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.
In 2004, Tutti started to expand by creating a performing arts program. In 2006, a visual arts program began. By 2008, Tutti Arts had become a full-time multi arts hub. It offered programs in visual, digital and performing arts to adults and children with learning disability.
In the following decade, Tutti became home to three disability led collectives: Company AT, Sit Down Shutup and Watch and The Sisters of Invention.
2017 was a year of expansion. Tutti began to offer visual arts programs in Port Adelaide and the Barossa Valley. The roll out of the NDIS brought major changes to the way that Tutti operated and how people accessed programs.
Now, over 200 artists take part in Tutti programs each week.
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