Empowering artists with intellectual disability

As We Are is an important Western Australian
community initiative that aims to bring joy and
wellbeing to the lives of artists with
intellectual disability.


As We Are Art Awards

Our annual state-wide exhibition and awards
program showcases the talents of WA artists
with intellectual disability.


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A ceramic koala with a blanket sitting on a charred piece of round wood

Image: Barbara Tilly, How Much Can a Koala Bear’, 2020, earthenware ceramic, glaze, wood, 10 x 16 x 15 cm

(Photo: Garry Wilcox)

Our Goals

AWA’s goals are built on three key pillars:

Artistic Vibrancy

Develop artistic possibility and creative opportunities for artists with intellectual disability to create, promote and present their work through skills development and professional opportunities.

Individual Cultural Aspiration

Provide people with intellectual disability the opportunity and means to exercise their right to fulfil their arts aspiration and practice, and share this with the community.


Stabilise and resource AWA to be a thriving arts organisation that is sustainable and resilient, maintaining relevance to people with intellectual disability and the broader arts community.