Tutti Arts was founded by Pat Rix as a small singing group for people with intellectual disability in Adelaide in 1997. As people from the wider community joined, the group quickly grew to become a choir of 40 members, drawing on both music and theatre for inspiration.
A professional playwright and composer, Pat became aware that talented people with disability lacked access to programs which developed the confidence and skills to make art.
In 2004, Pat created a 3 day per week performing arts program led by professional theatre makers and musicians. In 2006 a visual arts program began and by 2008, Tutti Arts had become a full-time multi arts hub offering a broad suite of programs across the visual, digital and performing arts to adults with a learning disability.
Now, over 200 artists a week accessed programs at three locations using NDIS funding. In addition to supporting the career pathways of an increasing number of individual artists, Tutti umbrellas three very successful disability led collectives: The Sisters of Invention, Company AT, and Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival.
Tutti Arts Timeline
- 1997 A small choir for people with disability created by Pat Rix
- 1998 Tutti’s first appearance at the High Beam Festival
- 1999 Canadian workshops for the 2001 KickstART! Festival
- 2000 Tutti Choir performs at Carols by Candlelight
- 2001 Tutti Choir incorporated to become Tutti Ensemble Inc.
- 2002 My Life, My Love won the critics’ ‘Light of the Festival’ Award
- 2003 Regional South Australia outreach program
- 2004 Performing Arts program established
- 2005 Between the Worlds tours to Victoria’s Awakenings Festival
- 2006 Visual Arts program commenced
- 2007 Poco Tutti created by Pat Rix and Philip Griffin
- 2008 Tutti Kids established by Pat Rix and Karen Inwood
Film & New Media program commenced
- 2009 American Premiere of Northern Lights, Southern Cross
- 2010 Tutti Choir performed at WOMADelaide
- 2011 Tutti and State Opera collaboration The Magic Flute
- 2012 Company AT moved under the Tutti Arts umbrella
- 2013 Major collaborative project with Indonesia, Tutti Berarti Semuanya, began
- 2014 Inaugural Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film and New Media Festival
- 2015 The Sisters of Invention released their debut album
World Premiere of Shedding Light, OzAsia Festival
- 2016 Intercultural cross-artform work BEASTLY! presented at the George Town and OzAsia Festivals
- 2017 Tutti programs expanded to Port Adelaide and the Barossa Valley
Tutti wins Arts South Australia’s Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Organisation
- 2018 Tutti’s trilateral multi arts work Say No More received rave reviews at the George Town and OzAsia festivals
- 2019 The Gathering Wave choir joined Tutti Arts
Tutti Arts successfully completed its first NDIS Audit
- 2020 Tutti moved its headquarters and Brighton programs to the new Tutti Arts Centre