17 October 2019


Participants of Life Without Barriers' popular art and mosaic programs will exhibit their work at an exhibition at Clarence Council’s Rosny Schoolhouse Gallery from Thursday October 17.

The exhibition, titled Begin with Drawing, shows the progression of an idea from drawing through to final artistic form, and includes painting, prints and mixed media work.

“We have an abundance of talent in our studio, so we’re really thrilled that people participating in our program will get to showcase their work to the public,” Life Without Barriers’ program manager for disability services Paul Booker said.

Exhibiting artists are part of Life Without Barriers’ well received therapeutic art program, which is run daily in one of Life Without Barriers’ Hobart premises by experienced art tutors and disability support workers Jeannie Mooney and Jane Stanton.

The program is targeted at people living with disability who have an NDIS plan, are accessing Life Without Barriers’ disability services and are passionate about art.

“Displaying their work to the public is really exciting and motivating for people who take part in our programs,” Mr Booker said.

“It’s a chance for them to also show off the experimental processes behind their final work, which includes a range of mediums and techniques.”

The program has been a huge success in Hobart. Developed by Ms Mooney and Ms Stanton, the courses run from Monday to Thursday and are designed to flexibly meet the needs and interests of individual participants.

“This is an exciting exhibition that highlights mature work as well as more experimental processes,” Mr Booker said. “It is diverse and colourful, and includes pieces made from stretched canvas, plus art on paper, performance art and 3D pieces that are small to mural-size”.

Work on display will also include vibrant watercolour and ink paintings inspired by the dramatic movements of dragons; colour saturated oil pastel drawings, sketches, and delicate stitched embroidery.

Previous Life Without Barriers’ art program exhibitions have been held at the Moonah Arts Centre, The Schoolhouse Gallery, The Albert Gallery, and at The Gearing-Up Festival in Hobart.

In 2019, artist and Life Without Barriers client Matthew Hoori – who has been involved in the Hobart-based Life Without Barriers’ art program for several years – received international acclaim for designing the winning logo for the World Down Syndrome Congress, which will take place in Brisbane in 2022.

The exhibition Life Without Barriers: It Begins with Drawing runs from the 17 Oct – 3 Nov 2019 at The Schoolhouse Gallery at Rosny Farm.




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