Art workshops celebrate Disability Awareness Week

By Indi Fillery

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Last December, in celebration of Disability Awareness Week, Therapy Focus’ Margaret River Team hosted a free art workshop for the local community.

Led by accomplished local artist and disability advocate Stan Meagher, the free workshops welcomed participants of all abilities to come along, learn some new skills and develop their own piece of art.

Therapy Focus South West Team Leader Danelle Milward explained that the event was a great success in bringing the community together.

“Over the morning we had both kids and adults come through to help us create a really unique piece of art, which is now on display in our new Margaret River office. It has brought a lot of life and vibrancy to the therapy room.” Danelle said.

An artist who uses a wheelchair smiles next to a large canvas of artwork.

Pictured: Artist Stan Meagher

“As well as working with Stan, participants worked together to help each other and develop their skills. By doing this, everyone walked away with a better understanding of what it means to live with disability.”

“During the workshop, Stan also talked about the process of creating the artwork, and how the process has supported his own rehabilitation.”

Stan, who was paralysed after contracting a rare virus in 2012, has had his art displayed in exhibitions both nationally and overseas.

“I have spent my life pursuing that of a professional artist which has involved me in numerous solo and group exhibitions and many international destinations,” Stan said.

“I’ve also lectured locally at TAFE, mostly in the areas of art education and art therapy.”

“I’m really excited to have been involved with the Margaret River community on this project. It’s something very close to my heart and a piece I’m very proud of.”

More of Stan’s beautiful artwork is on display at Therapy Focus’ Margaret River office and is available for sale with all proceeds going to a foundation that supports artists with disability.