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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As We Are Christmas Card Fundraiser – Artists Needed!

In order to help fund our annual As We Are Art Award, As We Are invites Western Australian artists of all ages who have an intellectual disability to design a Christmas inspired illustration or artwork.

As We Are is planning to design and print a set of Christmas cards that we can sell at the exhibition. The 10 cards will feature ‘Christmas inspired’ artworks from artists, which can be in any artform, for example a painting, drawing, print, mixed media, photograph, or even a sculpture. For Christmas inspiration, think Santa, reindeer, presents, Christmas trees, family and friends … only your imagination is the limit!  Each card, made of recycled paper, will feature an image of an artwork on the front and the artist’s name and artwork details on the back.

The first stage only requires interested artists to submit a participation form along with a colour photograph or photocopy of their artwork.  These are due 5pm, Friday 14th August 2015. The 10 selected artists will then be contacted and asked to be deliver their artwork at a later date for professional photographing. Artworks will then be returned to artists for collection following this.

As We Are Coordinator Susie Waller, Manager Patti Ferber and Arts Worker Kate Leslie will select the 10 designs to be used on the Christmas cards. To thank artists for their contribution, each artist will receive a $30 framing voucher to Bitches Brew Custom Picture Framers in Fremantle and a pack of the Christmas cards.

Happy designing!

Artwork: Mathew Clark, ‘Snow Dome’ (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas (Photo: Susie Waller)