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Arts funding agencies fail to understand the value or needs of intellectually disabled artists.
For the past four years I have been responsible for running an organisation that specifically exists to support artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice. Arts Project Australia was established 38 years ago with the aim that the artwork of people with intellectual disabilities should be accepted on its merits as visual art, not “disabled art”.  It should be exhibited in a professional manner, not tacked up on a supermarket wall. It should stand proudly beside work by “non-disabled” artists.  Oh – and it should be good!

 

Sue Roff

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