Tulgeen's inspirational garage artists 

TULGEEN’S Art in the Garage project is spreading its colour and inspiration far and wide.

A film crew from UnBard TV visited the “garage” recently to document the “Coinspiration” visual arts project.

UnBard TV is a community, culture and arts program screening on Foxtel’s Aurora channel, showcasing the creativity of people with disabilities.

The show’s producers have been tasked by Accessible Arts – Arts and Disability NSW to film seven projects around the state that are enriching that creativity.

The resulting film will be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art on December 3 to celebrate the launch of International Day for People with a Disability.

Coinspiration pairs artists from the Art in the Garage program with an independent artist working in the Bega Valley to share inspiration and discuss techniques.

They will develop both individual and collaborative works, culminating with an exhibition at Bega’s Spiral Gallery in 2014.

Featured in the UnBard TV documentary are Art in the Garage artists Miriam Kydd and Graeme Smith with their respective mentors Annie Franklin and Kylie Ramsay.

Ms Kydd and Ms Franklin share a love of colour, design, pattern and celebrating small moments in time.

Ms Kydd has a long a successful history working with Art in the Garage.

Her recent works are inspired by the costumes of the Ballets Russes and she is creating a series of paintings, drawings and collage full of rich colours and patterns.

Mr Smith and Ms Ramsay like to “work big” and love colour.

Mr Smith joined the garage artists last year and has rapidly developed into a wonderful and prolific artist.

His bold semi-abstract works were also admired by UnBard TV producer Gaye Fleming.

“The artwork here is of a really high standard,” Ms Fleming said.

“They are abstract, but could be hanging in any contemporary gallery.”

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