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 painting of five dogs of varying colours and sizes on the sand, one with a ball, standing on the cream sand and in front of a blue ocean with waves and a blue sky

Image: Jane Ryan, ‘Dogs at Leighton Beach’ (detail), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 80 cm

(Photo: Garry Wilcox)



The annual As We Are Art Awards are a state-wide art award and exhibition open to all Western Australian artists with intellectual disability (aged 18+).  Entries can be in any art medium, though works are limited in size and weight: 1m x 1m and up to 5kg for two-dimensional works, and 0.5m3 and up to 10kg for three-dimensional works.  In 2021, artists will be invited to submit one entry, with all entries submitted the artists’ original works and produced in the 12-month period prior to the entry closing date.


For the fourth year running, the 2021 exhibition is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, in their Level 2 Main Foyer.


Entry is a two-part process. Firstly, entrants are required to submit a completed Entry Form, and secondly, entrants are required to deliver their artworks approximately three weeks later (see ‘Key Dates’ section below).


You can submit your entry form via email, post or online. Please click here to download a copy of the Entry Form and Conditions of Entry. And click here for the Easy English Entry Form.


In 2021 there will be eight art award categories, each with a respective cash prize of $1,000, with all entries judged by a professional, independent visual arts panel:


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrants only)
  • Contemporary Art Award
  • David Guhl Award for Artistic Excellence
  • Patti Ferber Creative Development Award
  • Regional Art Award (Regional entrants only)
  • Rosalind Lewis Award
  • Stephen Delower Memorial 3D Award (3D entries only)
  • People’s Choice Award (as voted by the public)

The judges will also award up to ten Certificates of High Commendations for outstanding entries.


The 2021 As We Are Art Awards are proudly supported by:


Principal Partner: Nulsen Group 


Major Partners: Activ, Rise, Uniting WA


Award Sponsors:  AurendaHon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Senses Australia, Succession Matters, Tunbridge Gallery and Victoria Park Centre for the Arts

Key 2021 Dates:

Entry Forms Due: 5pm Friday 8th October 2021.  Please note incomplete and late entry forms will not be accepted.

Delivery of Artwork: 1-4pm, Tuesday 26th October 2021, Level 2 Main Foyer, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Regional entrants can also deliver their artwork between 9am-2pm, Monday 11th to Friday 15th October 2021 to one of following six Activ regional offices:

  • 11 Minna Street, Centennial Park, Albany
  • 16 Beddingfield Street, Davenport, Bunbury
  • 30 Cook Street, Busselton
  • 114 Sanford Street, Geraldton
  • 1A Outridge Terrace, Kalgoorlie
  • 20 Moore Street, Kellerberrin

Exhibition Opening and Award Presentation Evening: 5-7pm, Saturday 30th October 2021, Level 2 Main Foyer, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Exhibition Opening Hours: 9am-5pm daily, (staffed 10am-4pm), Sunday 31st October to Sunday 14th November 2021

Collection of Artwork (Unsold): 5-7pm Sunday 14th November OR 10am-12pm Monday 15th November 2021, Level 2 Main Foyer, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth