At the conclusion of the Incognito Art Show 2024, all profits raised will go towards funding programs at Studio A and Little Orange, both arts companies that provide professional development for artists living with disabilities.
Not only do we support these organisations with programs, we also have the benefit of exhibiting their beautiful art. There is a huge amount of Studio A and Little Orange artwork contributed to the show, which we’re very grateful for!
The Incognito Art Show team is immensely proud of our partnership with these fantastic organisations. We’ll tell you a bit more about them below!
Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney, Australia that tackles the barriers artists with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The 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. It also manages an annual exhibition program and facilitates weekly workshops provided by invited contemporary artists. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.
The Studio A program is structured to operate as a social enterprise, meaning revenue derived from the program’s activities is invested back into the program to increase its artistic and social outcomes. Income derived from the sale and exhibition of artwork directly benefits the artist.
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.
Read more about Studio A’s history here.
Little Orange Studio
Little Orange is a working studio based at Campbelltown Arts Centre for artists who identify as a person living with disability, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and/or Disabled Creatives. Since 2014, the studio has fostered artistic practice through the provision of materials, mentorships, business training and access to industry professionals. Working across a broad range of mediums, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, performance and new media, the studio provides the artists with a platform to develop and launch their careers.
Past projects by Little Orange artists include a large-scale mural at Apex Park by Jess Fesic, a floor mural at Ingleburn Town Centre by Jessica Pound, and a NAIDOC week mural at Macarthur Square by Sri Thulin. 2019 achievements include Little Orange Presents at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, where Adam Jones performed in a tarot booth, Imogen Jade served drinks at her Creamy Cocktail Bar and Joel Beers offered rides on Tony’s Bus made of cardboard installed over a real golf buggy. Little Orange set up their working studios and spoke to visitors about their practice at The Other Art Fair 2019 and hosted the birthday celebration of Campbelltown Art Centre’s 30th Anniversary exhibition ‘We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)’. Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of NSW invited the Studio to collaborate on the AGNSW Art After Hours ‘2019 International Day of People with Disability’ exhibition and a series of ‘Love & Happiness’ Kaldor talks. 2020 saw the studio focus on public art projects, including Eagle Farm Park, Redfern Park, Rizal Park and a city-wide domestic violence awareness campaign with artist Giselle Stanborough. In 2021, Richard J Bell was mentored by Tongan culture and language consultant Mary Haeva, and Xeni Kusumitra’s painting of C-A-C Director Michael Dagostino, marking his tenth year at the Arts Centre, and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. In August 2022, C-A-C presented Little Orange Goes Big, an immersive gallery take-over of new work foregrounding the ethos and energy of the studio.
Little Orange Studio is coordinated by David Capra and co-facilitated by Julie Finch.