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Platform Live to shine a light on artists with disability with no-holds-barred

Image in black and white colours of Gayle Kennedy wearing a felt hat and beads. Source: Platform Live website

“They (the public) will be able to see what kind of work we are doing, how exciting and creative we are; and not just think of our art as just some form of therapy. Most of us actually make our living from our art practice.” – Gayle Kennedy

Key points
  • Platform Live will gather the boldest, funniest, creative, and most provocative artists and performers with disability

  • Broadcasting live on Saturday 27 June, Platfom Live comprises four online sessions

  • The one-day festival will be supported by audio description, closed captions and Auslan.


 

Platform Live is a one-day online festival bringing together some of Australia’s boldest, funniest, creative, and most provocative artists and performers with disability.

Considered one of Australia’s best wordsmiths, award-winning writer and commentator on Indigenous affairs, Gayle Kennedy is one of the performers in the festival. 

Talking to NITV Radio, Gayle Kennedy said she hopes that the general public will be watching as well and a lot is expected from the one-day event.

Organisers want to shine a light on artists with disability and open up avenues that are currently either unavailable to them or from which they are simply excluded.

“I hope that curators from other festivals will be watching as well and will be able to look at the artists and maybe think very seriously about inviting them or giving them space in their festivals like the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Arts Festival,” Gayle Kennedy said. 

She is urging people to prepare before the event (starting on Saturday June 27 at 2pm); look up the Platform 1 Facebook page, or google Platform  Live, and see who is on and who they might want to check out online. 

“They’ll be able to see what kind of work we are doing, how exciting and creative we are, and not just think of our art as just some form of therapy. Most of us actually make our living from our art practice. “ 

Many of us have kept quiet about our disability because perhaps we thought it would impact on people from hiring us; but it is becoming a different world now.

“I see with the advent of online work, the Covid-19; the pandemic has opened up all kinds of possibilities for people with a disability to actually engage in festivals and engage in various arts.”

Gayle Kennedy’s performance will comprise a reading from her book, Me, Antman and Fleabag. Though it was her very first book it would go on to  spur many other publications and ideas.

“I wanted to read something light-hearted, making a comment of society, not hit the head with it.”

Commenting on the ongoing crises with a pandemic and race protests across the globe Gayle Kennedy urges  people to watch out particularly with the pandemic and take necessary precautions to avoid exacerbating the health crisis for themselves and the community.

As for the Black Lives Matter movement Gayle Kennedy believes no lives matter as long as Black lives don’t matter equally.

Organisers of Platform Live promise to entertain, provoke, amuse and astound - and maybe dispel a few misconceptions about the type of work that artists with disability make.

 

 

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