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2007 Media Release - AART.BOXX 07

Issued Thursday,  November 8, 2007


“You've inspired me to dig out my felt tips and crayons and do some cartoons again.” 
Dave Fawcett, UK

When art and disability meet, an expressive, emotionally-charged poignant message is generated. Now in its second year, AART.BOXX 07 will be held in The Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House on November 21 and 22 to coincide with the International Day of People with a Disability.

“Sydney Opera House is delighted to once again have the opportunity to host AART.BOXX, giving young artists with disabilities the chance to promote their work in a professional atmosphere,” acting Sydney Opera House CEO Sue Nattrass said. ”It is also an opportunity to strengthen our ongoing commitment to making participation in the arts more accessible for everyone in the community.”

Initiated by Accessible Arts, this is the only exhibition of its kind which fosters and showcases the talents of young Australian artists under the age of 25 who have a disability.

Accessible Arts CEO Sancha Donald said this unique and distinct exhibition is guaranteed to inspire. “The outcomes are extraordinary and express the depth of art generated when creativity, youth and disability meet,” she said.

AART.BOXX aims to extend and challenge the current discourses within contemporary art by including art practices informed by cultures of disability.

To be officially opened by Anne Loxley, managing curator of Penrith Regional Gallery, the exhibition features provocative works by more than 30 emerging artists and includes mediums such as painting, sculpture, animation and digital media.

The common thread that links these artists together is their innate need to communicate through visual arts. The subjects explored in the exhibition vary from Jarrod Wendt’s ceramic platters that juxtapose domestic wares with images of military fighter jets in mid-conflict to digital self portraits by Bianca Wight which express her personal journey with mental illness.

Other artists featured in the exhibition are: Fiona Bell, Jonathan Brent, Billy Colyer, Jacqui Crane, Alexandra Crombie-Van Ewyk, Dylon Davis, Mahe Filmoehala, Damien Flanagan, Julian Fleckner, David Gillham, Bradley Halabe, Nicholas Hew, Bex Hirdman, Peter Hughes, Chris Loxley, Manci Mehta, Aaron Murrells, Gangster Movie, Andrea Myers, Carly Pool, Eray Saracogly, Tim Sharp, Joel Smith, Jessica Tattersall, James Taylor, Matt Viney, Kelly Walker, Digby Webster and Rachel Wright.

This year AART.BOXX 07 will also feature free artist talks in conjunction with the exhibition from 11am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, November 21. RSVP is essential.

Season Details: AART.BOXX 07
Dates/Times: 9am – 4pm Wednesday November 21 & Thursday, November 22
Venue: The Utzon Room
Tickets: Free


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