Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Arts Access Victoria and Artstop Open Studio recently worked together facilitating workshops and performing at the Emerald Hill Festival on Sunday November 15 



Monday, October 26, 2015

"Art with no boundaries", Fusion Art Studio in the Leader Newspaper!

Pictured (right) is Abdi Rahman, Fusion Arts Studio artist, holding his artwork with Travis Heinrich, WE... Exhibition curator. Fusion Arts Studio artist, Julio Malaspina, is quoted in the article as saying, "The mind can achieve what it can conceive" and "If someone buys it [his artwork titled Do You Know Me] they take me with it".
At the exhibition both Abdi and Julio sold an original artwork, congratulations to them both and to all of Fusion Arts Studio!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"We: A Place to Explore Art, Disability and Inclusion" with Fusion Art Studio

City of Banyule, in partnership with Arts Access Victoria's SRS Studios Program, Araluen and Jets Studios, proudly presents "We: A Place to Explore Art, Disability and Inclusion" exhibition at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space.

The exhibition will feature the work of artists of Fusion Arts Studio and be the first public showing of their work. 

Exhibition Dates: 4th August - 30th August 2015
Location: Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, 14 Ivanhoe Pde, Ivanhoe, VIC
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Free Entry

Thursday, May 7, 2015

From the Archives - Western Lodge SRS Studio

Did you know?! Arts Access Victoria's partnerships with Supported Residential Services (SRS) began back in 2002 at Western Lodge SRS and continued through to 2007. Here are some photos that show the scope of the work produced during that time.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Reservoir Dogs Project at Darebin True North Festival

Thanks to the generous support of Darebin City Council through the Community Support Grant, Edwards Lodge and NorthernTerrace SRS Studios were able to come together to form The Reservoir Dogs Project.
 The Reservoir Dogs Project members and Arts Access Victoria's Nebula arrived at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre to be part of the Darebin True North Festival suite of exciting events.
 Click here to find out more about the Darebin true North Festival.
Here is a film that shows the Life Drawing workshops run by Reservoir Dogs, utilising the Living Statues Garden Party performers as our models. It was a fabulous project with the whole community having a go at drawing, along side the Reservoir Dogs!

Here are some fabulous photographs from the day, by Paul Dunn.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

INVITATION Connecting to Country launch at Whittlesea Community Festival

Please join us at the launch of this exciting project!

Connecting to Country is a community engagement project, aimed to strengthen connection to place for some of the most disadvantaged members of our community. Queens Lodge SRS Studio was established in 2013 to promote access to a range of industry level artistic opportunities for people living in SRS’. This exciting project aims to strengthen connections and partnerships between the arts, disability and environmental sectors, and in doing so, improve well-being and community capacity within the City of Whittlesea.

Connecting to Country is an artistic exploration of local Indigenous culture and environment through experiences and connections made with local Indigenous and environmental experts, including Wurrundjeri Elder, Ian Hunter, Darebin Creek Management Committee and Darebin Parklands’ Artist in Residence, Katie Roberts.

At the City of Whittlesea Community Festival, on March 15th 2015, we will employ Nebula, Arts Access Victoria’s fully accessible mobile art space, to launch the “Connecting to Country” publication of artworks that respond to local Indigenous flora, fauna, history and culture.  We will also showcase an exhibition of original artworks in. Darebin Parklands Artist in Residence, Katie Roberts and Wurrundjeri Elder, Ian Hunter has also contributed to this project.

Connecting to Country is generously supported by the City of Whittlesea Council’s Community Development Grant 2014-5. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Artstop the feature story on Arts Victoria website

"Jim* had been living in supported residential accommodation for a number of years.
Supported Residential Services (SRS) provide accommodation to people who experience significant psychological, intellectual and physical disabilities.

The residents of these services are often extremely vulnerable individuals for whom previous re-engagement with communities has been highly problematic. Many are also at risk of homelessness.

Jim had an instinct for art. He was a regular participant in the visual arts programs offered by Arts Access Victoria at the SRS – though those opportunities were sometimes limited..."


Monday, January 19, 2015

A short film by Fusion Arts Studio

This film was produced through nine weeks at Jets Studio in 2014, where the group developed new skills in multi-media.
This project was generously supported by Banyule City Council through the 2014 Community Development Grant.

Poetry by Fusion Arts Studio artists, exploring "Self"


I am me ……..
Middle. Trung
Eggs that are boiled
Noodle sour, instant

Table tennis with Sam
A bookshop with Saigon
I read romantic novels in the shop
Fast Melbourne trains I ride


I am me…………….

Fashionable colorful

Aware nice holy
Scared depressed
Active busy
Sociable fit
Tasteful outgoing

I go to the theatre
Movies restaurants

Friendly wordly
Good Appetite


The other knee…….

I’ve got the other knee
So you can leave this one alone
-         That’s how I feel sometimes
People can leave me alone

This morning I awoke early
Felt crappy, really tired
Still a bit tired –
Wasn’t gonna come at all

First time I been here
Different sounds
Yeah, yeah sounds
The filming – that was good

I love playing the free bingo
At crown casino
It’s fun
If you’ve got a phone
You put that on vibrate – or silent

Don’t know what I’ll do this afternoon
Let’s wait until tea time.
No tea for me now
I don’t drink tea or coffee, just water


I am me…….

Yes flower
Yes red
Listen to music everyday
Elephant Moroudi
Somali Nico


I am me…….

…….Oh of the things both my best
worst enigmated for me to share
are I are centred.
I am centred,
I am following stuff
As long as I’m tempted to control there

I eat everything
It might as well sit in me
Because I don’t put on weight

Are thankful you are willing to listen
To my opinions and ideas love cards

Eight, footy tips six correct
When others have four;
Twenty three rounds
Are what two things occupy my thought
Jack are we getting the
Chocolates cards numbers story