Presented by Accessible Arts
Now in its fourth year, ArtScreen is a prestigious program supporting artists with disability or who are d/Deaf to develop their creativity and careers through producing new video artworks.
Presented by Accessible Arts with support from Create NSW and in-kind support from MCA, Bus Stop Films and the Arts and Cultural Exchange, this innovative visual art project creates unique opportunities for artists. ArtScreen aims to broaden engagement with, and appreciation of, the distinctive insights and skills of artists with disability.
“These compelling works make an important contribution to the diversity of cultural expression in Sydney,” says Accessible Arts CEO Liz Martin. “Previous ArtScreen work has gone on to be further developed and selected for the Cannes Short Film Festival Independent Film category. We are extremely proud of this program and the opportunities it has created for the artists selected, as well as the audiences who are able to view and engage with the video artworks being created.”
“The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is delighted to partner with Accessible Arts to present ArtScreen 2023 and to premiere the works of these talented artmakers at the Museum,” says Suzanne Cotter, MCA Australia Director.
Artists Sofya Gollan and Guy Morgan were selected for the 2023 ArtScreen program. They have been mentored by experienced video artists Dani Pearce and Dr. Zanny Begg respectively. Their artworks will be screened between 30 November and 2 December in celebration of International Day of People with Disability.
The artworks will be screened on a loop and will feature Auslan interpreted, captioned and audio described versions. There will also be a Q&A Panel with the Artists on Saturday 2 December.
For more information, visit https://aarts.net.au/news/artscreen-2023-world-premiere/
About the Artists
Writer and Director Sofya Gollan is an award-winning filmmaker and a graduate from both NIDA and AFTRS. Her career spans a number of disciplines. As an actor she is best known for being on Play School for over 30 years, normalising disability onscreen well before it was recognised as essential representation. She is also a playwright and has been a Griffin Playwrights Studio Resident. As a filmmaker, she has been nominated for 4 AFI/ACCTA Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Director) for her films which have screened extensively across Australia and internationally. As a writer, director and developer, her work is informed by the experience of the outsider, seeking to illuminate these characters in contemporary storytelling.
ArtScreen Project: ‘THRESHOLD’
A cochlear implant is on… or off. Hearing doesn’t last. The threshold explores the echoes that play in the gap between on and off, between the state of being soundless and FULL OF SOUND.
Guy Morgan’s art practice is eclectic, but he is best known for his work in portraiture. He was a finalist in the Archibald Prize (twice) and has also appeared in the Moran Prize and Salon des Refusés. He holds a Master of Studio Arts (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts and served on the Academic Board. Between 2017-2020 he was a Board Member of Arts Access Australia. Currently Guy teaches painting as part of the Pine Street Creative Tutor Panel for City of Sydney.
ArtScreen Project: ‘Written with a finger on a steamed-up window’
The video’s success is its ability to connect with many types of audiences in a non-threatening, human way. It provides insights into disability arts; the ongoing inequality artists (and audiences) within disability face, and encourages greater access, inclusion, understanding and coverage of the issues in social and mainstream media.