About Studio A
Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support-staff. It also manages an annual exhibition program and facilitates weekly workshops provided by invited contemporary artists. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.
The Studio A program is structured to operate as a social enterprise, meaning revenue derived from the program’s activities is invested back into the program to increase its artistic and social outcomes. Income derived from the sale and exhibition of artwork directly benefits the artist.
Studio A contributes to various personal outcomes for the artists including increased self esteem, increased aspirations for the future, broader social networks and a sense of belonging, increased financial security and improved mental health. More broadly, within the community Studio A reduces stigma associated with people with disabililty and increases diversity and inclusion. Studio A offers the mainstream arts sector access to new artists and new opportunities for unique collaborations.
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The Studio A team
Gabrielle Mordy CEO/Artistic Director
Karla Hansen Online Marketing Coordinator and Development Assistant
Chris Haysom Archive and Digital Art Coordinator
Clare Choi Artist Facilitator
Emma Johnston Principal Artist
Lise Anderson Collection and Sales Coordinator
Katrina Dunn-Jones Administration and Development Coordinator
Tim Bell Archivist and Gallery Assistant
A Studio A Guest Artist is an artist who creates artwork outside of the Studio A program and who is invited to work at Studio A over a designated time period. The responsibilities of the Guest Artist vary depending on what has been arranged with the Studio A Artistic Director and might include:
Mentoring, tutoring or skill sharing with one particular Studio A artist or a specific group of artists.
Collaborating on a specific project with one particular Studio A artist or a group of artists.
Undertaking research or creating artwork that is in response to the Studio A program and/or it’s artists.
Guest Artists are often identified and invited into the program by the Studio A team, however we are also open to receiving proposals from artists interested in working within the Guest Artist program.
Stella Rosa McDonald
The priority for Studio A over the next three years is organisational consolidation, ensuring a sustainable organisation that can continue to create professional pathways for our artists, with the flexibility for future growth.
To achieve this, we have identified four strategic goals.
1. An effective organisation
Implement operational financial and governance infrastructure, systems and processes so that our organisation can improve its effectiveness and achieve its strategic goals.
2. Commercial and Funding Strength
Identify, pursue and attain sustainable and diversified commercial and funding opportunities so that our organisation generates a surplus of 5% of revenues each year.
3. Reputation for high quality art
Build our reputation as an organisation that produces high quality visual art so that our artists can develop strong personal brands.
4. Pathways for Artists
Strengthen and broaden the professional pathways for our artists so that they can further develop as professional visual artists.