Front Up’s Onion Reality Exhibition Was A Success


On Wednesday the 28th February, Front Up held their EMERGE 2017 Art Exhibition, ‘Onion Reality’, a collection of powerful artwork created by the artists who joined the Emerge program. The Emerge Program is an engagement project between the NSW Art Gallery and Front Up, a Western Sydney based arts and culture program and hub, founded by Ability Options, which connects professional artists and emerging artists with disability, and showcases their work in community-based projects.
A diverse crowd flocked the Seven Hills Front Up venue including artists, their families, local council members, various community organisations and representatives from accessible arts organisations; Create NSW, Accessible Arts, Art Space and Parramatta Council and Ability Options.

The night began with drinks and nibbles, followed by the opportunity to mingle with guests and speak to some of the artists. Gaye Fleming, one of the Arts Consultants for Front Up then welcomed the guests and thanked everyone involved in the project including her business partner Edith Magnussen  “We’ve been lucky to be working with these amazing artists. None of this could happen without the vision and the dedication of the entire Front Up team” she said.

One of the artists in the Emerge program, Susan Oxenham thanked Ability Options for their support, “The whole Emerge group has been such a great experience. We’ve learnt a lot from this 5 months experience, but none of it would be possible without the backing of Ability Options and the financial providers. “

Ability Options’ CEO, Fred Van Steel also addressed the guests, giving encouragement to the FrontUp project members and showing great appreciation for the work achieved.

“2 years ago, we had an idea, we had a vision and since then big things have happened. Tonight to see the artwork and the artists, to look at how those artists have come along and to see how you work as a group has been so inspiring. Look at how we fill this space with new energy. You are all change makers, these are very famous words by Emily Dash (a Front Up artist last year). You are all change makers. Keep making change.” said Fred Van Steel.

The exhibition ran until Saturday the 3rd March and has received a great turnout.