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The Studio

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

COVID19 UPDATES

ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA
– TEMPORARY GALLERY
& STUDIO CLOSURE –

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In the interests of the wellbeing of the Arts Project Australia community, we have made the proactive decision to close the Arts Project Australia studio and gallery until 14 April 2020.
One of our artists who was undergoing tests after displaying symptoms has had their results come back CLEAR.
However, given the current circumstances, we are continuing to take all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard our community. Regular updates will be posted to the website, and more detailed information for artists, families and carers can be read on this page – scroll down. We wish everyone all the best in these challenging times.
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Regular updates for artists, families and carers will be posted here daily, as well as via direct email and text message.
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 SUE ROFF, Executive Director
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– LATEST
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UPDATE: NO ARTIST OR STAFF MEMBER HAS TESTED POSITIVE TO COVID19: ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE STILL APPLIES

19 March 2020, 5:00pm
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Dear Arts Project artists and families,
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Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, the test results have come back CLEAR.  This test result does not impact our decision to close the studio and gallery until 14 April 2020; artists are not to return to Arts project Australia until 14 April or beyond that date if they are unwell.
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Artists, families and carers should continue to self monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing.
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Stay healthy, and we will be in touch as soon as we have any updates to share.
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SUE ROFF
Executive Director
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UPDATE:
COVID19 TESTING & ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE
18 March 2020, 5:00pm
Dear Arts Project artists and families,
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Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, we are still waiting on the results of the test.  You will be advised as soon as we receive notification.
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Stay healthy and we will be in touch as soon as we have any updates to share.
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SUE ROFF
Executive Director
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UPDATE: ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE
17 March 2020, 1.15pm
Dear Arts Project artists and families,
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Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, we are still waiting on the results of the test.  You will be advised as soon as we receive notification.
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However, following a meeting of a special subcommittee of the Board of Management last night, it has been agreed that the Arts Project Australia studio and gallery will remain CLOSED until then end of Term 2 holidays (Tuesday 14 April).  The board and management agree that in the current climate, and with consideration for our vulnerable cohort, that enabling appropriate social distancing for the next month would be our safest response to the COVID19 threat. We consider it our duty of care to minimise the possibility of transmission in the current environment.
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Accordingly, we will be cancelling the exhibition opening scheduled for this Saturday 21 March.
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Artists, families and carers should continue to self monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing.
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We are endeavouring to have an SMS messaging alert activated in the next few days, however in the meantime you can phone the following staff members if you have any urgent queries.  I would ask that you make phone calls only if necessary as staff are working hard to ensure that you receive timely and constructive advice.  Please try to limit phone calls to office hours only – it is important that staff take time to relax and recuperate at home.
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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
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Please look after yourselves and we will be in touch closer to 14 April to confirm all arrangements for our re-opening.  Our apologies for any inconvenience, however we feel this is the safest decision for all our artists.
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SUE ROFF
Executive Director

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IMPORTANT: ARTS PROJECT CLOSURE

14 March 2020, 12.10pm
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Dear Arts Project artists and families
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We have been advised that one of our artists is currently being tested for the COVID19 after displaying symptoms. It is not known whether the artist has been in contact with anyone high risk, and the test may prove negative.  We hope to learn the results of the test on Tuesday and will advise all following receipt of the results.
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However, in the interests of the wellbeing of the Arts Project Australia community, Arts Project will be CLOSED until further notice.
Staff, artists and volunteers should not attend Arts Project until advised.
There is no need for panic at this stage but artists, families and carers should self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing.
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We are endeavouring to have an SMS messaging alert activated in the next few days nevertheless, in the meantime you can phone the following staff members if you have any queries.
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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
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Thank you for your assistance.
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SUE ROFF
Executive Director
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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….

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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’.

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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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COVID-19 PRECAUTION: ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED