A Cup of the Curious is set to raise the profile and increase audience appreciation of disability arts in Queensland, thanks to a State Government grant.
Inspired by the Madhatter’s tea party, Multicap’s Centre of Creative Arts (COCA) latest exhibition, A Cup of the Curious, will feature visual art installations, film, live performance, interactive workshops and live forums created by artists across 14 Multicap Community Hubs in Queensland.
Multicap’s COCA was awarded $15,000 from the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) to support more than 75 artists to create work for A Cup of the Curious and deliver employment opportunities for curators, art facilitators and film makers.
Creative Arts Program Manager Suzanne Misso said the grant was supporting the creative disability sector by paying artists and showcasing their work in a mainstream gallery for audiences to enjoy.
“I’m extremely proud of what COCA artists have achieved for A Cup of the Curious,” Suzanne said. “I’m thrilled their work is recognised and they will be validated as practicing artists.
“I’m encouraged to see artists who experience disability participate in all art forms throughout Queensland. My team are excited to see the pride and satisfaction from our artists when producing art with a purpose.
“More than 75 artists and their families will experience the excitement of showcasing their work with further opportunities to accept commissions and employment during the weeklong interactive exhibition,” she said.
After spending the past 10 months creating work for A Cup of the Curious, long term COCA artists at Multicap’s Eight Mile Plains, Rebecca, Monica and Lara are excited to share the poster promoting the upcoming exhibition with friends and family.
Rebecca said: “I liked creating the large cap – painting, paper mâché, lino stamps. I also enjoyed filming videos and editing. I feel nervous and a little excited. Everyone I know is coming.”
Monica said: “I was thinking about Alice in Wonderland when I was creating the pieces. My favourite part was painting the chairs. I would say it will be beautiful for all the people.”
Lara said: “I’m excited about the dance performances and workshops, especially teaching the little kids how to do ceramics.”
A Cup of the Curious will demonstrate how experiences of artists with disability can transform the way the art is presented, as well as enhance audience connection.
Sensory Tours of the exhibition will be offered for visitors wanting to experience the artists’ work from the perspective of a visually impaired person.
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) supports vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives.
The weeklong interactive exhibition will run from 14 October to 19 October at local gallery, Vacant Assembly in West End, Brisbane.
Visit Multicap’s website for more details about A Cup of the Curious and program information: COCA – Cup of the Curious | Multicap.