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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 - (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 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
                                                                                                still life
                                                                                          mixed media
                                                                                            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,
                                                                                            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,
                                                        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,
                                                                                       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 

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:

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:

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