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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Chorus Ability Arts https://chorus.org.au/disability-services/ability-arts/

Ability Arts is an innovative and individualised program for people with disabilities based in Mandurah. Their program offers activities in many different art forms including art, pottery, music, yoga and photography.

Disability In the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts (DADAA) https://www.dadaa.org.au

DADAA run a number of visual art, digital art, dance, performance and music workshops for adults and children with disability at their Fremantlle, Midland and Lancelin localities.

Mixed Palette Inc. http://www.mixedpaletteinc.com

Mixed Palette currently run weekly art workshops every Friday morning, as well as art projects, at their Rockingham studio.  Mixed Palette has a focus on promoting inclusive practice within the community and has a core group of artists who have intellectual disability and who model processes, artistic skills and leadership within the group.

Mundaring Arts Centre https://mundaringartscentre.com.au/workshops-and-events

The Mundaring Arts centre run a number of ongoing art workshops facilitated by professional Western Australian artists.  The workshops and the Centre have a very inclusive approach to people with disability.

Rise Arts Hub https://www.risenetwork.com.au/rise-services/rise-creatives

Rise run an Arts Hub that offers a variety of arts and craft activities for people who have a disability of all skills and abilities at their Warwick facility.  These include art, craft, pottery and woodwork.

The Art Corner

Art Mentor Tricia Coffey runs two weekly pottery classes for all abilities, in particular people with intellectual disability.  The classes are held every Thursday and Friday 9.30am-12pm at the Liveringa Art Gallery and Pottery Barn, Edenvale Complex, Pinjarra respectively.  For further information please contact Tricia on 9530 1012 or patricianpark@bigpond.com


Western Australia

Artsource – Peak body for WA artists https://www.artsource.net.au

Awesome Arts (children) https://awesomearts.com

Community Arts Network (CAN) WA https://www.canwa.com.au

Chamber of Arts and Culture WA https://www.cacwa.org.au

Department of Communities – Disability Services http://www.disability.wa.gov.au 

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Culture and the Arts https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/culture-and-the-arts

Disability In the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts (DADAA) https://www.dadaa.org.au

Fremantle Arts Centre https://www.fac.org.au

FORM https://www.form.net.au

Propel Youth Arts WA https://www.propel.org.au

Regional Arts WA https://regionalartswa.org.au


Access Arts (Queensland) http://accessarts.org.au

Accessible Arts / Arts + Disability (New South Wales) https://aarts.net.au

Access2Arts (South Australia) https://access2arts.org.au

Arts Access Australia – Australia national peak body for arts and disability https://artsaccessaustralia.org

Arts Access Victoria https://www.artsaccess.com.au

Arts Project Australia (Victoria) https://www.artsproject.org.au

Australia Council for the Arts https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au

Big hART https://www.bighart.org

Studio A https://www.studioa.org.au/about

Tutti Arts (South Australia) https://tutti.org.au


Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – Culture and the Arts Funding https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries offers a range of programs through their Culture and the Arts Funding  available to Western Australian artists, designers, communities and organisations.  These funding programs are for all art forms and include (but are not limited to) Aboriginal Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Creative Development and Commercial Development.

DADAA – Nexus Arts Grant https://www.dadaa.org.au/find-a-program/nexus-arts-grants/

Launched in 2013, the Nexus Arts Grants are for Western Australian artists with disability aged between 16 and 25. The grant has three categories: $2000 for Kickstart projects, $5000 and $10,00 for more established artists.

Lotterywest – Grants http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants

Lotterywest have a range of grants for not-for-profit organisations (including small unincorporated groups) and local government authorities.  Grant types include but are not limited to Community Events, Community Spaces, Furniture and Equipment, and Projects.

Healthway – Health Promotion Partnership Grant: Arts and Community Events https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/our-funding/apply-for-a-partnership-grant/

Healthway works in partnership with community organisations to create a healthy and more active Western Australia.  Their Partnership Program provides funding to sport, arts, racing, and community events to help WA communities create programs and activities that encourage good health now and into the future.

Regional Arts WA – Funding https://regionalartswa.org.au/funding/

Regional Arts WA manages devolved arts and cultural funding throughout regional and remote Western Australia.  They administer a range of funds and grants throughout the year for arts projects of varying size and scope.

Australia Council for the Arts – Grants http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Each year, they deliver over $200 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country.  They have numerous funding programs for all art forms.

Local Government Authorities

It is worth contacting your local government authority to see what arts or community funding they offer for individuals and organisations.