Hornsby State Liberal MP Matt Kean today announced Studio Artes Northside will receive $28,000 in NSW Government funding to encourage professional art and cultural activities for disabled artists.
Mr Kean said Studio Artes were one of 14 grants from across NSW to receive the disabled art funding.
“As the patron of Studio Artes I am thrilled the group has received this funding as they do a tremendous job in working with our local artists living with a disability,” Mr Kean said.
The funding will go towards a series of creative development workshops and participation in art fairs and festivals between July 2015 and December 2016.
The project also includes a series of creative development workshops in partnership with Erth Physical and Visual Inc to develop a multi-art form performance piece to be submitted for inclusion in a 2016 arts festival program.
Mr Kean said the funding will improve social inclusion for people with disability through opportunities to develop their skills and interests in art activities.
“This funding will help create lasting works of art highlighting the talents of people with a disability and develop creative and social networks and partnerships.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the projects are being funded by the NSW Government’s Lifetime Care and Support Authority, in partnership with Arts NSW. The Authority supports people severely injured in motor accidents in NSW.
“The Government’s new Create in NSW: Arts and Cultural Policy Framework aims to boost participation in arts and cultural activities across the community in ways that connect people with diverse artistic talents and interests,” Mr Grant said.
“These innovative arts and disability projects will demonstrate the benefits of inclusive arts practice and raise awareness of the needs, aspirations and artistic achievements of people with disability.”