As part of the AART.BOXX initiative, a collaboration between NOISE and Accessible Arts, young artists living with a disability across Australia were invited to submit all forms of works through mediums as diverse as photography, painting, music, writing and industrial-object design.
Small grants were then provided to selected artists in order to further encourage their professional development.
The AART.BOXX exhibition, curated by Accessible Arts, recently showcased the talents of a selection of the competition winners. In the iconic Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House, the exhibition provided the artists with the experience of having their work displayed in a professional environment. The style of the work showed diversity in many forms, but more importantly, illustrates a significant insight into the minds of young Australians living with a disability. The outcomes were extraordinary and expressed the depth of art generated when creativity, youth and disability meet.
Featured artists included the emotive and somewhat violent, expressive works of artist David Morgan, a high functioning autistic artist, Bex Hirdman’s poetic photographs of the female form, Tim McMahon’s highly patterned felt-tip pen illustrations, which tell stories of lost cities and cultures, and Tim Sharp’s quirky cartoons of a character called Laser Beak Man.
NOISE a leading youth arts initiative that develops and profiles young artists and their work across radio, television, in print and online.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE was the AART.BOXX exhibition partner providing support and assistance throughout the opening and the exhibition.
ACCESSIBLE ARTS promotes and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in arts and cultural activities either as audience members, attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals, or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities, and by developing as professional artists.