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Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists

Artel, CPL’s (Choice, Passion, Life) creative industries studio in Redcliffe supports the development of a positive and participatory cultural identity for people with profound and complex disabilities. The studio offers space, instruction and an environment in which this particular community of individuals has been able, over many years, to express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.

The exhibition Reasonable & Necessary, curated by Lynne Seear, includes prints and artist books, which are both refreshingly unpretentious and exceedingly skilled and which pose these fundamental questions: “Who Am I?”, “Where Do I Belong”, “What Do I Love?”. The Artel artists address these questions with a range of artworks in familiar genres – portraits, landscapes, still-life, abstracts – but using a visual language that is contemporary, distinctive and undeniably their own.

Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland in partnership with CPL and curated by Lynne Seear. This project has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project is proudly sponsored by Hutchinson Builders and Moreton Bay Regional Council.


From the Curator

"On first meeting, the artists who practice at Artel seem distant from the art world’s real, prickly existence. There is no denying that the art that is produced here is partly made possible despite extraordinary challenges – most of the artists require a degree of patient facilitation and ingenious support systems in order to complete their work, especially as it involves the sometimes laborious techniques of print-making.

Certain words often buzz around discussions of work by artists with disabilities – words like 'naive', 'pure', 'raw', 'visionary'. While many of these characteristics hold true of the work made by the Artel artists, they speak not only to the artist but to the audience, and to ideas of what constitutes art making in its most idealized, authentic sense. This language unveils the unadulterated act of creation, outside of norms and trends and anxieties and the desire for commercial success.

Nevertheless such labels can also function as a discriminatory boundary preventing 'untrained' artists from their rightful places in the canon and the market. This exhibition of prints and artist books seeks to disrupt that barrier."

Lynne Seear

Tour Dates 2018

Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD: 6 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Tour Dates 2019

Dr David Harvey Sutton Gallery, Cloncurry, QLD: 7 February – 14 April 2019

Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah, QLD: 1 May – 30 June 2019

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD: 26 July – 18 August 2019

Artspace Mackay, QLD: 18 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

Tour Dates 2020

Emerald Art Gallery, QLD: 1 February – 22 March 2020

Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 1 May – 30 June 2020

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD: 10 July – 30 August 2020

Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, QLD: 5 September –13 October 2020

Warwick Art Gallery, QLD: 29 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

Tour Dates 2021

Lockyer Valley Art Gallery, Gatton, QLD: 29 January – 28 March 2021


Banner image: Artel Printmaking Tools. Photograph: Vanessa Xerri.

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