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Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists

Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD), curated by Lynne Seear.

Artel, the creative studio of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, located in Redcliffe, south-east Queensland, provides the necessary tools, space and instruction to supports its Artists to creatively express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.

The exhibition title, Reasonable & Necessary, is taken from National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) criteria. With the uncertainty surrounding the NDIS, the Artel studio is not just reasonable and necessary, but essential, providing real career prospects for Artists.

Works in the exhibition captivate on many levels – they have been grouped by the exhibition Curator, Lynne Seear, into eight themes: Places, People, Family, Voices, Sailing, Driving, Mark Making and Artist Books.

The Artel Artists' works are described by Lynne as "refreshingly unpretentious and exceedingly skilled, using visual languages that are contemporary, distinctive and undeniably their own".

This is Artel

'This is Artel' is a CPL produced documentary that strives to open up a dialogue about authentic supports for artists with complex disabilities. It is an opportunity to demystify some of the processes that can be used to uphold the integrity of the work produced by the Artists of Artel. 

This film is travelling with the touring exhibition, Reasonable & Necessary

Tour Dates 2018

Redcliffe Art Gallery, QLD: 7 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Tour Dates 2019

Dr David Harvey-Sutton Gallery, Cloncurry, QLD: 4 March – 14 April 2019 

Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah, QLD: 1 May – 21 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: 10 February – 22 March 2020

Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 21 June – 21 August 2020

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

Warwick Art Gallery, QLD: 10 December 2020 – 16 January 2021

Tour Dates 2021

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

The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour, QLD: 4 June – 10 July 2021

Childers Art Space, QLD: 9 September – 14 November 2021

Queensland Children's Hospital, Brisbane, QLD: December 2021 – March 2022


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

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


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