It’s giving Differently Abled Artists a Platform
living with disability are looked up to and admired in Melbourne
By David W
Throughout history there are examples of artists living with
disability whom have found international recognition through their production of amazing works of art.
Unfortunately few received the recognition and reward they deserved within their
Opportunities for Artists living with disability to exhibit their
skills do not yet occur in sufficient numbers in Australia there are an incredible number of talented Artists
nationwide. All that is needed is an increase in locations and organizations with the enthusiasm to provide
the opportunity to Exhibit and resultantly further the opportunity for artists to express themselves in a way
that transcends any impairment in order to be recognized for their skill and
There is an opportunity in Australia now thanks to ADEC (Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc.) originally established in 1982
“Empowering people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds” In 2005 ADEC organized the first of their now
annual ArtAbility® Exhibitions which are held in December
each year at Federation Square in Melbourne. Each year the exhibitions have a chosen theme typically “Dreams”
“Destinations” have been subjects.
There is no limit to the various ways that Art can be a means towards
equitable recognition of personal ability, and now thanks to ADEC and other charities and exhibitions a growing form of awareness is being established
which should enable the path of progress to become wider and wider for every artist living with disability
beginning with the first opportunity of self expression within art.
Such has been the success, and the quality of works displayed at the
earlier exhibitions that ArtAbility® has enabled a level of recognition and public acclaim to be achieved for the talent
and skill of the exhibiting artists. In several instances this has resulted in the pinnacle of achievement
for an artist namely of an individual public exhibition of their own works which in turn provides inspiration
for others to follow.
Examples of ADEC’s “ArtAbility®” exhibited mediums are paintings in oil,
acrylic, and ink sketches, sculptures tapestries, photographs, and poetry. You can be assured that a visit to
this years’ ArtAbility® Exhibition in Melbourne will be
rewarding and stimulating. I challenge you not to be inspired by what you experience when you consider every
one of these artists and thousands of others worldwide have overcome the challenge of living with disability
to provide you with an object to admire.
My thanks are due to ADEC (Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc) for their consent to enable me to
“ArtAbility®” as a part title for my trilogy of articles,
for more information on ADEC see www.artability.org.au
David W Bedwell is an Access Consultant in Australia and a director
of OBVIUS ACCESS for more articles by him and the other two in his “ArtAbility®” trilogy see www.accessconsultant.com.au
This article has been published in Disabled World see