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Artisits of all abilities and poets working together
A very special exhibition will open at the Kent Street Gallery on Friday 27 April. True Connections features the work of 10 artists created over six workshops held in early 2018 where artists with a disability worked together with other local artists. The idea was not for the artists with a disability to be mentored or taught but to work alongside each other. The result is an exhibition that demonstrates the power of allowing people of all abilities to share ideas, space and creative energy on an equal footing.
An important part of the process was to ask poets from WA Poets Inc. to write poetry to the art. The artwork provides inspiration for the poet and in some cases, the poet provides a voice for a non-verbal artist. The exhibition features one artwork from each artist and the poetry to complement it. The art is also for sale with the bulk of the proceeds going to the artist.
Artists Nathan and Claudine
The artists and poets who will be appearing as part of the exhibition include:
Artists David Brandstater and Jan Mason and poet Coral Carter
Artists Claudine Lhost and Nathan Palmer and poet Jane Davis
Artists Olivia Colja and Joel Grant and poet Ron Oakley
Artists Asta Lander and Chris Van and poet Val Neubecker
Artist Hanna Velenti and poet Gary De Piazzi
Artist Jackie Croall and poet Candice Raphael
True Connections is part of the 2018 Victoria Park Arts Season and both the workshops and the exhibition were made possible by a grant from the Town of Victoria Park. The event is also proudly supported by Creative Connections, Ability Centre, Intelife, Nulsen Disability Services, Creative and Cultural Development Department, Victoria Park Centre for The Arts, Jackson Art Supplies and WA Poets Inc.
Come and discover all the stories that have come out of the group and see their artwork on display and for sale.