Artability Workshops

Artability


ArtAbility® is an art program run by Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC). It began in 2006 and has been growing ever since. Our focus is on uniting, recognizing anArtAbility logod celebrating a range of talented artists who are living with a disability, experience mental ill health or are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. Throughout the year, ArtAbility® hosts a series of art workshops where participants learn new skills and work on art pieces for an exhibition that is open to the public. Please get in contact if you or someone you know would like to participate. ArtAbility® provides the contributors the chance to be seen as Artists by their peers, families and the community in general while promoting a message of ability rather than disability, strength in diversity and personal empowerment through engagement with the broader community. You can become involved in ArtAbility®, either as an artist, volunteer or as a sponsor via email: artability@adec.org.au

Upcoming Workshops:

ArtAbility Exhibition 2024

Join ADEC for our upcoming ArtAbility Exhibition 2024 to showcase the incredible artworks of our exceptional talented artists. ️ 20th May til 3rd June Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm Tuesday: 10:00am - 10:00pm Saturday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Reservoir Library, 23 Edwards Street Reservoir, VIC 3073 Don't miss this amazing event to celebrate creativity, diversity, and the incredible journey of our special artists. See you there! CONTACT: Email: artability@adec.org.au Mobile: 0490 395 168 (Alie)

ArtAbility Exhibition 2024

ArtAbility Exhibition 2024

ArtAbility Workshops Term 2 2024

WHERE & WHEN:

Venue: Merrilands Community Centre (PRACE)

Address: 35 Sturdee Street, Reservoir 3073

Day: Tuesday’s

Dates: 16th April – 7th May 2024

Times: 10:00am – 12:30pm

HOW: To register, contact us on: Email: artability@adec.org.au Mobile: 0490 395 168

ArtAbility Workshops Flier for Term 2 2024

ArtAbility Workshops Term 2, 2024

ArtAbility Workshops Term 4, 2024

WHERE & WHEN: Venue: East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre Address: 7A Strathmerton Street, Reservoir Day: Thursdays Dates: 7th - 28th November 2024 Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm HOW: To register, contact us on: Email: artability@adec.org.au Mobile: 0490 395 168 (Alie)

ArtAbility Workshops Flier for Term 4, 2024

ArtAbility Workshops Term 4 2024

ArtAbility Workshops Term 1, 2025

WHERE & WHEN: Venue: Keon Park Children’s Centre Address: 1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir 3073 Day: Wednesdays Dates: 12th March - 2nd April, 2025 Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm HOW: To register, contact us on: Email: artability@adec.org.au Mobile: 0490 395 168 (Alie)

ArtAbility Workshops Flier for Term 1, 2025

ArtAbility Workshops Term 1. 2025

Frequently Asked Questions

Disability Art Programs, such as ArtAbility®, offer a nurturing environment where individuals with disabilities, seniors, refugees/asylum seekers, Indigenous peoples, and those experiencing mental health challenges can explore their creativity. These programs aim to boost confidence, foster social connections, and empower participants through artistic expression, providing a meaningful outlet for self-discovery and personal growth.

Disability art programs welcome a diverse range of participants, including individuals living with disabilities, seniors, refugees/asylum seekers, Indigenous peoples, and those experiencing mental health challenges. Additionally, caregivers, guardians, or caretakers are encouraged to support and accompany participants, ensuring they feel comfortable and included in the artistic process.

Disability art programs offer a variety of engaging art activities tailored to the interests and abilities of participants. From painting and drawing to sculpture and mixed media, these programs provide a supportive space where individuals can explore different mediums and techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors. Caregivers or guardians are welcome to join in the creative process alongside their loved ones, fostering meaningful connections and shared experiences.

ArtAbility® is a prominent disability art program offered in Melbourne by Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC). These programs offer workshops and exhibitions throughout Greater Melbourne, targeting a diverse group including individuals with disabilities, seniors, refugees/asylum seekers, Indigenous peoples, and those facing mental health challenges, as well as their caregivers or guardians. This initiative allows these communities to participate in the arts within a nurturing and supportive environment.

Yes, disability art programs like ArtAbility® often provide opportunities for participants to showcase their artwork through exhibitions and events. These platforms not only celebrate the artistic achievements of individuals with disabilities but also promote a message of inclusion and diversity. Caregivers or guardians play an important role in supporting participants in showcasing their artwork, whether through attending exhibitions or assisting with marketing and sales.

NDIS-funded art classes provide numerous benefits to participants with disabilities, enhancing their emotional, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Carers and guardians have the added benefit from the classes in respite, improved relationships, social interactions and reduced burnout. NDIS Funded Art classes also provide financial benefits covering the costs of the classes, materials and out of pocket expenses alleviating financial stress. The costs are less than private Art Therapy sessions so the potential reduction in therapeutic services required. Shared expenses with costs spread across multiple participants making it cost effective, allowing easier budgeting and planning for participants.