Artist creates new form
Maysa is a Melbourne artist who has a vision impairment. She recently had a theatrical show called
Nest at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In her show the audience walks through an area where they experience the forms of hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. Maysa asks the audience to describe objects to her. She wants them to imagine the world from her eyes. Maysa's creativity is influenced by her Egyptian and Italian background, and her disability.
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Posted by: Thomas Banks, on 23/10/12
I spoke to two artists. Warwick is a writer who has mental health issues. He says writing is a way for him to calm his mind. He has done a writing piece about the many social workers he has met. They all gave him a different view on how he can change his life. Warwick likes sharing his work with other people. Adam is a writer and painter who has a mental illness. He often goes back to a painting to repaint it after many years. He does not think having a mental illness helps creativity.
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Posted by: Graeme Turner, on 22/10/12
Deaf businesses and Deaf women
Owning and running a business isn't easy. You must be hard-working and creative. You also need to communicate well. Some Deaf people may feel disadvantaged in selling their business idea. They have to find ways to communicate their ideas. I spoke with Lisa and Asphyxia who are two amazing Deaf women. Both own and run a business. Lisa travels around Queensland teaching Australian Sign Language, art and drama workshops and yoga classes. Asphyxia is a performer and has a puppet show. Sheperforms all around Australia. Internet technology like email and Skype help them to work.
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Posted by: Karli Dettman, on 12/09/12
Tim Ferguson is a comedian, writer, actor and teacher. He was part of the comedy group the
Doug Anthony All Stars. He has appeared on television many times. He also teaches comedy and screenwriting. Tim has multiple sclerosis. It is a disease that affects a person's brain and spinal cord. When Tim first learned he was ill he didn't tell anyone. He says it was nobody's business to know. Tim says he has a good life. He is happy in his work and relationships. He thinks we should try and be positive about life because it is a miracle.
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Posted by: Carly Findlay, on 31/05/12
Exploring 'Infinite Horizons'
I went to the exhibition
Fred Williams, Infinite Horizons. It is at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. There are more than 130 paintings by Fred Williams. He is an admired Australian artist. Most of the paintings are of the landscape. The horizon is important to Williams. In some paintings the horizon is up high. In some it curves. There are different ways to look at these paintings. You can stand at a distance from them. Or you can get up close. I think people will enjoy this exhibition. The paintings show the beauty of the Australian landscape.
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Posted by: Caitilin Punshon, on 25/05/12