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Art without barriers

THE artwork of participants of social purpose organisation Life Without Barriers’ popular art and music programs were on display at an exhibition at the Rosny Farm Schoolhouse Gallery during October.

The exhibition, titled ‘Begin with Drawing’, showed the progression of an idea from drawing to final artistic form.

“There were works that started with an initial drawing and they were developed into a painting, print, mixed media or even mosaic,” Life Without Barriers art tutor and support worker Jane Stanton said.

The Life Without Barriers art program is run from Monday to Thursday by art tutors Ms Stanton, Jeannie Mooney and mosaics expert Susan Telega and is targeted at people living with a disability.

“We support people from all walks of life to live the best life they can and enable them to learn new things,” Ms Stanton said.

“It’s an opportunity to earn income from their artwork, an opportunity to express themselves through art and improve their skills.”

Life Without Barriers program manager for disability services Paul Brooker said the exhibition and program was an opportunity for individuals passionate about art to display their work to the public.

“It’s a chance for them to show off the experimental processes behind their final work, which includes a range of mediums and techniques,” he said.

“This is an exciting exhibition that highlights mature work, as well as more experimental processes.

“It is diverse and colourful, and includes pieces made from stretched canvas, plus art on paper, performance art and 3D pieces that are small to mural size.”

Participant Lawrence Dooley has been part of the art program for about four years and for the exhibition he turned a drawing of the America’s Cup into a mosaic.

“It is a way to express friendship and love and a great understanding of how things work,” Mr Dooley said.

“We as artists must have an idea of what we need to do and express it, so we need to imagine it in our head before we put our mind into doing our art.”

Life Without Barriers client Matthew Hoori, who also displayed his work at the exhibition, said art was a passion that he wanted to turn into a career.

Earlier in the year, he received international acclaim for designing the winning logo for the World Down Syndrome Congress, which will take place in Brisbane in 2022.

Caption: From left, tutors and participants of the Life Without Barriers art program Greg Burles, Susan Telega, Matthew Hoori, Jenny Derrick, Lawrence Dooley and Jane Stanton.