The Supported Studio Network (SSN) was founded in 2011 and comprised an experienced collective of representatives that developed the SSN vision and objectives.
In 2013, Accessible Arts held the Supported Studios: Possibility and Potential Forum at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The first of its kind in Australia, the forum connected with the broader arts + disability sector, including representatives from the supported studio community to discuss strengths and challenges, and different perspectives around this area of practice.
A clear recommendation from the forum, was to see the SSN steering committee representation broadened nationally across the visual arts + disability sector.
In 2014, the committee extended its national reach to include members from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland. It is currently looking at membership from the ACT, Tasmania and South Australia and looks forward to engaging these states in the coming years.
[Image: the late artist John Demos developing his artwork ‘Creation’ for exhibition in Accessible Arts ARTBOXX. 2012]