Our light and airy Northcote studio is a creative and accessible space for artists with intellectual disability.



We are receiving many queries and requests for artists to return to the studio. We understand our studio environment is unique and desirable (we miss it too!). However, we have received guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (Centre-based Disability Services) which will preclude most artists returning until restrictions have eased even further.

Stay at Home Directions (no.6) outlines limitations on people leaving their usual residence, unless for one of the following reasons:

  • to obtain necessary goods or services
  • to access medical services
  • to attend work or education that cannot be done remotely
  • to exercise and participate in some recreational activities
  • visiting family or friends (in line with the rules)

While these new Directions slightly ease restrictions, the intent of the Directions is still that people should stay at home and limit contact with other people. This is particularly critical in relation to protecting vulnerable people who are most at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). Up to 10 people, plus the minimum number of people required to provide the support service, can attend an activity/support service so long as the hygiene and social distancing restrictions are also met.

 In accordance with these directions, we are inviting 20 artists (no more than 10 per day) to attend the studio program until the end of June. These artists have been invited based on their inability or incapacity to effectively participate in remote delivery. They have been contacted and advised of the new studio protocols and rules. When restrictions next ease, we will be in touch to discuss whether a return to the studio is possible or desirable for you.  For all other artists, we will continue to deliver our remote program and art materials if you require them.  Please get involved – staff are enjoying working with artists and artists are enjoying connecting with other artists and we’re seeing some wonderful work being created.

 SUE ROFF, Executive Director

– 1 June 2020 –

SUE ROFF (Executive Director) 0405 121 019
SANDY FERNEE (Operations Manager) 0431 478 081
SIM LUTTIN (Gallery Manager) 0437 448 758
JAMES MCDONALD (Studio Manager) 0408 096 902


I highly recommend Arts Project as an empowering
place to work and create.
– Artist parent

Our world-class studio program offers these artists access to professional-grade materials, the support of our highly qualified team of staff artists, and the chance to develop their art practice in an integrative, multi-disciplinary environment. To read more about several of our artist’s stories please take a look at our 2014 publication So Far….

Through our 2D, Ceramics, Printmaking, Digital, 3D and Professional Practice programs, attending artists have the opportunity to explore, develop and expand their art practice through a range of disciplines. Artists also have the potential to exhibit their artwork, through the Arts Project gallery, external galleries and venues, and the leasing program. Artworks created in this unique environment feature in collections and museums worldwide.

Arts Project Australia provides a safe and supportive environment that encourages the artists to stretch their creativity and artistic practice. I am unsure if artists working alone, or in an environment that wasn’t dedicated to their needs, would demonstrate the same creativity.
– Board member

At present 120+ artists are enrolled and attend the studio each week, with individual attendances ranging from one day a week to full-time.

Lisa Reid in the Arts Project studio

lisa REID in the arts project studio

Open weekdays 9.30am – 3.00pm, and Saturday mornings 10.00am – 12.00am.
(*Note: 2019 studio times will be weekdays 9.30am – 3.30pm, and Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm)

> For information on funding, visit our ‘Funding & NDIS’ page.
> For information on joining the studio, visit our ‘How to Join’ page.
> If you’re an artist or support an artist, visit our ‘Useful Information For Our Artists’.


Arts Project is a very professional organisation with a person-centred approach to its artists.  I see a vision to support their artists to create independently and unhindered, always encouraging the development of their skills… Our son has greatly developed his artistic ability over a period of ten years at Arts Project and is establishing himself as an artist with a distinct style that attracts buyers Australia-wide and overseas.
– Artist parent

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Kaye McDonald at her solo opening in 2019 at Arts Project Australia

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