We’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ve won the HESTA Community Sector Awards for the 2016 Outstanding Organisation! Each year the award recognises an organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia, through the development of a high quality and innovative program, project or specific service. We’re over-the-moon that HESTA has recognised Arts Project’s work in supporting artists with an intellectual disability by providing sustained and individualised pathways into the professional visual arts – we’d like to say a big thanks to HESTA for initially considering our nomination and another huge thank-you to our amazingly dedicated and hardworking board, team and volunteers.
And of course last, but never least, the biggest thank you to our artists (now totaling over 120!) who produce incredible work week-after-week.
Arts Project Australia Executive Director, Sue Roff, accepted the award, highlighting Arts Project’s success in ensuring artists exhibit their works in leading galleries across Australia and around the world.
“Our artists are treated as professional artists and provided with high-quality material, guidance and mentoring from professional staff artists, vocational pathways and an opportunity to earn income from the sale of their artwork,” Sue said.
“But it’s not about the money – when our artists see their work framed, hanging on a wall in a gallery, it gives them an amazing sense of self-worth and confidence.”