Arts Project Australia Annual Gala supports artists with intellectual disability

200+ artworks up for sale in much-loved yearly auction and exhibition.

Words: Charlotte Middleton

Returning with an in-person exhibition and online auction in 2021, Arts Project Australia (APA)’s Annual Gala, loved by collectors and artists alike, presents more than 200 artworks by more than 150 APA studio artists.

With artworks spanning drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and ceramics, the auction will be hosted by Leonard Joel on Sunday 12 December 2021, with 60% of artwork sales going directly to the artists.

A creative social enterprise providing support for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Arts Project Australia is a not-for-profit organisation promoting artists’ work and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice. Since its inception, APA has strived for excellence both in the quality of the exhibitions presented at the Collingwood Yards space, and the quality of the innovative studio program attended by 150+ artists at their Northcote location and online (Satellite Arts).

Usually held at the Arts Project Australia gallery, the Annual Gala will this year be presented at the Collingwood Yards gallery, following changes over the past two years to move more exhibitions and programming online. In-person viewings will be available from 8 to 12 December (in line with the easing of restrictions in Victoria).

“It’s a good chance to exhibit,” says Mark Smith, a resident APA artist since 2007. “It makes you feel really proud. It’s an acknowledgement for your hard-earned work.”

Arts Project Australia Annual Gala 2021:

Date: 12 December
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm AEST
In-person exhibition and online auction hosted by Leonard Joel

In-person viewings: 8 – 12 December
Wed – Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat 12pm – 4pm
Location: Collingwood Yards, Level 1, Perry St entrance

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This article was originally published 19 November 2021.

Image supplied by Arts Project Australia.


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