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Creativity on display at sensory exhibition

Hobart Town Hall’s ballroom was transformed into an interactive sensory art installation recently for the City of Hobart’s Ability to Create 2023 Sensory Exhibition, ELEVATE.

The three-day immersive exhibition provided a platform for more than 80 people with disability and all-ability artists to showcase their work.

Hobart Acting Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said the exhibition aimed to motivate change towards a better future.

“This year’s theme ELEVATE was about bringing the community together through creativity to lead the
way in accessibility, inclusivity and diversity,”

Ms Burnet said. “The large-scale installations and artworks will support an inclusive environment with accessible, interactive, tactile and sensory elements, allowing everyone to enjoy them.”

Creative City Portfolio chair John Kelly said the program enhanced the skills and capacity of all- ability artists.

“We want to dissolve the barriers between those living with or without a disability and see our all-ability artists and performers recognised within the broader arts community,” Mr Kelly said.

Multidisciplinary artist and mentor Georgia Lucy said she it was an exciting experience performing with the ELEVATE theme.

“The opportunity to be involved in a collaborative artistic process, paired with a take-over of Henry Hunter’s historic heart of the city, was an enriching experience for all involved,” she said.

“It was an outright party and everyone in the community was invited.”

All-ability artist Veronica Norton said she loved the creative environment provided by being part of the exhibition’s development.

“I am immensely proud of what I created for this exhibition, it has made me very happy,” she said.

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