Radical Access Commission

Radical Access is a partnered program by Melbourne Fringe and Arts Access Victoria, designed to benefit Deaf and Disabled artists, arts-workers, and audiences by increasing access and improving social inclusion and mental health outcomes in the arts sector for people who are Deaf or Disabled. Chunky Move is excited to come on board as a co-commissioning partner to centre work by Deaf and disabled artists in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and help support artists to excel.

Chunky Move x Melbourne Fringe

The Radical Access Commission is delivered in partnership between Chunky Move and Melbourne Fringe, and supported by Arts Access Victoria. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory funding, and by the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Creative Investment Partnerships Program.

Artist Fayen d'Evie poses with a blue sculpture.

Photo by Jacquie Manning

Chunky Move and Melbourne Fringe are thrilled to announce the selection of Fayen d’Evie as the recipient of our Radical Access Commission.

This $40,000 commission is for an experienced dance or movement artist who identifies as Deaf or Disabled to create a brand-new work that responds to the creative provocation of ‘Radical Access’ and is a force for increased accessibility in the arts sector.

On top of the $40k, Fayen will also get studio space at Chunky Move, production, marketing and producing support, dedicated access funds and artistic mentorship and guidance from Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre, Michelle Ryan and Chunky Move Artistic Director, Antony Hamilton.

About Fayen

Fayen is an artist and writer, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and now living in the bushlands of unceded Jaara country, Australia.

Fayen’s projects are often collaborative, and resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks. Fayen draws on blindness to propose critical and imaginative ways of navigating uncertainty and the precarious; handling the tangible, intangible, and concealed; and documenting ephemeral encounters through hallucinatory recall.

Fayen has exhibited at renowned locations including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, TarraWarra Biennial, and the State Museum of Vadim Sidur (Mosco), among others. She is a lecturer in the Masters of Communication Design programme of RMIT University, a candidate for a PhD in Curatorial Practice at Monash University, and is the founder of independent imprint 3-ply.