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Gabrielle

Gabrielle Mordy

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: New South Wales Arts - Visual > General
To explore processes and structures operating to support artists with disabilities to participate within mainstream art networks - USA, UK
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Highlights

  • Spending time in Supported Studios, seeing their artists in action and speaking with staff. Studios included; Action Space, Intoart & Project Artworks in UK & LAND, Creative Growth and NIAD in USA
  • Visiting galleries interviewing curators who work with Supported Studios including Riccco Maresca, Fleisher/Ollman and the Brooklyn Museum
  • Interviewing cultural institutions who work with Supported Studios included TATE Modern (London), MOMA (New York) and the American Folk Art Museum (New York)

Major Lessons

  • Social, political and cultural trends significantly impact how artists with intellectual disability interact with the mainstream art world
  • Government policy and funding initiatives have been imperative in the creative and career development of internationally famous artists with intellectual disability, such as Judith Scott
  • Supported Studios have played a critical role in the career development of artists with intellectual disability in the UK and USA
  • Successful Supported Studios have good governance, clear strategic direction, staff trained in the arts and strong professional networks
  • Leading Supported Studios have invested in capital development. That is, they have renovated their studio space and gallery inline with professional arts industry and positioned themselves in key art districts
  • Supported Studios and cultural institutions need to work collaboratively and engage in regular conversation to achieve outcomes for artists
  • Participation as exhibiting artists can lead to increased self-esteem, social cohesion and income for artists with intellectual disability
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