2017 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

15 years of CONNECTED art and culture

Monday 23 October 2017 – Friday 3 November 2017

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.

State Trustees recognises the importance of celebrating art and culture as it enriches lives and communities and encourages social inclusion. This year we celebrate 15 years of the CONNECTED Art Exhibition. Join us in celebrating this milestone achievement at

2017 CONNECTED Art Exhibition

  • WHEN: Monday 23 October 2017 – Friday 3 November 2017
  • TIME: 10:00am – 6:00pm daily
  • WHERE: No Vacancy Gallery, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne
  • ADMISSION: CONNECTED Art Exhibition is a free event for the people of Victoria

The 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.

Artists’ submissions

Entries are now open for the 2017 CONNECTED Art Exhibition. To be eligible to enter, artists must be 18 years or over, with a disability or an experience of mental illness. Read more information about submitting your work here.

Eligibility
Please note: Preference will be given to artists who have not exhibited before. To be eligible to enter, artists must be 18 years or over, with a disability or an experience of mental illness. The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition is open to artists creating works in the following disciplines: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, multimedia and digital arts, photography, printmaking and poetry. All work submitted for entry must be produced after February 2017 and be the original work of the artist.

How to submit an entry

Download and print the entry form. Fill in your details.
Please send your completed entry form and a photograph or digital file of your artwork to:

Option 1 CONNECTED@NO-VACANCY.COM.AU

Option 2 NO VACANCY GALLERY, TENANCY 32, ATRIUM, FEDERATION SQUARE, MELBOURNE VIC 3000

    • All entries must be received by Thursday 31 August 2017
    • Artists may enter a maximum of one work
    • Digital images should be less than 2MB, saved as JPEG file and able to be opened in PC format
    • JPEGs and digital media files should be saved on USB or CD clearly marked with the artist’s first name and surname, title of the artwork, and contact phone number
    • Filename format should be ‘Artist name_Artwork title.jpg’

2016 winners

2016 CONNECTED Art Exhibition prize winners

The prizes

First prize: $1000 + a 2 week exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery, Federation Square in 2018
Second prize: $500, Third prize: $250
(Determined by the judging panel)
Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award: $500
(Determined by the number of votes in the online gallery)
Office of the Public Advocate Prize: $500
(Determined by the OPA representative)

Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award
The Allan Merigan People’s Choice prize is awarded to the most popular artwork according to the number of votes in the online gallery.

An online gallery will feature the artworks displayed at the exhibition. Voting is open from 10am AEST Monday 23 October 2017 through to 5pm AEST Friday 3 November 2017. The gallery can be viewed online here from 10am AEST Monday 23 October 2017.

The winner of the Allan Merigan People’s Choice Award will be announced Thursday 9 November 2017.

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.

Office for the Public Advocate Prize
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 2016, the Office of the Public Advocate Prize was awarded by Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce.
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