Media releases


‘The Story behind Shedding Light’ exhibition

Media release
August 2015

Exhibition: 09 – 30 September, 2015
Opening: Thursday 17 September, 6pm
Opening Speakers: Associate Professor Anton Lucas, (Flinders University) & Bu Nining (Journalist, disability activist and Perspektif Coordinator)
Venue: Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building, Level 3, UniSA City West Campus, 55 North Terrace ADELAIDE

This exhibition reveals the unfolding relationship between new and emerging disabled artists in Adelaide and Yogyakarta. Its origin lies in a visit by Indonesian writer and activist Khairani Barokka in 2013 and a return visit by Tutti artists and staff to Indonesia one year later. These visits created a surge of interest in both countries and led to the creation of a sister group Perspektif, under the leadership of esteemed Indonesian artist Moelyono.

Using film, animation, and mixed media, artists from Tutti and Perspektif have chronicled some of the ideas and themes behind the installation works and performances which will feature in ‘Shedding Light’ as part of the 2015 OzAsia Festival.

This exhibition claims a space for Disabled artists in the international arts conversation and illuminates the increasing global reach of disability culture.

Artist Talk: Friday 25 September, 11am
Title: Point to Point: Points of similarity and Points of difference

Point to Point is your opportunity to hear first-hand the different perspectives of self-identified disabled artists, cultural advisers and professional artists involved in the growing relationship between emerging artists from Tutti Arts in Adelaide and Perspektif, a newly formed visual arts organisation for children and young people with disabilities in Yogyakarta. Through age and cultural differences Art has become their language of choice and this artist talk, interpreted conventionally and in Sign language for both languages will reveal the discovery of common ground and how both groups have began to explore it through Art.

The panel discussion was facilitated by Dr Roslyn von der Borch from the Flinders Asia Centre and included Laksmayshita Khanza Larasati Carita (Performing and Visual artist), Andika Indra Seputra (Perspektif Facilitator and Visual artist), Harta Nining Wijaya (Journalist/Activist), Moelyono (Visual Artist & Founder of Perspektif), James Kurtze (New Media Artist), Scott Pyle (Visual Artist), Kimberley Sellers (Visual Artist), Patricia Wozniak (Visual Artist/ Curator) and Pat Rix (Artistic Director & Founder of Tutti Arts).

Presented by:  The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.  Partners include Tutti Arts, Flinders University Centre for Asian Studies, The Australian Indonesian Association of SA and Perspektif, Yogyakarta.

Tutti means ‘everyone’ and is an inclusive multi arts community with the vision of taking the work of Disabled Artists to the World.

Patricia Wozniak Visual Arts Coordinator, Tutti Arts

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‘The Magic Flute’

Media release
August 24, 2011

Mozart classic has a new look for Tutti, State Opera and Cirkidz
South Australia’s leading community arts organisation, the award winning Tutti Inc., will embark on one of its most ambitious collaborations to date with State Opera of South Australia (SOSA) and Cirkidz to present a new adaptation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

The season of ten performances (previewing 22 September opening 23rd and concluding on 2 October) will be held in the State Opera Studio 216 Marion Road Netley. Bookings may be made through Bass 131 246 and online

The production, which is set in the colourful world of the Circus of the Sevenfold Seal of the Sun, marks the second collaboration between Tutti and SOSA Director Cheryl Pickering is devising a new version of this enchanting story for a kaleidoscope of performers, including the Tutti performing arts ensemble, forty Tutti choir members and the Livewirez troupe from Cirkidz together with opera singers from SOSA. The production’s music director Richard Chew is reorchestrating the music for a theatre band and has written a fresh contemporary translation especially for this production. The show will feature designs by Bec Francis and lighting by Nic Mollison.

The cast will include two husband and wife teams of opera singers – Joanna McWaters and Andrew Turner, and Robbie McFarlane and Kate Wyatt, as well as Naomi Hede, Deborah Caddy, Jayne Hewetson and Alistair Brasted. Naomi is this year’s winner of the State Opera Aria Competition, in which Kate Wyatt also featured as a finalist.

Producer Pat Rix said, ‘The topsy turvy world of the circus offers a fabulous opportunity for Tutti, Cirkidz and State Opera to create a whole new Flute hallucination in which age, gender and (dis)ability are up for grabs and Tutti’s most experienced soloists have their day! It’s wonderful to see the faces of Tutti performers discovering they can leap and balance, catch hoops and even plate twirl.’

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Tutti presents One

Tutti presents One, a premiere theatre performance, featuring Joel Hartgen, Trish Ferguson, Jane Hewitt, Alistair Brasted and Jackie Saunders. With a stellar creative team, led by director, Daisy Brown (Ruby Bruise, Gorge, Mutzenball), Wendy Todd: Designer (Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy), Mario Spate: Composer (Ruby Bruise, Fastest Boy in the World) and Juha Vanhakartano: Lighting Designer, One is sure to provoke and surprise audiences.
Opening Night: 20th May, 7:30pm
Season runs from Thursday 19th May until Saturday 28th May, various times.
Queen’s Theatre, Playhouse Lane, Adelaide
Price: $20 full price/$15 concession/$10 schools & previews
Companion Card accepted
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The Idea of North in Concert with Tutti

The Idea of North, Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary vocal quartet, was 2010 ARIA winner for Best Jazz Album and has been ABC Jazz & Classics No #1 Selling Artist for 5 years. While the quartet is in Adelaide performing at the Fringe Festival, Tutti singers have had a fantastic opportunity to participate in a series of vocal workshops with members of this quartet. These workshops will culminate in a combined concert, an event not to be missed!
Thursday, March 10th, 7.30pm
Venue: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Community Centre,
420 Seaview Rd., Henley Beach
Tickets: $15 (available at door: companion card accepted)
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Tutti presents 10 Ways to Love

A tragicomic exploration of the ways in which people with disability struggle to find love and companionship in a bleak world of tenements and pop songs. 31 July – 7 August at The Opera Studio, State Opera.
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The Tutti Choir and The Choir of Hope and Inspiration Combined Concert

Tutti and the Choir of Hope and Inspiration will present a concert at Adelaide Town Hall at 4.30, Sunday 19 September.
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Tutti presents Let It Shine, a midwinter concert to warm the heart.

Hot on the heels of Tutti’s acclaimed Adelaide Fringe production of The Shouting Fence, and an unforgettable blues and gospel concert at St Peters Cathedral in April, Tutti teams up with Anglicare SA to present the annual mid-winter concert Let It Shine at 2.30pm on 19 July at Christ Church, North Adelaide.
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Tutti Ensemble presents ‘The Shouting Fence‘ at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival in collaboration with State Opera.

The Australian Premiere of The Shouting Fence is a cantata for youth and community choirs and professional singers. Written by Richard Chew and Orlando Gough, this work was first presented at the South Bank in London in 1998 and has since been performed many times throughout the UK and the Netherlands.
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Tutti launches exciting new program Tutti Kids.

A partnership between Tutti Inc and Novita Childrens Services, Tutti Kids is a radical new early intervention arts program which supplements therapy services, using activity based programs which involve recreation, imagination, creativity, artistic expression, excitement, and fun. Providing children aged between two and fifteen with the opportunity to explore music, movement, singing and imaginary play, Tutti Kids is aimed at building confidence, self esteem and developing creativity, benefiting education and offering pathways to ongoing participation in the Arts.

The launch of Tutti Kids will take place on Saturday 14 February at 2.00 pm at the Odeon Theatre, Norwood, and will be officially opened by the Honorable Jennifer Rankine, Minister for Disability, and Minister for Families and Communities.
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2008 and earlier

Tutti Visual Artist Charlie Taplin exhibits at AARTBOXX.08

Charlie Taplin has been with Tutti since 2006. He has recently had the honour of having his paintings displayed in the Marie Hart Galleries at Holdfast Marina, Glenelg for the SALA 2008 exhibit, where all his work sold on opening night. He also exhibited his work in the Pepper Street Arts Centre 2008 Exhibition. “There is a purity about Charlie’s art,” says Marie Hart, daughter of the renowned Pro Hart. “Charlie is pure talent, and his work reminds me of aboriginal art. In fact, the director of a well known gallery in Adelaide recently mistook one of Charlie’s paintings for an Emily!” (Emily Kame Kngwarreye).
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Tutti wins National Music Award

Best program for the disadvantaged. Winner: Tutti Ensemble Inc, (SA) ($4,000)
Adelaide-based Tutti has a national reputation for its innovative programs for people with disabilities. For the past 10 years, Tutti has been offering opportunities to talented school leavers and emerging singers and musicians with a disability to create and perform new music with professional artists. Two of their critically acclaimed music-theatre works My Life My Love 2002 and Northern Lights, Southern Cross’ 2007 have won awards.
Judges’ comment: ‘Tutti is a kind of under-the-radar national treasure, using music making and performance opportunities to break down barriers. It is social inclusion and artistic excellence combined – a tremendous mix.’
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Tutti in ‘Mission Ignition’ at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for World Youth Day July 10

Tutti is conducting the ‘Sing for Life’ Project which aims to celebrate and promote awareness of the abilities and achievements of young people with disabilities. This experience is affording all involved an unprecedented opportunity to discuss themes important to themselves and humanity in general.
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As part of the 2008 16th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People (ASSITEJ), Urban Myth Theatre of Youth (featuring Tutti Artists and the Tutti Choir) are proud to present ‘CURFEW’ – an epic production looking at the issues surrounding youth curfews in Australia.
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