New art competition to raise awareness for people with disabilities

GET INVOLVED: Take part in the My Left Leg project and help raise awareness for a good cause. Pic: SUTTERSTOCK
GET INVOLVED: Take part in the My Left Leg project and help raise awareness for a good cause. Pic: SUTTERSTOCK

A new art project, the My Left Leg Project, is an Limestone Coast art competition designed to increase awareness about the difficulties people with disabilities have negotiating a world built by those without a disability.

The project is the concept of The Limestone Coast Inclusion Reference Group, initiated by NDIS and Mission Australia in the Limestone Coast.

All members of the group have experienced disability and it was initially designed to help local councils understand the limitations people with disabilities have negotiating all aspects of life within a country town/ city.

This project will increase awareness within the general public.

The project was the brainchild of Naracoorte local and above knee amputee Jo Telfer, who seven years ago lost her leg to complications from diabetes.

As with the majority of IRG members, Mrs Telfer has had to relearn how to live in a world that no longer existed for her.

The art competition will be open to all genres of visual arts ie: artists, crafters, sculptors and photographers.

There will be two categories - artists with a disability and artists without a disability.

Artists with a disability will be asked to do an artwork which depicts their disability along with a short story about their disability and how it impacts on their everyday life.

Those without a disability will be given a choice of disabilities and will be required to do an artwork based on their interpretation of that disability and perhaps a short story on how they came to that interpretation.

Those disabilities will be:

  • Amputees
  • Vision impairment
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Autism
  • Mental Health

The stories from each artist will be placed next to their artwork.

Entry to the competition is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

A first prize of $500 will be given to the winner, which will be decided by the public with gold coin donations - the artwork which has the most money at the end of the voting period will be the winner.

The exhibit will be on display in Mount Gambier from December 2 to December 22.

Mrs Telfer hopes to see the exhibit travel around the Limestone Coast to give everyone in the region a chance to see it and experience the messages the artworks portray.

As well as the exhibit, the group has arranged special guest artist Cathy Armfield, formerly of Millicent, who will hold a mandala workshop for a reduced price of $20 a head.

The group has other plans in the works, including a plan to provide stickers to local business to help inform customers which businesses are disability-friendly.

For more information or for entry forms, contact Jo at jojonara@icloud.com or phone 0429 070 675.