We presented commemorative IDPD lapel badges to all attendees (provided by the Office for Disability) who included Yvette Berry, Deputy Chief Minister of the ACT, representatives from disabled artists’ group IGNITE and their carers, community artists, members of the public and representatives from the New Weddington Isles, including Lord Watitune and The Hon Lady Kate Revill.
The venue (Gungaderra Homestead) and the catering were kindly provided by local housing charity CHC who provide a number of discounted rental properties for disabled Canberrans on low incomes throughout the city.
After an opening speech by Yvette Betty MLA where she talked about the need for “a public housing portfolio that is better able to meet the needs of our diverse community, regardless of their abilities or circumstances”, she presented the organisers with certificates of appreciation and introduced the exhibition – a series of images produced by disabled artists through the IGNITE program and the New Weddington Isles “Pictures of You” program – launched by Lord Watitune in Perth’s TheMHS Conference in 2019. A commissioned portrait of Lord Watitune by UK artist Professor John Hyatt of the Liverpool John Moore University also featured.
All in all a great night of celebration and networking – with the artwork and the food & drinks both going down equally well!