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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2021 As We Are Award Winners

The biggest of congratulations to all of the 239 participating artists of the 2021 As We Are Art Award and a special mention to our Award winners:

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Deep Winter is a season full of dark nights when shining stars contrast with the black and blue sky. It is a time of deep sleep, hibernation, shadows, spirits, dreaming, nocturnal animals, glow, cold, fire, short days, stories, folklore, rain, storms and regrowth.

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CounterpART Artist Talk

Don’t miss As We Are’s upcoming Artist Talk on Saturday 8th May as part our our current counterpART exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote.

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Image of Jane Ryan artwork made of wire, hessian and wool, featuring a man and woman holding a shared flower.
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counterpART Exhibition

counterpART is an exhibition coordinated by As We Are of leading Western Australian artists with intellectual disability – Katrina Barber, Greg Barr, David Guhl, Rebecca Johnston and Jane Ryan – at Goolugatup Heathcote. The artists involved represent diverse practices including painting, sculpture, and textile and ceramics. This exhibition is an important opportunity to showcase the excellence of the artists as well as their distinctive perspectives and experience.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsnBt9DflN8

A big thank you to Bronywn and Marlon Edwards from Smooth Edge Studio for creating a fantastic min-documentary of the 2020 As We Are Art Award. The video features many of the participating artists and their artworks, including the opening night. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


The biggest of congratulations to all of the 158 participating artists of the 2020 As We Are Art Award and a special mention to our Award winners:

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David Guhl, 'Wildflower Study' (detail), acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 cm
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The annual As We Are Art Award is a state-wide art award and exhibition open to all Western Australian artists who have an intellectual disability (aged 18+). 

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Landscape painting by Kate Leslie
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As We Are : Online Art Workshop Series

As We Are invites our artists to participate in one of our 2 x 6-week Online Art Workshops seriesLandscape Painting and Drawing. Each workshop will be 1.5 hours long, held weekly, and facilitated by talented local WA artists Kate Leslie and Natalie Scholtz.  Each of the two series will be small with a maximum of ten participating artists, to generate an engaging, community atmosphere just like in-person art workshops!

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As We Are Focus Groups

In addition to our current Survey, As We Are would like to invite our artists and community to be part of an interactive Focus Group.  The purpose of the Focus Group meetings is for all of the As We Are community — artists, family, friends, art mentors and support workers, as well as all our broader partners, sponsors, funders and donors — to be able to have a direct say about the future for WA artists who have an intellectual disability.  

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As We Are Stakeholder Survey

Independent consultants Dr Helen Grzyb and Liesbeth Goedhart are conducting a confidential Survey of all As We Are stakeholders. The Survey will take place online between 28 January to 4 February 2020, with a hard copy survey posted to all artists 28 January and to be returned by Friday 7 February 2020.

To complete the Survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2FSWDL

For those interested to learn more about the electronic survey we are conducting to seek your views, we are using Survey Monkey, by direct email (or hard copy) to each As We Are community member, including:

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Winners of the 2019 As We Are Art Award were recently announced at the exhibition opening.  For those that missed the opening night here they are:

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As We Are is very pleased to announce that the 2019 As We Are Art Award will be going ahead this year!  A huge, huge thanks to As We Are community and major supporters LotterywestNulsen Group, My Place and the City of Perth for getting behind this important WA arts initiative and support WA artists who have an intellectual disability.

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As We Are is currently experiencing a financial crisis with the recent loss of core funding from our primary sponsor*.  This major funding cut has meant a time of consolidation or scaling-back for As We Are and poses a very real threat to As We Are’s continued existence.

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Winners of the 2018 As We Are Art Award were recently announced at the exhibition opening.  For those that missed the opening night here they are:

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