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Front Up

By Adam Knapper

Front Up is a drawing project by Melbourne-based artist Adam Knapper. The project is a sequence of portrait drawings of Deaf and Disabled creatives who live and/or work in the City of Port Phillip. Presented here on the windows of Arts Access Victoria.

The portrait sitting involved a conversation with Adam’s creative peers. These sittings allowed them to connect on shared experiences and create meaning through the process. The drawings were made with a single line where Adam observed the sitter for the duration of the drawing. The linework happens quickly and intuitively. Watercolour was then used to give further form and life to the final work.

Front Up aims to represent and empower Deaf and Disabled artists through the creative process of portrait drawings.

Listen to The Audio Descriptions of the works below

View the Front Up artworks

Iconic Landscapes of the Emerald Hill Precinct,

By Jo Monteleone

This visual art exhibition presents a series of touchable linocuts and limited edition prints celebrating iconic landmarks of the Emerald Hill precinct, such as the South Melbourne Market and other historic buildings. Each artwork has been painstakingly created by Deafblind artist, Joe Monteleone.

Listen to The Audio Descriptions of the works below

View the Iconic Landscapes of the Emerald Hill Precinct works


By Ryan New

Ryan New and Phillip Adams

Ryan New expands upon the nature of his artistic practise focusing on the recent collaboration of ‘SICK’ with Phillip Adams Director of BalletLab. ‘SICK’ is an interdisciplinary performance that critiques acceptance and challenges expectations of artists with disability. Ryan will discuss his experiences of personal discovery and choreographic process working on SICK with Phillip Adams and visual artist Jake Preval.

A work like ‘SICK’ breathes in the surrealist fantasies that childhood can suggest. ‘SICK’ reveals an aesthetic of surface frivolity that incorporates Baroque and Renaissance references; it is blitzed with personal quirks, dark humour, cinematic dreams, social commentary and dysfunction of self-identity.

Ryan’s presentation will include video highlights of ‘SICK’ in development, followed by a Q&A moderated by Kate Sulan, Artistic Director of Rawcus.

View SICK by Ryan New

Thriving Fridays

In Emerald Hill

Diverse bodies are moving in front of the south melbroune town hall.

We will be presenting a series of events and workshops as part of Thriving Fridays, to stay up today sign up to our eNews or check out what’s on over the coming months.

Thriving Friday will be featuring artists Joe MonteleoneHeidi EverettSamsara DunstonAdam Knapper, Hugh McNabRyan New, Daniel CoulsonDave Houston with students from Port Phillip Specialist School, Sabina Knox, and more!

Partners and Sponsorship

Thrive is proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria in partnership with the City of Port Phillip.

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Find out more about Thriving Fidays