Sky’s the limit in exhibition of artistic ability

22 March 2024

Artists' talk at the launch of the art exhibition.
Artists' talk at the launch of the art exhibition.

Living under the same sky was the inspiration behind an art exhibition that has been held in Queen’s Hall at Parliament House.

Conducted by QArt Gallery and Studio from the Melbourne suburb of Kew, the exhibition showcased the works of professional artists with intellectual and physical disability.

'We're celebrating inclusion and diversity and the skills that make us who we are,' said Lily Platts, QArt gallery supervisor.

'We're focusing on the idea that we're all under the same sky and that we can do whatever we like with our lives,' she said.

For the exhibition, titled The Sky is the Limit, the artists explored the notion of clouds and skyscapes, some with an abstract lens while some chose to pursue traditional landscapes.

The paintings at the exhibition included skyscapes and landscapes.

QArt is a social enterprise operated by Endeavour Foundation to create employment and training opportunities for professional artists with disability. It started as an art program for residents of Kew Cottages more than 30 years ago.

'We like to try and broaden the artists’ skills by learning new techniques. We also do a lot of artist talks building their professional skills,' said Lily Platts.

Member for Kew Jess Wilson MP launched the exhibition, with President of the Legislative Council Shaun Leane and other MPs attending alongside the artists and representatives of QArt and Endeavour Foundation.

At the exhibition launch Jess Wilson spoke about the inspiring work of the artists and QArt.

‘The studio works with artists of all abilities providing them with the resources and support they need to create and showcase their work, building a sense of community and fostering a culture of kindness and compassion,’ Jess Wilson said.

‘Having visited the studio and seeing the artists hard at work, I can certainly testify to the fact that this environment fosters creativity with the artists and staff working together on ideas and trying new techniques.’

The artists create works that are unique to them and showcase who they want to be, said gallery supervisor Lily Platts.

The launch included an artists’ talk by three of the artists whose work was included in the exhibition, Jarrod Wendt, Sarah Gibson and Henry Deakin.