2018 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

Friday 19 -27 October 2018

State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition was established in 2003 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.

The exhibition showcases a variety of artworks in a variety of forms such as painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia and digital arts, photography, printmaking and poetry.
State Trustees recognises the importance of celebrating art and culture as it enriches lives and communities and encourages social inclusion. This year we celebrate 16 years of the CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

Exhibition: 19 -27 October 2018 | 10:00AM – 6:00PM Daily | The Atrium, Federation Square
Celebration Event: 23 October 2018 | 12:30PM – 2:00PM | Deakin Edge, Federation Square  – Register here.


The prizes.

First prize: $1000 + a 2 week exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery in 2019
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The first, second and third prize is awarded by a judging panel selected by the exhibition’s curator, No Vacancy Gallery.

No Vacancy Gallery is a Melbourne-based contemporary hire-gallery that provides a link between artist run initiatives and the commercial art world; showcasing local & international emerging artists, designers & curators.

In 2017, the judging panel included Harley Manifold and Katherine Gailer.
Office of the Public Advocate Prize: $500

The Office of Public Advocate promotes and protects the rights and interests of people with disability, and works to eliminate abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In 2017, the Office of the Public Advocate Prize was awarded by Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce.
Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award: $500

The Allan Merigan People’s Choice prize is awarded to the most popular artwork according to the number of votes in the online gallery.
The People’s Choice Award was named after Allan Merigan, who was the manager of State Trustees’ Client Legal team. He passed away in 2008, after a year-long battle with cancer. Allan loved art and was a great patron of the State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition.

From the very beginning, Allan threw his enthusiastic support behind the exhibition, buying many works, which he later donated to State Trustees for the company and our visitors to enjoy. He also made a considerable contribution to State Trustees and the Victorian community in the arena of legal policy, litigation and pro-bono work to support Victoria’s most vulnerable.

In this spirit of generosity, passion for art, life and all that this inspires in the world, the annual People’s Choice Award was re-named the ‘Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award’ in 2009.


Behind this year’s creative.

This year, State Trustees have chosen to showcase that artwork of Jarrod Wendt, ‘What I describe myself’. Jarrod was a successful exhibiting artist in 2017 and received many compliments on this powerful piece.


Jarrod Wendt’s artist statement: