Our exhibition's official poster is now up. Come for our show! A massive thank you shout out to all our generous sponsors for making our dream a reality.
ArtAbility® and Carers Victoria's next workshop focused on exploring the tactile therapeutic earthiness of clay.
The group dived right into the clay and created a variety of fascinating shapes. From men travelling in little canoes to nests filled with birds and eggs, from various kinds of flowers to bowls of different sizes... There were mythical creatures and there were practical objects of use, there were things to take home as show pieces and for the kids to play with. Use clay for its soothing, gentle qualities and ability to bring about mindfulness, stillness, a grounded feeling and calm.
ArtAbility® and Carers Victoria's forth workshop focused on the latest trend in art therapy.
You guessed it! Colouring for adults! Using traditional ancient colouring patterns from Turkey and China, the group applied water colour pencils and paint to these luxurious extra special colouring sheets. For your own copy posted to your very front door, visit - www.pepinpress.com (Artists' Colouring Book - 16 designs printed on high-quality drawing paper).
ArtAbility® and Carers Victoria's third workshop, a beautiful, brightly coloured collaboration.
Lead by one of the talented carers in the Burmese group, who shared with everyone her unique style of art making - paper mosaic. Here are some of the layered and intricate patterns they created. This amazing lady is already in high demand. One incredible and valuable organisation has already snapped her up to lead some of their art workshops. Hurrah for the arts and the abundance it brings!
Carers Victoria's generosity and support gave us the chance to create extra special workshops for a group of Burmese carers.
Over the first two sessions the group tried out two kinds of art processes:
1) Using vegetables and stamp pads to create indigenous inspired stationary
2) Using glass beads, paper flowers, sticks and shells to decorate wooden knickknacks to be used around the home
Exploring tactile therapy using clay, water, tools and found objects with the Chinese Carers Group.
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
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
It’s all art!
Art can scare you,
shake you out of your very skin.
It can engulf you,
It creates catharsis,
with the deft swoop
of a brush stroke
or the delicate drizzle
of metallic flakes…
Art creates healthy outlets for seniors,
aids well being,
Art ignites the spark in our inner children,
allows us to dream,
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org