A new exhibition celebrates the talents of Sydney artists who are living with disability.
Presented by We Are Studios and Blacktown Arts, WE ARE will be at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre from September 20 to October 28.
We Are Studios is a disability-led, inclusive studio that was established by a community of artists with disability.
The multi-sensory, interactive exhibition celebrates the creative practices of 13 western Sydney artists with disability, who worked together at the venue over a 10 week period.
Artworks share the diverse stories, experiences and connections of the community, guided by creative director Liam Benson and facilitator Linda Brescia.
Artists engaged in a number of workshops and shared practice to devise work for the exhibition.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a number of workshops, themselves, and to contribute to community installations and artwork.
Participating artist Ebony Wightman said the exhibition explored art as a catalyst for change.
"Each day people with disability are evaluated, labelled, and put into a box, we're told the things we can achieve, and frequently, the things we can't," Ebony said.
"We're more than just an arts studio - this community has saved my life and has given me purpose. I simply wouldn't be here without them and I'm not the only one to say that."
Other featured artists are Emmanuel Asante, Grazia Napoletano, Jane Thatcher, Joseph Barale, Kiri Smith, Maria Macabenta, Miah Tito-Barratt, Rebecca Sciroli, Robyn Kemp, Taylah Devlin, Tim Martin and Virginia Bucknell.
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