Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Eurobodalla Council is inviting the community to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability over the next week.

A range of special events and exhibitions are planned to mark International Day of People with Disability on Sunday 3 December.

Council’s Involve art group will host an exhibition at Dr Mackay Community Centre in Moruya showcasing participants’ paintings, many of which will be for sale.

Meeting each week, the group helps people with disability develop their ideas and passions through visual art products with earning potential.

Batemans Bay’s Peter Janelsin is excited about the exhibition and having his art on show.

“I like doing art, it makes me feel good,” he said.

“I do houses and pictures of the Harbour Bridge. I like drawing with pencils and textas. It’s very interesting for me, it keeps my mind going.”

Narooma’s Corey Stewart likes using art to express himself.

“When I just draw it makes me feel happy,” he said.

The exhibition opening on Thursday 30 November will include catering by Council’s social enterprise, Evolve Catering, and be followed by a performance by participants and an open mic session.

The exhibition will continue at Dr Mackay Community Centre to Thursday 7 December and will finish with a mini makers market from 4-7pm. On sale will be home-made kasundi zucchini relish, tea towels featuring participants’ art and hand-made beeswax wraps.

The art group’s stunning silkscreen prints will also be on display and sale at Moruya and Narooma Libraries from 1-23 December. The artists will talk about their work at a special panel discussion at Narooma Library on Tuesday 5 December, and Moruya Library Thursday 7 December, 11am-12pm.

Meanwhile, Batemans Bay Library will host photographs and artworks by longstanding member of staff, Andrew Radford, from Friday 1 December to 23 December. Andrew will speak about his works, which reflect his enthusiasm for cars, at an artist floor talk on Wednesday 6 December, 11am-12pm.

International Day of People with Disability events:

  • Involve art group paintings exhibition, Dr Mackay Community Centre, Moruya, Thursday 30 November to Thursday 7 December

  • Mini Makers Market, featuring items made by Involve art group, Dr Mackay Community Centre, Thursday 7 December 4-7pm

  • Involve art group silkscreen exhibition, Moruya and Narooma Libraries, 1-23 December, during library opening hours.

  • Andrew Radford photography exhibition, Batemans Bay Library, 1-23 December, during library opening hours.

International Day of People with Disability aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

This year’s theme is “transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, focussing on empowering people with disability to be active contributors to society.

Above: James Tuff and Hayley Badenoch’s joint creation will be on show at the exhibition.

Above: Corey Stewart with his very impressive self-portrait.

Above: Peter Janelsin loves creating intricate paintings and drawings.

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