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Artists Living With Disability Retreat To The Australian Bush To Find Inspiration Post COVID-19 Lockdown

Sunday 8 November 2020


From Australia's ABC:


The women say the Bundanon retreat was critical to
re-discovering their art after the COVID lockdown.
(ABC News: Mary Lloyd)

Artists living with disability retreat to the Australian bush to find inspiration post COVID-19 lockdown

By disability affairs reporter Nas Campanella and the Specialist Reporting Team's Celina Edmonds
Posted Friday 23 October 2020
© 2020 ABC.

These female artists living with disabilities have been freed from months of isolation due to coronavirus lockdowns — and now they've reignited their creative minds in the Australian bush.

An artists' residency, organised for them by the Bundanon Trust and Accessible Arts, aims to provide opportunities to creatives living with disability.

The five women spent a week in purpose-built studios at Bundanon, the former home of the late artist Arthur Boyd, on the NSW south coast.

The ABC joined them, and these are their stories.

Michelle Teear

Landscape painter Michelle Teear has always been fascinated by the Australian outdoors.

The 36-year-old from Lake Macquarie lives with a form of chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS).

She spends a month each year living in nature and her work is inspired by Australia's unique wildlife and the colours and shapes of the landscape.

"It's a really meditative process, it creates calm for me and when I'm in that space working, I'm in my best mindset," Ms Teear said.

"I live with chronic pain so anything I can do to feel better is a win."


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