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Arts Project Australia

APA Foundation

Two people looking at artwork at the opening of Sensitive Antennae at the Arts Project Australia Gallery in Collingwood Yards.
Sensitive Antennae exhibition Collingwood Gallery

Make a positive impact on the lives of our artists


For the past 50 years Arts Project Australia has nurtured artistic careers, championed diversity in the arts and proudly exhibited art that is confronting, vibrant and honest.

Our mission is to see Australian artists with intellectual disability at the centre of the national and international arts sector – recognised, earning income and thriving in their arts practice.

The role of the Foundation is to raise funds to deliver on our mission; to manage those funds responsibly; and to grow the financial base over time with support from our community of donors.


Why our programs are needed

Australia has one of the lowest employment participation rates for people with disability in the OECD and that rate is even lower for people with an intellectual disability.

One of the biggest barriers our artists face is narrow, dismissive societal attitudes regarding their capabilities.

We provide a space to work, professional guidance, quality materials and avenues for promoting artworks created at Arts Project.

Our goal is to see Arts Project artists recognised and celebrated for the quality of their work and to help them succeed in the contemporary commercial art market.

Miles Howard-Wilks working on ceramic shark sculpture

“My life would lose its sparkle without Arts Project. You help me take my artwork to a wide audience, and this gives me confidence, and satisfaction. Thank you”

Miles Howard-Wilks, APA artist

Become a Foundation member

Every donation helps us showcase the talents of artists with disabilities, challenge societal stereotypes and contribute to a more inclusive society.

With a gift of $100 or more to the APA Foundation you will be invited to join APA Creatives, our annual giving program that shares the magic of our studio and gallery with our family of supporters.

We regularly hold special events at our gallery, morning teas at the Studio, life drawing classes and tours of private collections featuring Arts Project works for our APA Creatives donors.

You could also consider leave a legacy gift in your Will to help support our studio into the future.


APA creative Michael Schwarz

“Having a disabled older brother and working in mental health, I was always keen for the inclusion of ‘voices rarely heard’. I have been affiliated with APA for many years and I love the enthusiasm, creativity and passion of the artists and staff.”

Michael Schwarz, APA Creative and long time supporter
Become an APA Creative

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A family looking at artworks at the Arts Project Australia 2022 gala at the gallery