The art of digital literacy: Studio A and Meeum

Thom Roberts with his painting A Portriff of Adam (Shane Simpson AM) hanging in the 2021 Archibald Prize. Photo: Studio A
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This case study was originally published by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Sydney-based Studio A supports professional development pathways for artists living with intellectual disability.

And Studio A represents serious artists. Artworks from its stable sit in major collections around the country. In 2022, four of Studio A’s artists – Thom Roberts, Meagan Pelham, Emily Crockford and Catherine McGuiness – were finalists in Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize, the Archibald. Victoria Atkinson, a previous Archibald finalist, was also in the running for this year’s Sulman prize for object, subject or mural painting.

“Just because we work with artists with disabilities doesn’t mean we are art therapists,” says Studio A’s Digital Solutions Manager, Christopher Haysom.

“Being an artist is difficult for anyone. Our artists are fluent in art, but they may need help to negotiate contracts or to physically get to an exhibition. Studio A comes in to bridge that gap and create a level playing field.”

Digital isn’t just Facebook ads or servers or email programs. It’s how you engage with tools and ways of working and being.

Elyse Maberley, Founder, Meeum

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