The 2013 Creative Connections Art and Poetry Exhibition will display 55 works by artists from disability service providers the Centre for Cerebral Palsy, the Nulsen Association and Bethanie House.
Program co-ordinator Gary De Piazzi said the artists accessed their inner most being through their free-form artwork and were delighted to see their work displayed in a public forum.
‘The big thing with this is the artist gets exposure in the public forum and that’s something that normally doesn’t happen because they’re closeted in group homes,’ Mr De Piazzi said.
‘I’ve been involved for four years and the standard of work has increased dramatically due to the exposure the artists and carers receive.’
‘For the artists it’s the only form of expression that they have, most of them are non-verbal.’
Mr De Piazzi said the program experienced surprising results when they assigned poets to each artwork to create a poem to accompany the piece based on the image and a profile of the artist.
‘It’s interesting because the poems correlate quite often,’ he said.
The exhibit will be at Belmont Forum from October 31 to November 3 with a people’s choice awards presentation on Sunday, November 3, at 1pm.