Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that
tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability
face in accessing conventional education, professional
development pathways and opportunities needed to be
successful and renowned visual artists. Studio A is a social enterprise paves
professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve
their artistic and economic aspirations. Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped
with specialist materials and support-staff.
Studio A contributes to various personal outcomes for the artists including increased self esteem, increased aspirations for the future, broader social networks and a sense of belonging, increased financial security and improved mental health. More broadly, within the community Studio A reduces stigma associated with people with disability and increases diversity and inclusion. Studio A offers the mainstream arts sector access to new artists and new opportunities for unique collaborations.
Object Shop has a selection of work by these Studio A artists:
Damian is a painter and proficient weaver. Just like his approach to painting, on the loom the artist blends colours and patterns to compose compelling textile wall pieces, sculptures and cushions.
Studio A’s resident romantic, Meagan Pelham, has a weakness for romance. She creates delicate drawings of brides, wedding cakes, and love-heart shaped cocktails glasses. Meagan believes owls are the most romantic of all animals and this is a repeated motif in her work.
Whether creating cushioned royal characters from plush, embellished fabric, or painting familiar scenes of still life, Emily Crockford’s artworks balance a series of seeming opposites. Blocks of strong colour sit alongside areas of intricate pattern, as does a sense of energy sit with contemplation.
Greg Sindel is a passionate and prolific graphic novelist. An ardent researcher, Greg is an expert on cult comic and horror film classics and is constantly sourcing new material from which to derive inspiration. His collection of fish jewellery at Object Shop is inspired by Moby Dick.
There's a compelling visceral depth beneath the surface of Jeanette Scanes' painting. Jeanette's work is sometimes representational, but is largely abstract and always enchanting.
Studio A’s resident ruffian Adam Mandarano acts tough but weaves delicately. In his woven works Adam sensitively collages textures and tones to create cohesive wearable works of art.
For more detailed artist biographies, click here.
Image: Damian Showyin, Cushion cover. Photo courtesy of Studio A