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.

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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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Various fam animals including a chicken, pig and horse eating green grass in a paddock

Image: Tim Maley, Animals in the Paddock Eating Grass, 2021, paint pens and acrylic, 61 x 45 cm

(Photo: Garry Wilcox)

Our Vision

To be a cultural leader, pivotal to the contemporary arts in Western Australia, providing people with intellectual disability the means to create and share their art with the community.

As a vibrant social enterprise we deliver quality art programs and provide best practice support for our artists and professional development for our staff artists, from our own space as well as other locations.

With the collaboration of our partners, our impact extends to include all communities. We are initiators of cultural agency, enablers of social change and advocates for inclusion. Our high-profile curated exhibition is showcased at the Art Gallery of Western Australia attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Our Purpose

To empower people with intellectual disability to express themselves creatively, showcasing their work as a contribution to the community through:

  • meaningful contemporary art programs and exhibitions
  • professional pathways as well as recreational art groups
  • access to relevant mainstream arts initiatives, and
  • a Disability and the Arts Network to enhance our artists’ artistic, social and economic value.