The impact of artistic engagement on health and wellbeing is the subject of much research and study but you only need to come to a Kaleidoscope exhibition to see the benefit in action.

Kaleidoscope is Scope’s inclusive art initiative which gives budding artists with a disability a platform to explore and express their creativity, opinions and emotions in an accessible and supportive environment.

Greg Muir, who has carved out a career in the visual and performing arts with Scope’s support, says,

“I felt so good the first time I painted. I was so calm and so relaxed, I had never felt like that before. When someone sees my paintings, I want to teach them about my people, my history and my identity. I want them to see the world through my eyes.”

This year, Greg and more than 70 other artists participated in the program that includes an art prize, mentoring and exhibition opportunities in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The highlight is the annual exhibition in Melbourne which was once again hosted at Melbourne’s No Vacancy Gallery at QV.

The exhibition was officially opened on 1 March and drew a large crowd of guests, testament to the growing popularity of the program and the artwork.

Barb Edis, another established Kaleidoscope artist gave the keynote speech and shared about the impact art has had on her life.

Missed out on seeing Kaleidoscope art in person? Make sure you get to Greg Muir’s exhibition coming up later in the year – it’s sure to be a cracker.

Greg Muir Solo Exhibition: Sunday 8 July – Sunday 15 July 2018
Opening Saturday 7 July 2018 at 2pm (exhibition opening performance will include an Indigenous dance welcome ceremony) at No Vacancy Gallery at QV, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne.

Kaleidoscope artist Barb Edis (right) with niece Belinda (left) and nephew Rob (centre).

Feature image: Kaleidoscope artist Rosie Anderson (right) with art tutor Jenny Jessop.