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New awards honour local artists

2015-02-20

Submission are open for artists living with disability in the Unley and Mitcham Council areas to submit painting, creative writing or craft works for the inaugural Jean Murray Arts Awards.

Minister for Disabilities Tony Piccolo said the awards recognise the contribution Jean Murray made to the arts in her local community while living at Highgate Park.

"Jean Murray was born with significant disability, however she lived her life to the fullest as a writer and popular artist in her community until her death in 2013," Minister Piccolo said.

"These awards will honour Jean's memory and shine a light on the outstanding talent of local artists living with disability. I'm delighted that they will continue as a yearly event.

"Category winners will receive $200 in prize money and have the opportunity to exhibit their work as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival.

"Events such as the Jean Murray Arts Awards invite people to express their talents, help connect people living with disability to their communities and change attitudes about disability at the same time."

During her life, Jean Murray exhibited her work locally and won many prizes for her painting and basket weaving at the Royal Show and the John Dunne Art and Craft Awards. She also enjoyed writing and published her memoirs in 2002.

Nominations for the Jean Murray Arts Awards close on 31 March, 2015 and will be presented on Monday 18 May 2015, at 6pm, at the Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace. The exhibition will run from 19 to 29 May 2015 at the Unley Library, during opening hours.

The 2015 Jean Murray Arts Awards are coordinated by Pathways Recreation Program and sponsored by Disability Services, a division of the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.

For more information about the awards and how to make a submission, contact Ms Nataliya Makagon by calling 0467 702 232 or via email at nataliya.makagon@dcsi.sa.gov.au.

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