Helen Scotty, Untitled, 2019, 51 x 51cm, acrylic on canvas, Free Space Studios
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Artist Biography Helen Scotty is aPitjantjatjarawoman from Central Australia, currently based in Darwin. She was taught to paint by her mother and paints her country anddreamings.
About Free Space Studio Free Space Studio provides studio access for artists in Darwin with disability and creates opportunities for disability-led visual arts productions and publications. They run facilitated visual arts workshops in a range of mediums and support artists to participate in art prizes, to exhibit in contemporary spaces, and to undertake solo exhibitions.
About Gesture Aboriginal Bush Traders is proud to present Gesture, an exhibition foregrounding the artistic practice of Indigenous artists with disability in the Northern Territory. Featuring the work of artists from Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists (Central Desert), Free Space Studio (Darwin) Ngaruwanajirri Inc. (Tiwi) and the work of Dion Beasley (Tennant Creek), Gesture speaks to bold mark making and the presence of the artist’s hand. In another sense, gesture also speaks to forms of communication that are non-verbal and the importance of those forms for communities of people with disability.