A celebration of local Deaf and Disabled Artists
The Emerald Hill precinct will come alive with exhibitions, activities and performances from local Deaf and Disabled artists on Saturday 24 July for Thrive Festival alongside of Open House Melbourne. This new, free festival is held at several creative venues, including Arts Access Victoria, Nebula, Temperance Hall, Gasworks Art Park and the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, and more! The festival is from 10:30am – 4:30pm, beginning with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. The heart of the festival is Arts Access Victoria’s accessible, state of the art portable venue, Nebula, which will be located outside the front of the South Melbourne Town Hall.
Thrive is an exciting program presenting performances, visual art and film inspired by the geography of Emerald Hill. Local Deaf and Disabled artists received grants from the City of Port Phillip for professional development to produce their work.
The program includes artists Joe Monteleone, Heidi Everett, Samsara Dunston, Adam Knapper, Hugh McNab, Ryan New, Daniel Coulson, Dave Houston with students from Port Phillip Specialist School, and Sabina Knox.
Australian Tapestry Workshop will also run Auslan and audio described tours to give a rare up-close glimpse of the most detailed artform, and the Emerald Hill Library are offering activities for children with disability. All of the venues will also offer building tours as part of Open House Melbourne.
Thrive Festival is produced by Arts Access Victoria, in partnership with City of Port Phillip.
Thrive Festival will present work that is audio described, captioned and Auslan Interpreted where relevant. Volunteers and access workers are available on the festival day for assistance, venues will have social stories and a designated quiet room. The festival guide will detail access provision, and this website will host audio description mp3s of the visual arts work.
Click here for the City of Port Phillip Access Map
We are looking for Festival volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at Thrive Festival, register your details on the volunteer call out form
Questions and Feedback
For information, sponsorship opportunities, questions or feedback, contact Creative Producer Sarah Houbolt
Partners and Sponsorship
Thrive Festival is proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria in partnership with City of Port Phillip.
with support from
Opened Captioning (all audience can view)
Touch or tactile tour
Access Support Workers (Yes)
Registered Assistance & Companion Animals welcome