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The Exquisite Familiar

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Access2Arts in partnership with AGSA & MOD. Museum

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Art Gallery of South Australia & MOD Museum

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We are so excited about our collaborative art project, The Exquisite Familiar, created in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia and MOD. Museum. Eleven disabled visual artists (either emerging or established) are participating in this paid collaborative project that involves creative workshops and exhibitions at both the Art Gallery of South Australia and MOD Museum, including an exhibition at AGSA in December as a part of the International Day of People with Disabilities.

In this interactive, immersive, multi-art form installation, a group of disabled artists of varying ages, artistic genres, and skills, will bring their ‘Exquisite Familiar’ visions to life and develop their digital capabilities with the support of artistic and technical staff. These artists will use Exquisite Corpse-style art to explore and illustrate the barriers associated with disability through the lens of familiars. Familiars can be found throughout history in folklore and are uncanny creatures who help and protect their owners. In The Exquisite Familiar project, these creatures take on the meaningful and communicative role of metaphors for access and inclusion for people living with a disability.

We were overwhelmed by the number of incredible applications we received for the project and thank you to all who entered! It was a hard task narrowing it down to ten successful applicants, so in the end we settled on eleven, and here they are:

‘The Exquisite Familiar’ Artists

Bundy Bannerman

Dan Withey

Jenny Georgi

Johanna Roberts

Josh Maloney

Lea Leach

Lyn Treloar

Maya Wilson

Mia Rana

Michael Tye

Michele Saint-Yves

We hope you will join us at the exhibition launch of The Exquisite Familiar creations at AGSA at their ‘ILLMATIC’ First Fridays event on December 2nd – the day before International Day of People with Disabilities. Until the end of January, you will be able to check out the visual creations in The Studio and also create your own uncanny creature!

Find more information about the AGSA First Fridays event ‘ILLMATIC’ here.

Share this event through the AGSA Facebook event here.

At MOD. technology-based workshops will be held where the artists will learn new ways to interact with their artworks on digital platforms, adding a new creative method to their artistic repertoire. In 2023, we’ll be digitising the artist’s works from The Studio, and playing around with technological possibilities that will end up displayed at MOD.

Proudly supported by Arts South Australia.

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