Art Ability 2011 5th – 12th December, The Atrium -Federation Square

Lots of Fun, Janet Yong

In 2011, ADEC will again be proudly presenting ArtAbility® to the public, with support from the City of Melbourne, Federation Square, The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), Motion Printing, Jen Clarke Design, Hope For The Future, the Disability Services Commissioner and MediQuest.  The exhibition will run from 5th to 12th December, and will be located at The Atrium, Federation Square, as it has been in years past.
This exhibition unites a range of talented artists of all ages from a variety of cultures.  This year’s theme is Freedom, and we are eagerly anticipating interpretations of this theme, presented in a variety of mediums including paintings (oil, acrylic, ink), sketches, sculptures, tapestries, photographs and even poetry.  ArtAbility® is now in its 7th year.  It provides a high profile platform for artists to express themselves in a way that transcends language, race, age, physical and mental health challenges.  
Many up and coming artists have gone on to host their own exhibitions after taking part in ArtAbility®, and artworks have been purchased by many high profile customers and are on display in public and corporate venues around Melbourne.
If you would like to be involved in ArtAbility®, either as an artist, or as a sponsor, please contact Cassandra Glover, Artistic and General Coordinator, on 9480 1666 or via email on

WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition



To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2012 on February 2, WetlandCare Australia is hosting their 5th annual Australia wide art and photography competition. There are categories for young people and adults, and for the first time the competition includes categories specifically for Indigenous artists.

The categories in the competition have been designed to give as many people as possible the opportunity to submit entries.

All artworks and photographs must be the original work of the entrant, and provided on paper, unframed and up to A3 in size.

All categories of the competition are acquisitive; reproductions of the winning entries of the WetlandCare Australia National Art and Photography Competition may be used by WetlandCare Australia to promote wetlands, and the work of WetlandCare Australia.

The competition closes on December 2 2011.  Winners will be notified on December 22 2011 and awarded their prizes on February 1 2012 at an official awards ceremony at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra.

2011 Western Australian Environmental Art Awards Exhibition

CCWA is proud to present the inaugural Western Australian Environmental Art Awards Exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase art work reflecting the WA environment and key environmental themes and will run from Saturday 22nd October to Saturday 5th November.

EAA2_0.jpg Leaves – Susie Waller                  
Perth City Farm
1 City Farm Place
EAST PERTH – just a couple of minutes walk from Claisebrook station! 

Exhibition opening times:
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Monday closed
Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

For further information, please call (08) 9420 7266 or email

 Visit the exhibition and win a great prize!


Big Green Idea – funding opportunity for eco-visionary Australians

The Big Green Idea is open to any environmentally conscious Aussie eco-innovators who have plans to make a real contribution to Australia’s environmental future.

A maximum of six awards for either $10,000 or $20,000 cash grants will be given in a range of areas including initiatives addressing: waste reduction; transport and travel; energy efficiency; sustainable design; commercially applicable projects for industry; initiatives for creative industries; sustainable design; climate change; and positive communications campaigns.

Applications can be made at Big Green Idea, an initiative of the British Council Australia.

Matty Smith – Winner of 2010 Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Sustainability and Emerging Designer

MattyCSmith, shortdivision, sustainable furniture design, emerging designer, furniture award

For all you modernist furniture fans out there who covet various pieces from Eames, Featherston, Parker and others, you are in for a modern day treat.  A name you may soon be hearing more of is Matty Smith, who just last month won the 2010 Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Sustainability and Emerging Designer with his quirky take on a cabinet named “shortdivision”. 

READ ON to learn more about Matty Smith in his interview with State of Green