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The 'ArtAbiliteam' floating on a river of exquisite art that has already begun to flood in... Thank you artists for your generous creative contributions.
                                                                               Art is a living organism,
                                                                                  the soul of the world.
                                         When words fail to describe the bitter sweetness of nostalgia,
                                                                                          there is art.
                                                                              The child is non-verbal,
                                                     his drawings speak more than any word can say…
                                        And how the depth of the bond between him and his mother
                                                                      is showcased through her words
                                                                                    describing his art.
                                                                      How the art connects them both
                                                                        between a place that once was
                                                            and a place that may never be there again.
 
                                                                            If she comes from a country,
                                                                         where women are encouraged
                                                                                          to stand back,
                                                                              speak softly or not at all…
                                                      But how loudly her voice shines through her art,
                                                              how the ink blotches signifies her pain,
                                         how through the darkness she has emerged into the light,
                                                                how cleverly she has woven her story,
                                                                                         like a tapestry…
                                                       How every brush stroke holds so much emotion,
                                                             where the tears mixed with water colour
                                                                   and how something new emerged
                                                                                        from the ashes
                                                                                    and she was reborn
                                                                     and she was never the same again.
 
                                                                      Art showcases the very heart of love
                                                                                               laughter
                                                                                             friendship
                                                                                               passion
                                                                                              sunshine
                                                                                                 nature
                                                                                                still life
                                                                                               abstracts
                                                                                         impressionists
                                                                                                murals
                                                                                               mosaics
                                                                                                graffiti
                                                                                              collages
                                                                                             montages
                                                                                          mixed media
                                                                                          photography
                                                                                              graphics
                                                                                            animations
                                                                                               fashion
                                                                                                  food
                                                                                                 travel
                                                                                             jewellery
                                                                                             people…
                                                                                            It’s all art!
 
                                                                                     Art can scare you,
                                                                       shake you out of your very skin.
                                                                                     It can engulf you,
                                                                                        submerge you,
                                                                                         catapult you…
                                                                                  It creates  catharsis,
                                                                                             healing
                                                                                              peace
                                                                                            serenity
                                                                                         confusion
                                                                                            enigma -
                                                                                          the artist,
                                                                                        a magician,
                                                                                     crafting magic
                                                                                 with the deft swoop
                                                                                   of a brush stroke
                                                                              or the delicate drizzle
                                                                                 of metallic flakes…
 
                                                             Art creates healthy outlets for seniors,
                                                                                    aids well being,
                                                                                               rest,
                                                                                        relaxation…
                                                        Art ignites the spark in our inner children,
                                                                               allows us to dream,
                                                                                          envision,
                                                                                          imagine,
                                                                      create a world we wish to see…
 
                                                                How an expression can be captured -
                                                                                a twinkle in the eye,
                                                                         a leaf rustling in the wind,
                                                                      the glazed stillness of a pond,
                                                                          dew drops on carnations,
                                                                             paw prints on wet earth,
                                                                               feathers of a flamingo,
                                                                             shoes of a ballet dancer -
                                                                               laid out for the viewer
                                                                            to be floored and moved
                                                                   by this living breathing creation.
                                                                                    The birth of art.
                                                                How the artist breathes life into it,
                                                        how transformative the whole process is…
 
                                                                                   Art is everywhere,
                                                                                       in everything.
                                                                               Everyone is an artist.
                                                                                          Life is art.
                                                                            Our emotions the paint,
                                                                              our world the canvas.
                                                          Have faith in your powers as a creator,
                                                                                 create your world
                                                                    and share your world with us
                                                                                at ArtAbility 2015
                                                                              Future Landscapes.
 
                                                              May the whole world be your oyster,
                                                              may you glide upon the waves of life,
                                                              floating on top of a canvas of colour.

                                                    

ArtAbility®'s 2015 Future Landscapes has landed! 
Here we have artists of varying ages, from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds coming together in the name of creation and story telling through imagery. This year we have new and emerging communities joining us at the workshops and new artists creating from home as well. We are offering holistic, relaxing workshops from a variety of venues - where artists get a chance to mingle with like-minded people, raise their artist profiles, forge new career paths, boost their self esteem and even sell their pieces at the annual exhibition held at Fed Square. 
































ADEC's ArtAbility® art car project 
2014-2015:



An example and one of the many highlights in 2014 was ADEC’s ArtAbility® program collaborating with Carers Victoria to develop a series of workshops held over 8 weeks in Footscray and Flemington and attended by 30 individual participants ranging in age from 7 years old to 60. Carers and care recipients from the Vietnamese Australian community organisation, the African Australian community centre and the Turkish carers’ group attended the workshops. The ARTCAR resulted for collaboration between artist participants and facilitators in these workshops.

Participants from all nationalities were involved in the workshops which were trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Artists shared their stories through art to celebrate their culturally rich histories. The workshops provided an opportunity for the artists to experiment creatively and enjoy the process of art making while challenging their own assumptions about their creative capacity.

The ArtAbility
® workshops also initiated stronger links between service providers in the North and the West for ADEC clients. This positive collaboration generated a space for participants to develop the artistic skills to ‘transition’ from a position of marginalisation. Having an identity as an artist allows participants to transcend (even momentarily) the stigma associated with disability and mental illness.

Looking forward, ADEC’s ArtAbility® aims to continue to build on this Transitional Space and grow a strong sense of connectedness in community for our clients.

Any enquiries regarding sponsorship, contact ArtAbility® Coordinator Tara Patwardhan Kalra  on (03) 9480 1666 


ADEC's ArtAbility® art car is going to be at the Australian Motoring Festival:



When: Thursday, 26th - Sunday, 29th of March 2015
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Time: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 8pm
        : Sunday 10am - 6pm



ArtAbility® Exhibition 2014:


















ART ABILITY® 2014 
Celebrating 10 Years
 
ArtAbility® is an inspiring visual arts program run by ADEC that unites a range of talented artists of all ages, from a variety of cultures who are living with a disability.
ArtAbility® is a yearlong project made up of regular art workshops. The workshops are structured to provide opportunities for creativity, while also addressing psychosocial rehabilitation and skill building. It is also important to mention that all art groups are facilitated in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner and that workshops will be facilitated by the project coordinators, art therapists and professional artists. Workshops will also be developed to foster creative flow and will include drawing and using as inspiration found objects, multimedia and new technologies, photography and collage. Participants will meet at the end of each workshop to share and discuss their artworks, to receive feedback, compliments and suggestions and to determine work plans for their creations.

Transitional Spaces

Now in its 10th year, the ArtAbility® program is made up of art workshops that run all year and culminate into an end of year exhibition at Federation Square in December. ArtAbility® showcases multiple artworks from over 100 artists of all ages who are living with a disability or an experience of mental ill health and who come from culturally diverse backgrounds across Victoria. 

ArtAbility® provides the contributors the chance to be seen as “Artists” by their peers, families and the community in general while promoting a message of ability rather than disability, strength in diversity and personal empowerment through engagement with the broader community.

Via the ArtAbility® program and exhibition, we look to provide a platform on which these artists can express their culturally rich personal journeys to some 40,000 members of the general public.
Over 100 artists exhibit up to 200 works of art free from judgment of any disability they may have. This exhibition also provides the artist a platform on which they may have a louder voice in the greater community of Victoria.

You can become involved in ArtAbility®, either as an artist, volunteer or as a sponsor by contacting the Artistic and General Coordinator, on 9480 1666 or via email: artability@adec.org.au





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