Snail Mail Delivers Post Box Project20.09.2015
It was a simple idea, but one that has resulted in accomplishment and exposure for 30 artists from the Arts North West area who identify as having a disability.
Rather than artists trying to access materials for their art projects, the materials were sent to them in a mailing box. The resulting artworks have been exhibited in shop fronts in Tenterfield and are now at the Glen Innes Art Gallery from 19 – 26 September. They will also be exhibited at the New England Regional Art Museum and Tamworth Regional Gallery.
Funded through the Country Arts Support Program (CASP), a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Boards on behalf of the NSW Government, the project saw the enAble Arts Network work collaboratively with Tenterfield Community Hub to develop and support a project that would address and break down some of the barriers people with disabilities in rural areas face when wanting to become engage with the arts.
Arts North West Arts and Disability and Communication Officer, Stephanie Brummell said the barriers include financial, physical access to workshop spaces and distances to travel.
‘The overwhelming response and positivity towards this project has opened the eyes of all involved of the need to do more and to create more creative opportunities for people with disabilities in the New England North West.
‘Coordinator of the project, Gail Galloway from the Tenterfield Community Hub has done an amazing job and ensured a seamless start to the Post Box Project,’ Stephanie said.
Stephanie said the support from organisations, venues and businesses has also highlighted the wonderful inclusive communities that make up the region and the potential to further expand these type of projects.
‘The enAble Arts network looks forward to the continued discussion and development of arts and disabilty projects within our region through the Heading West project.’
‘We would love to see more artists with disabilities or disability lead projects be submitted for the current CASP round that closes on 1 October,’ she said.