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Second Echo removing barriers

TASMANIAN arts organisation Second Echo Ensemble thinks that now is the time to try a new support structure for diversity in the arts; one that recognises the creative contributions of all Tasmanians and offers a stable salary in these challenging times.

Second Echo Ensemble [SEE]’s mission is to redefine expectations of possibility and to challenge assumptions we hold about ourselves and others.

They make art to shake up stereotypes and give voice to untold stories.

They passionately believe that everyone, everywhere, has the right to thrive, to be seen, to be heard and to be a part of our community.

At the heart of SEE is an ensemble of diverse artists living with a range of abilities. Fifty per cent of the ensemble live with disability.

Through their innovative Pathway to Work Program they create opportunities for local artists to learn, train and work in the creative industries. SEE artists work two or three days per week on a 12-month fixed-term contract, on a salary in the range of $62,000 -$72,000 FTE (full-time equivalent).

Alongside their creative work, each artist has input to SEE’s core business matters as part of their job. They contribute insight into the strategic and operational plans.

SEE’s programs address the barriers which prevent disabled and marginalised people from realising their ambitions and finding employment within the creative industries.

“We employ them as artists living with disability alongside and as equals with their counterparts who do not identify as living with disability,” SEE Creative Director Kelly Drummond Cawthon said.

As Tasmania’s only fully professional inclusive arts company, SEE set an example for what is possible when barriers are removed and artistic exploration is prioritised.

Get in contact with Second Echo Ensemble to explore opportunities, your interests, strengths, and most importantly, your next step.

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