Art Counts celebrates creativity
Over 80 people joined us for the opening of Art Counts on Wednesday 13 November in the Black Box Theatre at the Newcastle Community Art Centre. The venue was well suited for the opening as Tantrum Theatre’s Creating the Self ensemble gave a short performance and the Connectability Australia Digi PIP (Personal Interest Project) digital story was shown on the big screen.
Over 90 works were displayed as part of this annual exhibition for emerging artists with disability and carers from the Hunter region. Showcasing work from across the arts and disability sectors, the exhibition focussed on art making, not disability. Highlights include performative and installation elements from Tantrum Theatre’s ‘Creating the Self’ multi-arts project; paintings, sculptures and a digital story created through Connectability’s art program; a small scale multi-sensory environment created by Bliss Cavanagh from Studio Bliss Designs; poetry by Nathan Dunne; a gigantic anchor that forms part of a collaborative work from the Lifestyle Solutions art program; and Geothermal Plant – Water, a mixed media installation by Tim Johnston.
Future plans include a transition to a curated exhibition in 2014. By taking Art Counts out of the disability context and moving it towards an arts framework, Octapod seeks to focus on art making, and offer a professional exhibition experience for emerging artists with disability.