Tulgeen's inspired artists

ARTISTS Miriam Kydd and Graeme Smith celebrated their big screen debut the only way they know how – by creating more art.

The pair was featured in the art documentary Coinspiration, which debuted in a screening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on Wednesday to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability. 

The documentary was produced by UnBard TV for Foxtel’s community, art and culture channel Aurora.  

Unable to get to Sydney, Ms Kydd and Mr Smith instead were part of Tulgeen Disability Services’ Coinspiration Art Event. 

Community members were invited to drop in on Ms Kydd and Mr Smith as they took part in a workshop at Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage Studios. 

Mr Smith is currently working with tutor Kylie Ramsay. 

“A lot of Graeme’s work feature boats, kites and people, and the people always have a great back story,” she said. 

“Graeme’s very exuberant in real life, but his painting is very methodical.” 

Mr Smith couldn’t name his favourite work currently up on the walls in the studio where he paints. 

“I like them all!” he said.

In a studio across the courtyard, Ms Kydd was focussed intently on her latest piece. 

Ms Kydd’s paintings feature a beautiful and careful use of colour of which she is very proud. 

“She’s the colour queen, she has such a lovely eye,” mentor Annie Franklin said. 

Ms Kydd is currently working on a painting that started as a drawing done of her by Ms Franklin, a fact that seemed to delight her. 

“I often like to draw couples, but I like this one Annie has done of me,” she said. 

Both Ms Kydd and Mr Smith are working towards an exhibition at Spiral Gallery in 2014.

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