Arts Project Australia

Arts and Disability

Arts Project Australia is a centre of excellence that supports artists with an intellectual disabliity, promoting their work and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.

Established in 1974 as Arts Project for the Mentally Retarded, we have continually been a leader and innovator in the arts and disability sectors. We were the first full time arts studio in Australia for artists with an intellectual disability, and over the past 40 years have built an enviable reputation nationally and internationally for the creative and individual studio philosophy, as well as the outstanding artwork produced there. We promote our artists and their work to the broader community, and our artists enjoy exhibition opportunities in a range of local, national and international galleries. Artists are also represented in many public and private collections.

Our Northcote studio sees more than 110 artists with an intellectual disability attending each week. The Arts Project studio functions in a similar way to a tertiary art environment where artists work on developing an original and authentic "voice" supported by artsworkers (all professional artists) who provide feedback and critical advice. Here, art is not taught, but rather the innate creative direction of each artist is nurtured to elicit works of personal meaning and style. Media includes painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, puppetry and digital media. Our gallery stages a full annual program of changing exhibitions featuring work by artists from Arts Project as well as the broader community.

We boast a highly qualified and experienced staff, an energetic and committed board and have a strong governance framework. Arts Project Australia has a unique history and approach and has long been recognised an a best practice model for its innovative programs. We are committed to providing sustainable program in an environment dedicated to visual arts practice.

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24 High Street

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