People with disability have artistic aspirations and achievements that they consider to be important and to be valued as part of the community. To this end, there is the Inclusive Arts Network (IAN) based in Victoria. It offers artists the opportunity to enter their work in the 2020 IAN Art Exhibition. 

A member of the network, artist Jamie Halliday, says:

"Music and Arts are a very important part of my life now and are things I want to be a part of my life in the future also. The arts is something I use to process events in my life and to express my feelings that sometimes words can’t express. It’s important to me to have a creative outlet that I can put my energy into. I like to use arts as a way to educate people on the real issues."

Visual arts and culture are ways in which people with disability can participate in their communities, relate to others and to express themselves. It can provide joy, purpose and stimulation to people who are isolated and suffering from chronic and painful conditions. Read Mel Pym's power blog on Finding Creative Ways to Heal through Art for more on this.  

2020 IAN Art Exhibition

The exhibition is available for artists who identify as having a disability or mental illness to enter their work in. It is open to all Victorians, with the exhibition being held at the Rachinger Gallery which is located at the Eastern Hub in Geelong. 

The exhibition will run from Monday 31 August 2020 to Saturday 26 September 2020. Additional information on gallery opening times is here

Applications can be done online here: 2020 IAN Application Form although a paper-based version is available if required.

Entries will be accepted up until July 31, 2020.

For additional information regarding this exhibition please contact the coordinator Donald Harvey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For further information go to the Inclusive Arts Network.


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