Art Counts exhibition: 13 – 16 November

Self Portrait Domonic by Domonic Freestone Photo by Justine PotterArt Counts, the annual art exhibition for aspiring artists with disability, will be held at the BlackBox Theatre at the Newcastle Community Art Centre from 13-16 November 2013.

The exhibition showcases work from across the arts and disability sectors that focusses on art making, not disability. Highlights this year include sound, performative and installation elements from Tantrum Theatre’s ‘Creating the Self’ multi-arts project, as well as paintings, sculptures and a digital story created through Connectability’s art program. Response Services will be selling handmade craft items at the opening on Wednesday 13 November, with Studio Bliss Designs creating a small scale multi sensory installation as well as holding a fuuurrrry delightful market stall.

Octapod has actively supported participation in the arts by people with disability since 2010 through a range of initiatives such as the Creative Access Network, the Hunter Arts Worker Database and Art Counts. The launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Newcastle this year has focussed attention on the Hunter region and Octapod is interested in exploring what the change to a person centred approach means for access and inclusion by people with disability in mainstream arts activities.

Octapod is excited to present this exhibition in partnership with the Disability Network Hunter. Christina Robberds, Octapod Director says: “Art making is about creative expression. Art Counts shines a spotlight on that creative process, and the result is an exhibition of diverse art mediums that engages multiple senses.”


EXHIBITION OPENING: Wednesday 13 November, 11-11.30am
EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 November 2013
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-3pm
ACCESS: The venue and toilets are accessible
PARKING: There is ample free parking available behind the Newcastle Community Art Centre
Christina Robberds
Octapod Director
0415 699 227