Budding artists of all abilities given chance to get creative in new art program

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Albany creatives Tracey Margetts, Bob Symons and Gail Gates.
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Greater creative expression will soon be available to Great Southern people of all abilities after the formation of a new art program.

The Community Living Association and Vancouver Arts Centre received $25,000 in WA Government COVID-19 recovery funding to deliver the program Art Ability, which will give people with a disability the opportunity to engage in art, including painting, sculpture and photography.

The association’s chief business officer Vicki Corpus said the free workshops would take people on a journey of self-discovery.

“Participants will have opportunities to engage socially, be creative and develop life skills such as communication, self-confidence, time management, focus, concentration, attention to detail, improved hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills,” she said.

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The eight-week program will also help them produce art reflecting their likes and dislikes and also share aspects of their lives.

The workshops will be facilitated by local artists Gail Gates, Tracey Margetts and photographer Bob Symons.

An exhibition open to the public for one week will be a chance for participants to showcase their work.

Art Ability will run from August 10 until September 30, with weekly workshops held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Participants 16 and over who have a disability support pension are eligible to join.

To register, call the arts centre on 6820 3740.

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