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Art and You: A Planning Guide

Art & You: A Planning Guide is a downloadable booklet for people with disability, mental health issues or who are Deaf to help them talk about why art is important in their lives.



Developed in collaboration with a group of artists with mental health issues, Art & You is a combination guide and workbook: there are chapters outlining things like your rights as an artist, and then chapters in which you can answer questions, brainstorm and draw. 

All of these exercises are designed to help you clearly articulate why art matters to you, what kind of art you want to make and how, when and with whom you want to make that art. 

Feeling confident in talking about your artmaking can help your friends, family, colleagues, health professionals and, most importantly, NDIS planners understand your arts practice and why its important to you.


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Start using Art & You: A Planning Guide

To use Art & You, you just need to download the file (click the blue download button) print it out and collate the pages into a booklet. Alternatively, you can contact Arts Access Victoria and have a copy sent to you. 

If this document is not accessible to you, please contact Arts Access Victoria.

Art Form is our new resource for young people with mental health issues (launched in Feb 2018).

Arts Access Victoria would like to acknowledge the Arts and Mental Health Network – a group of 25 artists with mental health issues – for their invaluable contributions to co-designing this resource, and the Connecting the Dots Steering Committee for their guidance.

Art & You – A Planning Guide was supported by the Victorian Government through the Department of Health and Human Services and Creative Victoria.

'Art and You' film was produced for Arts Access Victoria by Singing Bowl Media.


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