Outlandish Arts is a disability-led, not-for-profit organisation. We assist artists and organisations by:

  • Applying for grant funding 
  • Contracting suitable venues
  • Booking accessible accommodation and transport
  • Connecting artists to local, national and international performance platforms
  • Managing tours
  • Guiding and mentoring the development of creative work
  • Promoting and marketing performers and their works
  • Organising auxiliary events – workshops, master classes, lectures etc.
  • Evaluation (e.g. audience feedback surveys)

Director

GAELE SOBOTT PhD is an independent producer and curator with national and international experience in multi-art forms. Through her cultural leadership Gaele has achieved significant standing in the Deaf and disabled arts sector. She is a writer who has published a range of acclaimed works including Colour Me Blue and My Longest Round. She was artist in residence at Google Australia, and was commissioned to write Zaphora and Ali for Urban Theatre Projects’ Home Country, Sydney Festival 2017.

Governance Team

GAYLE KENNEDY is a member of the Wongaiibon Clan of South West NSW. She worked for many years as policy officer at the Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council, NSW Attorney General’s Department. Gayle is an award-winning author. She wrote for Streetwize comics communicating social issues to young people, Indigenous communities and people of linguistically diverse backgrounds. Her publications include children’s novels for the OUP Yarning Strong series, Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ and Me, Antman & Fleabag.

TAMMY BRENNAN is an artist and producer with a multidisciplinary practice. She works with themes around mental health; suicide, sexual violence, and complex trauma. She is a survivor of sexual violence with lived-experience of post-traumatic stress disorder. Tammy has a Masters in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster. She worked as communications and marketing manager for Accessible Arts NSW, is currently a content producer for the Big Anxiety Festival and a freelance strategic communications consultant.

PARISA ASVADI PhD is a scientist with over ten years experience working on the development of novel biotherapeutics and biosimilars in Australia, Europe and India. Parisa’s interest in the arts and community has propelled her involvement as a board member at Auburn Community Development Network and Radio SkidRow. Parisa works as an English/Persian translator and interpreter and has published poetry and short stories in Persian.

LOUISE KATE ANDERSON lived in France where she studied at l’Université de Lumière Lyon 2. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is President of the artist-run-initiative the Big Fag Press where she produced the 2016 John Demos Memorial Residency Program. Louise is a curator, a multi-disciplinary artist, creative director and writer.

Mission

Outlandish Arts forges pathways that foster and expand the capacity of Australian artists to create art that transforms society. We shift the conditions that limit artist and audience access to the wider possibilities of creative expression and representation.

Vision

Outlandish Arts develops and promotes high-quality art with a focus on artists who do not have equal access to sustainable creative pathways and artistic platforms.

Strategic objectives

 

  • Prioritise support for artists who do not have equal access to mainstream forums, with specific emphasis on artists with disability;
  • Raise the aspirations of Australian artists;
  • Raise the quality of Australian art;
  • Provide local, national and international performance, exhibition and publication opportunities for Australian artists;
  • Develop alternative creative platforms and pathways in tandem to mainstream forums;
  • Nurture sector confidence in independent, flexible artistic frameworks;
  • Take risks that support artists to create work and gain recognition;
  • Build value for artists and their artwork by working to industry standards.