Late last month, Mary officially launched the ‘I Am’ visual arts exhibition, showcasing works produced by artists with a disability or those experiencing disadvantage.
“The works on display all tell stories that help us understand and appreciate the diversity of experiences shared by members of our community through their art.
“Artists with works in this exhibition live with challenges that others may not face. As part of this exhibition, their unique perspective has been transformed into expressive and thought provoking works of art,” Mary said.
The exhibition, coinciding with the International Day of People with a Disability, has been supported through the Community Cultural Inclusion Program, an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres.
“The theme this year has allowed participating artists to explore self awareness and identity and the 59 works showcase a range of media including drawing, painting, collage, mixed media and sculpture. It also contains a documentary about some of the exhibiting artists by Jarbo Productions,” Mary stated.
At the same time as she launched the exhibition, Mary launched Enable Canberra, a new website providing accessibility information about ACT venues and events.
“Enable Canberra is supported through the Centenary of Canberra’s Community Centenary Initiatives Fund and is focused on making the 2013 celebrations an inclusive experience for all Canberrans and for those who visit us to share in the festivities associated with the Centenary.
“The ACT Government is committed to enhancing community access to arts and cultural activities for all Canberrans, including those who are most vulnerable,” Mary concluded.