Collaboration is essential to the ethos of Studio A. It allows our artists to realise their creative ambitions and empowers Studio A, collectively, to increase the voice of artists with intellectual disability in contemporary culture. Studio A collaborations engender community and equality by bringing artists and creatives of all abilities together to gain inspiration from each other and create magic.
The Social Outfit
Studio A artist Annette Galstaun collaborated with The Social Outfit to design the Lioness print which is one of the highlights of King Botanic, The Social Outfit’s Spring/Summer 2018-19 collection.
The print combines motifs from two original paintings by Annette: Untitled (Lion and Lioness) and Under The Palm Trees. Annette’s recent work depicts scenes from her favourite childhood fairy tales, movies and television series.
Corban & Blair
In this collaboration with designers/manufacturers, Corban & Blair, Studio A artists work directly on to bespoke Corban & Blair product as well as providing original artwork by Damian Showyin for product linings. The result is an exclusive range of travel and lifestyle accessories.
“Discovering Studio A has been an inspiration...Their artists do proper work and we feel privileged to be involved with them.’’
- Gillian Corban, Corban & Blair
Studio A and One Another joined forces in 2018 to create a beautiful, socially conscious homewares range that supported both Studio A artists and communities of women in India and South Africa.
Original artworks by Studio A artists were reimagined using the traditional artisan skills of hand weaving and embroidery to create unique pieces that are rich in texture and story.
birdfoxmonster was a multi-sensorial performance and dining experience created through a new collaboration between Studio A and Erth Visual and Physical Inc., presented by Carriageworks.
“We all delighted in the sensory feast and the suspense at the heart of the birdfoxmonster tale. This is the start, a grand start, to such an exciting new work. Congratulations to all.”
- Anne Flanagan previous Deputy Director at AGNSW, 2016
“Ultimately, the effectiveness of any artwork comes down to communication...Considering that what is being communicated here is not just a mood or message, but an entire world-view, the triumph of birdfoxmonster is truly groundbreaking. Rating: 5/5.”
- Ann Foo, Arts Hub September 22, 2017
Studio A collaborated with internationally esteemed ceramic designers, mud Australia, to create a range of ornaments and platters as well as crockery to be used in birdfoxmonster. Studio A artists, Thom Roberts, Meagan Pelham and Skye Saxon created original artwork on mud Australia’s iconic ceramic-ware - marking the first time that mud Australia has ever included pattern or design on their traditionally minimal and subtly coloured wares.
“Staff at mud Australia got more than you can imagine out of working with Studio A artists. It was invigorating, fun, inspiring. We were raving about it for weeks.”
- Shelley Simpson founder and creative director of mud Australia