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Outsider Artists in the Arts Precinct

Celebrating the power of creative expression and collaboration through art.

Have you been to the Arts Precinct lately? We've just installed some fantastic new artworks on the planter boxes showcasing artworks from Greenacres' Outsider Artists program. Participating artists have a range of physical, psychological and neurological disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome and spina bifida. Program participants are diverse in age, spanning a broad range of culturally diverse backgrounds which include Portuguese, Nepalese, Greek, Italian and First Nations artists.

The Outsider Artists program provides artist led support that promotes friendship and connections while supporting the artists to undertake an extensive process of learning new skills, creating artworks and then inviting family, carers and the community to view their final works.

Art is a great leveller for people who live with disabilities. It gives direct access to real-world discussion about creative methods, technique and style. This raises self-esteem, which improves overall health, interpersonal skills, and personal development. A public community exhibition can build a sense of belonging, create great connections and empower the artists and their communities.

"Art is such a powerful form of expression and I still find it incredible when someone who struggles to communicate can then create these amazing artworks. The artists feel a great sense of pride and self-worth when they see their work displayed in public."

Victoria Velozo
Art Therapist

The Outsider Artists will be hosting their annual exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace in Wollongong from Thursday 18 September - Sunday 1 October. We'd love to see you at the official opening!

Here's some behind the scenes action from the making of the artworks.