Inclusiveness is key goal of art project

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

An exhibition and inclusive art program is being set up to provide artists living with a disability a platform to display their work and have it interpreted.

As part of Creative Connections Linking Northcliffe to Perth, the Northcliffe-based project organisers are looking for artists from the region and Perth to submit artwork.

One of the artists is Northcliffe’s Aimee Dickson, who puts out an annual calendar with her artwork.

Project co-coordinator Patti Ferber said they were looking for about 15-20 artists to get involved.

“The participating artists need to have complex needs but we would be open to other people with a disability to have a go, this whole project is about being inclusive,” she said.

Aimee’s mother and project co-coordinator Fiona Dickson said once participating artists had submitted their artwork in their preferred medium by the end of May, people were encouraged to interpret the work through their own creative medium.

“People can interpret the work in any way they want; poetry, painting, sculpture, story-telling, photography or whatever medium they want,” she said.

From the second school term, art workshops will also be held for people and provide them the possible opportunity to exhibit their work.

Workshop mentors will be Peter Hill, Tony Windberg, Claudette Rickman, Sam Harris and Gary De Piazzi.

The project will culminate in an exhibition at Painted Tree Gallery in Northcliffe from December 1 to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability.

The project is possible after the awarding of a $10,500 grant from the Community Arts Network.

For more information about how to be involved, email or call Mrs Dickson on 9776 7777.

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