Artist Product Lines, Disability and the Arts Forum, 29 July 2016

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As We Are in partnership with Nulsen Disability Services, the City of Fremantle and Mosaic Community Care held the 6th Disability and the Arts Forum,  Artist Product Lines: Expanding Your Art Practice, Income and Audience” on the 29 July 2016 at the Pakenham Street Art Space (PSAS) in Fremantle.


While exhibiting artwork in exhibitions and galleries is an integral component of being a successful artist, the forum focused on developing and selling an art product line as another significant way to expand one’s creative practice as well as your income and audience.



Artist Valda Petersen talking at the Forum


There were four inspiring speakers at the forum including two Western Australian artists who have an intellectual disability and two arts industry professionals.  The speakers shared their experience of developing successful product lines that reflected one’s unique artistic style, including: deciding what product/s to create and materials to use; creating the products, including sourcing materials; naming, labelling and packaging products; pricing and selling art products; maintaining a customer base; as well as product successes, failures and lessons learnt:


  • Rebecca Johnston, Artist  – Bec’s Dogs
  • Kellee Aberg, Creative Director, Community First – The Corner Shop
  • Valda Petersen, Artist  – Sunshine Designs by Valda
  • Karen Hazell, Stockist, Aspects of Kings ParkQuality Art Products


Please click on the links above to view the relevant speaker presentations.  For further information about the forum speakers and topics you can download a copy of the Forum Flyer here.




One of artist Rebecca Johnston’s colourful ceramic dogs ‘Pipa’


Following the forum was a two-day Pop-Up Art Shop where forum attendees as well as members of the community had the opportunity to see first-hand, as well as purchase, art products from a select number of As We Are artists including: Katrina Barber, Justin Carter, Clive Colander, Gillian Deague, Aimee Dickson, Peter Dixon, Rebecca Johnston, Janine Noonan, Valda Petersen, Jane Ryan and The Corner Shop artists.  The Pop-Up Art Shop was a great success!  Please click here to download a flyer for the Pop-Up Art Shop.