On Tuesday night we celebrated the launch of our partnership with the Art Gallery of WA and the AGWA Voluntary Guides. The joining of the disability and community sectors’ expertise to create more opportunities for inclusion in the arts and contribute to a more inclusive future for people with Autism and their families, was celebrated with an evening event held at the Art Gallery of WA.
On the night we were pleased to announce the winners of the Arts for Autism competition and display the incredible artworks created in the competition as well as officially launch the first Quiet Tuesdays program at the Art Gallery. People with Autism have many unique visual strengths and diverse perceptions of the world that surrounds them, which has led to many stunning pieces of art being created and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to celebrate individuals with Autism and their artistic talent.
The evening was the official announcement of the winners in the Arts for Autism competition and showcased the 16 winning artworks on display throughout the gallery. The artists joined their artwork on the night to speak to guests about the piece they had created and allow those who attended to admire the beauty and monumental achievement of each piece. The other artworks submitted in the competition were displayed throughout the evening and guests were invited to vote for their favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award competition.
The partnership was officially launched by Autism Association CEO Joan McKenna Kerr, Art Gallery of WA CEO Colin Walker, and the Hon. Stephen Dawson, Minister for Environment; Disability services, Electoral Affairs, with speeches followed by the cutting of a ribbon.
Quiet Tuesdays will start next year and provide access opportunities to community groups on Tuesdays, a day when the Gallery is closed to the general public. The closure allows the Gallery to offer a quiet, desensitised experience for individuals who may require a different environment to visit the Gallery.
You can view photos from the launch below!