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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY: OLIVER MILLS’ BRUSH WITH CREATIVITY

Oliver Mills with his mentor, Adelaide artist Henry ‘Jock’ Walker

By anyone’s standards, Oliver Mills is a high achiever.

At just 32 years old, this creative powerhouse from Adelaide has written four books, is an artist, poet and speaker.

It just so happens that Oliver also lives with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and vision impairment.

Oliver has been an artist for the last 10 years, had his first exhibition in 2019 at the Campbelltown ArtHouse, and has had his work commissioned and featured on the front of magazines.

“I like being independent”, Oliver says. Continue reading INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY: OLIVER MILLS’ BRUSH WITH CREATIVITY

‘THROUGH MY EYES’ OFFERS NEW LENS FOR WOMANHOOD AND THE FEMALE FORM

A new photography exhibition by women with disability aims to challenge our preconceptions of women’s bodies. Showcasing feminist self-portraits of six women, Through my eyes addresses limiting and negative assumptions of disability.

The exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops facilitated by Diane Macdonald, a PhD candidate at Black Dog Institute and the School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney. Ms Macdonald is investigating whether photography can change the way we view and think about disability.

“Women with disability face participation barriers that adversely affect their health, income levels and access to education and employment,” Ms Macdonald says.

The exhibition hopes to unsettle reductive views of disability that contribute to these kinds of barriers, she says. But the project isn’t just about improving our understanding of living with a disability, it’s about broadening our definition of female identity, she says. Continue reading ‘THROUGH MY EYES’ OFFERS NEW LENS FOR WOMANHOOD AND THE FEMALE FORM