Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support-staff. It also manages an annual exhibition program and facilitates weekly workshops provided by invited contemporary artists. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.
Studio A contributes to various personal outcomes for the artists including increased self esteem, increased aspirations for the future, broader social networks and a sense of belonging, increased financial security and improved mental health. More broadly, within the community Studio A reduces stigma associated with people with disabililty and increases diversity and inclusion. Studio A offers the mainstream arts sector access to new artists and new opportunities for unique collaborations.
The values of Studio A are closely aligned with the Stockland CARE values, whilst creating a greater connection of people to place. With a desire to create a more inclusive culture within our community, Stockland Balgowlah will be showcasing selected artists across various hoardings in centre as a platform to commercialise their creativity.
For more information or to donate, visit www.studioa.org.au
Meet our featured artists
Studio A’s resident romantic, Meagan Pelham has a weakness for romance. Her delicate pencil drawings of brides, wedding cakes, and love-heart shaped cocktails glasses pose elegantly next to handwritten poetry. Meagan has developed a practice of repeatedly drawing owls, which she believes are the most romantic of all animals. Meagan calls these drawings her Love Owls.
As a member of Studio A, Meagan has undertaken collaborations with Erth Visual and Physical Inc., Koskela’s Creative Studio and with Cicada Press Printing Studio at the UNSW School of Art and Design.
Meagan exhibited work at NG Gallery in 2013, and was selected to exhibit work in ‘Soft Knife’ at the Casula Powerhouse in 2014. In 2016/17 Meagan performed as the Owl Bride in the collaborative production, birdfoxmonster, with Erth Visual and Physcial inc, supported by Carriageworks.
Work by Meagan is held in various collections including Artbank
Lisa Scott’s methodology is powerfully focused and driven. After deciding on a theme, she continues laboriously with that subject matter until she develops an easy fluency. A recent source of inspiration for Lisa has been the Mexican celebration ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead). Her series of sugary skull paintings, which she describes as self-portraits, perfectly encompass the Mexican festival’s inherent contradiction.
Lisa first began working with skulls in 2013, and has consistently returned to this subject matter. She works predominantly in painting but has experimented with a variety of mediums including screen-printing, quilting and installation. Her artworks compel the viewer with their fun, lively and lollipop sweetness, whilst simultaneously depicting scenes of death.
Lisa has shown work at Sydney’s Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island and Chippendale’s Beams Festival, both in 2015.
In 2017 Lisa began development towards creating a biographical artwork that tells her personal history. This culminated to an exhibition in March 2019 with Lisa sharing an intimate showing of her very personal work. A delicate textile and text based dress inspired by the artists' lifetime of journal writing.