzanne Whiteman and Jeremy Hawkes will be heading to Alice Springs next week as part of the Meeting Place conference that brings together artists with disability and industry leaders in an accessible and supported space to discuss the latest in arts and disability.

Suzanne and Jeremy have been selected to receive the Art Access Australia’s grant to attend the annual event. This will cover their travel and accommodation costs to attend.

Suzanne Whiteman is the director of the Little Dragons Integrated Community group for people of all ages and abilities that is based in Alstonville. She is well known for her work with artists with disability for over thirty years in the northern rivers and throughout Asia and for integrating them into the broader community through dance, drama, creative arts and music. Suzanne has presented on numerous occasions at national and international conferences and events and will also present workshops at the Meeting Place Arts and Disability conference next week.

Jeremy Hawkes is an established artist and has been exhibiting for over twenty five years. He also works in policy and governance and has secured both state and federal funding for disability-led community arts projects and professional development opportunities such as Meeting Place. He has a focus on regional development and is a well known disability and arts advocate.

Second Hand Saturday

This weekend the Little Dragons Integrated Group will be participating in Second Hand Saturday to raise money for the studio before Suzanne and Jeremy head off to the conference.

‘We are hoping to return home and share our new knowledge and experiences with other artists and art workers across the Northern Rivers,’ said Suzanne.

This will happen through the workshops that Suzanne and Jeremy will run during Social Inclusion Week in November and December at the Alstonville Dance Studio.

‘The Little Dragons group is holding its annual Fundraising Garage sale as part of the Second Hand Saturday to raise money for the workshops which will be open to ALL on Sunday December 2 at the Studio,’ said Suzanne.

For more information contact Suzanne on 0428 748 294, or email: [email protected]

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