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2017 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

Congratulations to all the artists that participated in the 2017 CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

The 2017 exhibition celebrated a special milestone, the 15th anniversary of the CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition, curated by Andrew Chew from No Vacancy Gallery, is a community event promoting social inclusion through art and culture. The exhibition provides emerging Victorian artists living with a disability or experience of mental illness an opportunity to showcase their work in a high profile public space, attracting the support of Melbourne’s arts community and the general public. The diversity of art submissions range from painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and multimedia demonstrates the power art has in expressing the voices of people who are often not heard in mainstream society.

Every year we are consistently pleased by the range of submissions we receive for the CONNECTED Art Exhibition. The exhibition reminds us that it’s not disability or mental illness that are the defining traits of our artists, but their individual talents.

State Trustees recognises the importance of art and culture and how it can encourage social inclusion and enrich the lives of artists and their communities. The CONNECTED Art Exhibition was borne from a passion for recognising and celebrating artists living with a disability or mental illness.

The Winners

The 2017 connected winners

First prize
Awarded to Caroline Carey for her submission, ‘Parrot’.
Caroline wins $1000 + a 2 week exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery, Federation Square in 2018

Second prize
Awarded to Renee Garling for her submission, ‘Lonely Drive’.
Renee wins $500.

Third prize
Awarded to Corey Borg for his submission, ‘Orange Tree’.
Corey wins $250.

Office of the Public Advocate Prize
Awarded to Adrian Segon for his submission, ‘Adrian’s House’.
Adrian wins $500

Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award
Awarded to Justine Martin for her submission, ‘Out Of My Reach’.
Justine wins $500

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