Art Partners is a mentorship program that matches protégés (people with disability) with mentors and together they participate in mainstream art classes and activities in Bunbury.
The Stirling Street Arts Centre was one of the two venues approached to participate in the Art Partners pilot project in 2011. The pilot was enthusiastically received and the program has continued to gain momentum.
Partnerships are active in Tuesday Club and regularly participate in painting classes. Partnerships have also attended pottery classes and are members of the Photography Group of Bunbury which meets at the Centre.
Art Partners has been particularly successful in connecting the partnerships with the wider community. Roslyn Burns, who attends Tuesday Club has not only exhibited her work at the Centre, but is the subject of a short ABC Open video:
Watercolourist Mark Anderson, who was mentored by Rosalie Carmichael, received written comments about his work from well known Australian artist Malcolm Beattie.
Art Partners is currently sponsored by the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Disability Services Commission and has received a Community Living and Participation Grant. A host of other organisations and individuals also make generous financial contributions which are integral to the continuation of Art Partners. Enable Southwest is the program’s auspice agency.
If you would like to get involved with Art Partners, please contact the Program Officer at 9791 6997. The Program Officer also works at the Centre on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – noon and is available to meet with you.