December 3rd is International Day of People with Disabilities
On this day we celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and there reliance to overcome the obstacles face due to disability. It also provides an opportunity to create discussion in the community around what disability is and how it impacts the lives. Living with disability does not make us completely incapable and there is still much work to be done in terms of dispelling common myths.
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme is currently being rolled out across Australia the key agenda is to increased participation rates of those living with disabilities, to ensure they have the same opportunities as their able body peers. Supporting individuals with disabilities gives family members opportunities to participate more fully in life. These are basic human rights.
So its time to talk about what I can do not my disabilities. Guess what?
I can do art . . .
And this is the theme of an art exhibition I am participating in to celebrate International Day for people with disabilities. "I can dance and sing in the rain if that's what I chose to do!
This exhibition opens on Monday 28th at 4pm and is hosted by Ipswich Inspirations Gallery in Ipswich City Square. Gallery is opened Wed to Saturday.
So if I can do art some can many other people living with disability in the Ipswich Region. In 2017 I am hoping to build a socially inclusive network of artists in the region. If you want to know more I will be at Blair Disability Links on Friday 2nd December between 10 am and 2 pm at Brassell Shopping Center and would love to chat to you about how you can be involved.
I will also be joining in the celebrations hosted by Ipswich City Council on the 4 December 8:30 to 12 pm @ Redbank Plaza Chimera. where the ArtISability team will be assisting people with disabilities to participate in art activities.
As well as celebrating ID4PWD's I am participating in Artistian Markets and two group exhibitions. You can purchase may artwork at:-
- Gifted - Drawing Point Gallery 203 Brisbane Street Ipswich. Opening Night 2nd December @ 6 pm and runs through to Christmas.
- On the same night I am at Catalysis Twilight Markets 4 pm to 9 pm. Catalysis Church Brassell.
- Off the wall exhibition - By members of Arts Connect opening night December 9 th @ 6pm.
So I hope I can connect with you sometime over that period.
You can also purchase my work online through my Etsy Store.