CONNECTED Art Exhibition 2016

The CONNECTED Art Exhibition was established in 2003 by State Trustees and showcases the work of emerging artists with a disability or an experience of mental illness.

The event was borne from a passion for recognising and celebrating artists with a physical or mental disability in Victoria.

State Trustees recognises the importance of celebrating art and culture as it enriches lives and communities and encourages social inclusion.

This year marked the 14th anniversary of the exhibition, a wonderful achievement. This year’s opening ceremony was hosted by writer Ben Pobjie and included a performance from popular singer Ben Hazlewood. Also appearing was the Choir of Hard Knocks.

Congratulations to the 2016 CONNECTED Art winners:

First prize: Ehsan El Helou for ‘As One’
Second prize: Kaitlyn Bell for ‘Shapes With Blue and Purple’
Third Prize: Deb Bowers for ‘Point Lonsdale Pier’The Public Advocate’s Prize: Justine Martin for ‘More Than Is Seen’
Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award: Justine Martin for ‘More Than Is Seen’


The 2016 CONNECTED Art Exhibition was open from 10:00am – 6:00pm daily, Monday 10 October – Friday 21 October 2016 at No Vacancy Gallery, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne.

The CONNECTED Art Exhibition showcases a variety of artworks in the following forms – painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia and digital arts, photography, printmaking and poetry. This is a great opportunity to purchase affordable original artwork and support our artists.

We would like to thank our major sponsors Maurice Blackburn and Ern Jensen Funerals, as well as our secondary sponsors BDO, NOUS Group, Victoria University, Maddocks and Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. CONNECTED Art Exhibition couldn’t be possible without their support.