Friday November 29, 2013
On Wednesday 20 November Sunnyfield launched the UnBard TV program at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Parramatta. UnBard is an arts and disability-focused TV program which will be broadcast on Aurora (Foxtel’s community channel).
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, representing The NSW Premier, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP opened the event in front of Sunnyfield Patron Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC (Ret'd), Managing Director of Ricoh Australia, Les Richardson, representatives from Arts NSW and Accessible Arts, along with Don’t DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors Andrew Meddings, Yvette Smith and Shu-Hua Chan.
“The NSW Government is a strong supporter of the rights of people with disability, and Sunnyfield is to be commended for bringing the arts world, people with a disability and the community together in creating the UnBard TV program” Tanya Davies said.
“We are very excited to be launching Australia’s only Arts and Disability TV Program. Sunnyfield continues to look for innovative ways like the UnBard program to achieve its mission to enrich the lives of people with disability. These initiatives facilitate opportunities for those who wish to become professional artists by constructing supportive environments in which the artists can develop their talents and gain skills,” Chief Executive Officer of Sunnyfield, Caroline Cuddihy said.
Rachel Ward, Sunnyfield Ambassador said, “I'm extremely proud to support the Sunnyfield UnBard arts and TV program. UnBard will be Australia's first accessible creative community forum. It will engage and capture your imagination and open the doors for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to Sunnyfield on this ground breaking innovative project.”
"Sunnyfield is an organisation that does tremendous work to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and this initiative will create the opportunities for people with disability to express their creativity,” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC (Ret'd) said.
Sunnyfield is looking forward to collaborating with other arts and community organisations in making the UnBard and other similar initiatives in the future, a forum for the accessible community, culture and arts TV programs and independent film makers and artists living with disability.
This program has been endorsed and supported by Sunnyfield ambassador Rachel Ward, NSW Department of Families and Community Services and Parramatta City Council. Sunnyfield is a registered provider of supports for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. For more information, feel free to visit their website at www.sunnyfield.org.au.