Authors: City of Port Phillip
Event: 2004 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: City of Port Phillip Access Arts creates visual and performing arts opportunities for people living with a mental illness or a disability. Initiatives include the RAG Theatre Troupe, the BiPolar Bears and KickstART Contemporary Art, which have established an unparalleled reputation in Australia for innovation and excellence in local government for arts created by people with mental illness. Highlights over the past eleven years include: The RAG Theatre Troupe tour to Canada’s Madness and Arts World Festival; the development of an education kit and video was developed to meet the demand for information about the RAG Theatre Troupe’s methods of devising theatre based on the experience of mental illness; tours of regional Victoria; the BiPolar Bears performances and workshops at the Asia Pacific Wataboshi Music Festival in Brisbane; the release of the BiPolar Bears debut CD in 2003 and many performances and exhibitions at community festivals, arts events and conferences. Description of Facility/Organisation: The City of Port Phillip Access Arts is a local government initiative based in Council’s Arts and Festivals Unit. Developed to cater for the diversity within the City of Port Phillip which includes a relatively high number of people with mental illness due to the level of supported accommodation in the area. Area served: The City of Port Phillip – St Kilda, South Melbourne, Port Melbourne. Access Arts Budget: $61,000; Funding source: The City of Port Phillip; Staff numbers: 1 part-time Access Arts Development Officer (20hrs); 3 part-time arts workers (2-4hrs/week for 25-48 weeks/year); 1 part-time support staff (2-4hrs/week for 25-48 weeks/year); No. of active clients: 44. Audience numbers over one year: 3000+.