Getting ready for the Macushla Doyle Memorial Art Prize - Natasha Ulyatt, Cassie Parsons, Amy Serone and Christy Parker with the winning artworks from the Lismore Show art competition.
Getting ready for the Macushla Doyle Memorial Art Prize - Natasha Ulyatt, Cassie Parsons, Amy Serone and Christy Parker with the winning artworks from the Lismore Show art competition.

Artists prepare for VeryAbility

Inspired by the TV show True Blood, Natasha Ulyatt’s painting recently won first prize in the Contemporary Living Issues section of the Lismore Show art competition. Amy Serone also won first prize in the Landscape section with her painting.

These two artists with disabilities are now preparing in the RED Inc (Realising Every Dream) studio for the upcoming Macushla Doyle Art Prize, as part of the VeryAbility Arts Festival.

“It’s great that they won the open section of the Lismore Show art competition, not a youth or special needs section,” Kerrie Divett, RED Inc art organiser said. “They won because they take themselves seriously as artists and keep working at their art practice.”

Running art workshops in the RED Inc studio for people with disabilities, Kerrie said the workshops were important because they provided creative art experiences for people who had limited access to them in the community.

“What some of us are making today are ‘love box’ suitcases that we’ll show in shop front windows as part of the Macushla Doyle Art Prize,” she said.

The Macushla Doyle Art Prize was created in memory of Macushla Karen Darling Doyle, an artist with a disability who inspired and pioneered development and access to the arts for people with disabilities in the Northern Rivers region.

With a first prize of $500, entries close November 20 and everyone is encouraged to enter. Submitted art works will be on display in a number of locations including the Roxy Gallery, Lismore City Hall Fountain Room and the Serpentine Gallery.

For more information, phone Kerrie Divett on 6622 5107 or visit the website www.realartworks.org and follow the links to VeryAbility.

The VeryAbility Arts Festival is an event created by RED Inc in partnership with RealArtWorks Inc, which creatively explores the role love plays in everybody’s lives. Throughout November, the festival will feature workshops, performances, a film festival and The Ball of Love on November 28.

For full festival information, contact RED Inc/RealArtWorks on 6633 1441 or 0431 734 732.


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