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Alter State Digital Launch

A celebration of disability, creativity and culture

person with white paint on their face, hair and neck. Feathers are covering their eyes.

Rodney Bell for Meremere by Movement of the Human. Photographer Tom Hoyle.

Alter State is a new disability arts festival presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria.

We will be launching Alter State with a free online program.

This program includes a series of talks and workshops to encourage audiences to connect with Deaf and Disabled artists and share their stories.

The Alter State digital launch event will take place from 9 – 13 November 2021.

The inaugural Alter State festival is planned for late 2022.

Find out about the whole program

We will be hosting 3 events this week all centring around the Museum of us. We will also be screening all of the works from the Museum of Us.

All events will be Auslan interpreted, Audio Described and Live captioned.

You can book tickets to all of our events through the Art Centre Melbourne website, by emailing or by calling 1300 182 183 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

The Museum of Us: Telling It Like It Is – Using Text For Change

Artists CB Mako, Ferris Knight and Woz join Caroline Bowditch in a panel discussion, sharing the choices they made for their Museum of Us commissions. After the Panel discussion, the audience will have an opportunity to jump into breakout rooms with the artists to considering what an accessible future is from participants’ perspectives.

When: Wednesday 10 November, 4 pm.

The Museum of Us: Deafuturama

Deaf artists Chelle Destefano, Elvin Lam and Ramas McRae will be joining Caroline Bowditch to discuss the work they made for the Museum of Us. The Panel will discuss:

  • where the work came from
  • why it felt important to make now
  • what the ideal cultural landscape is from a Deaf perspective

This panel will primarily be in Auslan with English interpretation provided.

When: Friday 12 November, 2 pm.

The Museum of Us: Embodiment Workshop

Raina Peterson will be leading a workshop inspired by their work ‘Stim Dance’ in the Museum of Us. The workshop aims to teach audiences playful techniques to release tension and express emotion, incorporating breath, mindfulness and movement.

When: Saturday 13 November, 4 pm.

The Museum of Us

Explore the future of accessibility through the lens of some of the State’s leading Deaf and Disabled artists. You can check out all of the Artists work who will be involved in the workshops as well as everyone else who was commissioned to create work for the Museum of Us.

Alter State is presented in partnership with Arts Access Victoria and Art Centre Melbourne with support from the Victorian Government.

The Museum of Us was supported by the Victorian Government through Victoria Together.

Telling It Like It Is – Using Text For Change, Deafuturama and Embodiment Workshop are supported by the City of Melbourne.

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