Creative Connections believes that art and poetry are important methods people can access to communicate and express themselves creatively. Creative Connections has curated an annual art and poetry exhibition since 2007 and is a not-for-profit group run entirely by volunteers.
Funds raised will contribute towards the costs of hosting this exhibition including venue hire, curating and catalogue and anthology printing expenses.
The organisers of Creative Connections aspire to increase recognition of artists with complex needs so they are recognised for their ability and not their disability, where their creativity can be highlighted and the intense and unconfined artwork provides an avenue for inspiration for poets. Creative Connections sees the confluence of artist and poet as enabling the poet to discover inspiration and new interpretations of the abstract and conflict often encapsulated in the artwork of the artist. Poets, through their work, lend a voice to the often non-verbal artist
This exhibition aims to advance the opportunity and promotion of artists with complex needs by taking the annual Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition to a prestigious gallery known for its artistic support, including art and disability. It is intended that this exhibition will increase acceptance of artists with complex needs as significant contributors in this field and lead to inclusion of these artists in the general art community.
The Exhibition creates a sense of place for the artists, it will connect them with the wider community and encourage participation between various people with diverse abilities. By presenting the artists as significant in their own right, they are accommodated in the art community and their outlook and perspectives, through their artwork, can lead to inspiration for other artists and the community. By connecting artworks with positive and non-confronting poetry, the often-nonverbal artists are given a voice. The community benefits through a positive, non-confronting perspective that has the potential to raise awareness and appreciation.