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CONNECTED Art Exhibition

The State Trustees CONNECTED Art Exhibition was established in 2002 and 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.

Celebrating artists living with a disability or mental illness.

State Trustees has been consistently pleased with 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.

We recognise 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.

A meaningful community event

“I just wanted to express gratitude from all of us at NOVA Arts @ Hawthorn Community House and Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre Arts Inclusive Communities Art space for another brilliant Connected exhibition.

The artists have been thrilled to participate in the State Trustees Connected exhibition this year. It has certainly become a ritual over the past ten years which we all look forward to annually.

The process of working towards the submission deadline and preparing for the exhibition has been a valuable experience for our artists living with disability and/or mental health issues who are developing their artistic practise while participating in community arts groups.

The artists have supported one another in their groups through the success of being accepted and disappointment in not, developing an artistic professional resilience and learning that through perseverance they will eventually be selected!

“The opening event with fantastic entertainment and delicious food, we all look forward to yearly. The location in Fed square has been an amazing inclusive venue that has contributed to the artists feeling visible and accepted by the general-public.”

The quality framing of the art works and sales have also been much appreciated.

Thankyou Andrew for all your hard work and if you could please pass on to The State Trustees how meaningful this annual event has been to the dozens of artists that I have facilitated in submitting works for over the years.”

Best wishes,
Amanda F.
Art tutor/facilitator

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