26 Jul 2013
A year-long mentoring program has culminated in an exhibition featuring new work from eleven West Australian artists with disability.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day and Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the Here and Now 13 project was the result of a highly successful collaboration between a number of agencies and organisations with funding support provided by the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) and the Disability Services Commission (DS C).
The Ministers said the project is a key component of a new agreement between DCA and the Commission and was an outstanding example of the State Government’s commitment to developing strong partnerships and building a better society for all Western Australians.
“Projects such as Here and Now 13 create a greater understanding and appreciation of the work of artists with disability and provides opportunities for Western Australians with a disability to have greater opportunities to contribute to the cultural fabric of the State,” Mr Day said.
DCA provided funding to employ emerging curator Katherine Wilkinson to mentor the artists to foster creative development and increase their profile. Ms Wilkinson visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the League Artists Natural Design Studio and Gallery (LAND) in New York for professional development as part of the project, and worked with the artists to develop a mentoring program tailored to the needs of the individual.
Minister Morton said Here and Now 13 gave eleven Western Australian contemporary artists with disability the opportunity to develop their arts practice and showcase new work ranging from painting, sculpture, printmaking through to film and digital media.
“The State Government’s Count Me In vision is for all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone. Here and Now 13 is a great example of this in practice.
Image: Jane Ryan, A sun, 2013, Atelier acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, image courtesy and © the artist. Photo: Acorn Photo Agency, Perth.