Artists with disability were championed as part of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrations
Cessnock Includes You showcased pieces from artists who participated in Mai-Wel Group’s inclusive creative arts programs at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Exhibitions included installation, digital arts, music, sculpture and artwork.
The works on display were mostly collaborative pieces created by program participants and mentors, with some works by individual artists. According to the The Advertiser, participants have also helped to curate the exhibition and one has even started volunteering at the Cessnock gallery.
The CRAG hosted Arts4All community classes that strive to promote integration and collaboration between artists with and without disability, often exploring different mediums and ideas and using the inspirational surrounds of the current exhibition within the gallery to create both independent and collaborative works.
Nine artists from the Mai-Wel program entered CRAG’s inaugural Spring Art Fair in September 2016.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery also exhibited works from artists with disability.