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RED Inc Art @ The Channon

The Annual RED Inc Exhibition
17 October to 31 October, 2014

Expression through art is demonstrated in works of various media by the participants of RED Inc Lismore and Byron Bay art programs. These programs present disabled people with a range of skills and develop their artistic abilities. Many artists seek the ability to communicate or express something through their art. These artists demonstrate their diverse abilities in a vibrant multitude of ways.

To find out more about RED Inc and the great work that they do, have a look at their website.

Available artwork by RED Inc artists is catalogued under the Artist Name (at right) and may be purchased directly from RED Inc. The gallery will pass on all enquiries of any works or Artists of interest to RED Inc. Just click on the ENQUIRY link adjacent to the relevant artwork on the Artist’s page to get the ball rolling.
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    Still Life Fruit by Nathan Gooley

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    Earth by Justine Rose

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Based in Lismore and Byron Bay, RED Inc offers a range of programmes for people with disability, aimed at improving their opportunities and choices in life and, more broadly, building a culture of inclusivity and respect for disabled people in the wider community.

These are our words, not theirs! For much more information on the work of RED Inc, please view their website - www.redinc.org.au.

As the artwork of the RED Inc artists arrived in the gallery and we had our first opportunity to view it in-person, it made us reflect on many things associated with art and the processes of creating art, whether the artist is disabled or not.

As gallery people, we are mainly interested in the outcome or the visual product of the creation process. For us it’s all about the artwork - its perceived quality and its visual and emotional engagement. This normally provokes a subsequent interest in the processes and creative thinking that were employed in the work’s creation. This is all about the artist and how he or she works and thinks.

Arts programmes in the broader spectrum of the work undertaken with disabled people are often considered within an ‘expressive art therapy’ or ‘creative art therapy’ paradigm. The visual arts are often just a part of a broader engagement in a number of artistic modalities. They are perhaps more about ‘the process’ than ‘the product’ and there are very good reasons for that. Such programmes facilitate sociability, inclusion, motivation, co-ordination and concentration. They employ processes to promote self-expression, storytelling, understandings of feelings and frustrations as well as communicating the same. They are also sometimes an escape from the daily routine and the struggles encountered in living with disability. All of this is great work!

Looking around at the artworks that we have before us, we can sort of imagine how all of these things came about in the RED Inc studios - what the creation of art might have done for the artists and how they made their art.

What we see here is ‘ability’ though, not disability.

This artwork often articulates its own story. Some of it is highly expressive, some of it is naive and some of it is poignantly minimal. So much of it is really interesting as a final product, regardless of the process.

We in no way wish to take anything away from our exhibiting professional artists - the richness of their creative processes, their fine outcomes and the great respect that we have for them - but it’s refreshing to experience the work of a bunch of very individual people brought together because of their shared life experiences. They may be classified as ‘amateur’ artists and their work may not be seen as ‘fine art’ in terms of the ‘isms’ and the often tedious descriptors that go along with such terminology, but at face value - the work as it is visually perceived and experienced - has the potential to engage on many levels with its audience. Some pieces will be more successful in some people’s eyes than others; some will be moving, amusing, challenging, disturbing, peaceful or playful.

That’s art … and we celebrate it!

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Paintings by Mark Dein, Jen Lowry, Kieran Fahy and Leanne Rose.
Paintings by Wendy Lane, Tiffany Hilder, Tamarrah Warry, Liam Bruce (sold and on its way to Melbourne!) and Poppi McCarthy.
'Farm House" by Zion Stewart.
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Works by John Rose (two main paintings in frame).
Wall sculpture and jewellery by Justine (Juzzie) Rose.
Paintings by Peter Dickson, John Cieslak, Maddie Fletcher, Jen Lowry and Wendy Lane. Jewellery by Sarah Stuart and Justine Rose. Ceramic by Cassie Spiteri.
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Works by Jackson Reid, Justine (Juzzie) Rose and Alison Rose.
Exquisite trio of works by Peter MacDonald.
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Just some of the tiles made in the RED Inc Ceramic Studio.