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2019 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

Celebrating Emerging Artists with Disability or Experience of Mental Illness


Emerging artists living with disability or experience of mental illness will have their work publicly displayed at the Atrium, Federation Square this December as part of the CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

189 artists from across Victoria submitted works, including artists from Uniting AgeWell, MS society, Arts Project Australia, Access Creative Studios, Nova Arts and other art groups that encourage people with a disability or experience of mental illness to use art to express themselves.

Respected artists David Miller, Harley Manifold and Carla Mcrae reviewed all the submissions and selected 89 of the best artworks which will be exhibited at the Atrium, Federation Square from December 2-14.

The exhibition launch, held on December 6, will thank all the artists who submitted work, celebrate the work on display and award $2,750 worth of prizes to the best works.

The launch and exhibition are free and many of the artworks will be available for sale. John Baxter, a founding member of Aboriginal Disability Network Victoria, will be sharing his experience and it’s a great way to see the artworks and meet some of the artists.

“For 17 years State Trustees has held CONNECTED Art Exhibition as part of its passion to support emerging artists, promote social inclusion and encourage creative expression”, says State Trustees CEO, Matt Carrick.

“We are excited that so many artists from across Victoria participated. This year is a real standout in terms of how many artists submitted work and the quality of work.”

“Publicly exhibiting the work of emerging artists at Federation Square helps build confidence and encourages participation in creative arts.”

“The exhibition reminds us that living with disability or mental illness is not a barrier and that we all have the ability to create something truly special.”

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