More than 50 Victorian artists who live with disability will exhibit their artworks to the general public at the annual Kaleidoscope Exhibition, an initiative of leading disability service provider Scope.

The Kaleidoscope exhibition will feature a rich variety of art, ranging from digital prints projected onto the walls of the gallery including striking still life interpretations, vibrant oil paintings of landscapes and portraits.

Kaleidoscope is an inclusive arts initiative that includes the exhibition, artists attend group workshops, compete in an annual competition and have the opportunity to participate in an artist mentorship program.

Artist Jarrod Mayer who created an acrylic black and white portrait of Biggie Smalls says he is thrilled to be featured in Kaleidoscope.

‘Making art is my passion. It’s been the best way for me to relieve stress and it’s something that brings great joy into my life,’ said Jarrod.

‘I am really proud to be exhibited in the Kaleidoscope Exhibition and to have the public view my work. Being featured in Kaleidoscope encourages me to create more art in the future,’

Scope CEO Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald said the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme would enable more people with disability to participate in recreational activities of their choice.

“Scope provides a range of inclusive recreational activities for people with disability, ranging from arts to modified sports, that enable people we support to participate in their wider community.

“The Kaleidoscope exhibition provides a great platform for our talented artists to showcase their work, and is an opportunity for community engagement, breaking down barriers and creating a more inclusive society.”

Kaleidoscope will run between Thursday 23rd March to Sunday April 2nd 2017 at No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, QV, Melbourne. Entry is free. No Vacancy Gallery is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Filming opportunities:
• Artworks by 50 local artists living with a variety of physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities on public display
• Artists and Scope representatives available for interview.

About Scope

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals.

Across Victoria, Scope provides services to over 6,000 people with a disability across more than 100 service locations.

Scope also works with corporate and community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability.

Scope’s foundations stretch back to 1948, when a group of parents who wanted better lives and options for their children with disabilities established the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria.

Scope acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

For media enquires please contact:
Ai-Lin Chang
Media Relations Coordinator
T: 03 9843 2086
E: achang@scopeaust.org.au