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Studio Project

Studio Project printmakingThe Studio Project was a partnership between Accessible Arts and Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, in Sydney. It was offered to nine post school age participants with mild disabilities. The project ran in 2008, one day per week for two semesters and provided an opportunity for the artists to develop their own practice; learn new art forms by selecting from a range of electives; and to expand their practice through professional development. The project culminated in an exhibition and CarriageWorks.

It is well documented that access to professional practice in the visual arts for people with disability is extremely limited. These limitations take the form of poor physical access, limited educational opportunities and undefined or non-existent pathways to develop professionally. Works by artists with a disability are under-represented in galleries and art institutions. Access to exhibition and promotional opportunities are very poor and artists who identify as having a disability are often located in a health rather than a professional arts environment. Accessible Arts worked with Pine Street Creative Arts Centre to develop the Studio Project in response to these limitations.


Studio Project ceramics

The objectives of the project were:
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to work in a studio environment with professional artists as tutors and develop their art making skills and practice.
  • To connect artists and their making within a contemporary arts context.
  • For artists to gain professional development skills in marketing, developing a portfolio, CV writing and developing and staging exhibitions.
  • To inform the arts industry, disability sector and broader community of the artistic needs, potential and contributions of people with disabilities.
  • To ensure pathways for mainstream artistic opportunities


Guidelines: Inclusive visual arts studios (Word, 224KB)

Studio Project case study (Word, 216KB)

Studio Project 2008 registration form (Word, 484KB)

Tom Bass application form (Word, 376KB)

Fridaze Exhibition

In 2008 the Studio Project culminated in an exhibition at CarriageWorks. Works by nine artists were shown in a joint exhibition with the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre Outreach program. This exhibition was part of Bakehouse - an inclusive arts festival held throughout Sydney. Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore opened the exhibition and Sancha Donald, CEO, Accessible Arts along with one of the participants from the program presented speeches. The joint exhibitions displayed works produced throughout 2008 and included both 2D and 3D mediums, representing painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, mosaics and jewellery.

Fridaze exhibition 2008 - Paintings Fridaze Exhibition 2008 - Ceramics Fridaze Exhibition 2008 - Opening speeches - Clover Moore with Auslan interpreter Fridaze Exhibition 2008 @ Carriageworks Fridaze Exhibition 2008 @ Carriageworks