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Local artist campaigns for disability access

Talented Brisbane artist, Jo Morris has no limit on her creativity, imagination and courage but cannot access the ground floor of Art from the Margins (AFTM) new art space in Fortitude Valley with her wheelchair.

AFTM’s new art space, a converted heritage-listed church in Fortitude Valley, will offer artists living with disabilities, mental health issues or experiencing social isolation the opportunity to exhibit their work and attend art workshops, and participate in community cultural activities.

“Jo Morris is just one of many members in our community who should, and must, have equal access to all public spaces” said Anthony Anderton, AFTM Manager.

Jo Morris’ life story is inspirational. A rare autoimmune disease has left her wheelchair-bound for most of her life. Jo says most people take accessibility for granted and is passionate about supporting AFTM’s UpLift Appeal. An award-winning artist, Jo Morris has donated one of her paintings to auction with all proceeds going to the Appeal.

“In this day and age everyone has the right to access a building - and it’s very important that every artist has accessibility to the AFTM building,” said Ms Morris.  

Ms Morris’ ambition is to hold a solo art exhibition in the AFTM art space in the near future.

“For that to be possible, I need access to the downstairs area. Many AFTM artists are wheelchair bound and have mobility issues, so we really need the community’s help to fundraise so we can have lift access to the whole of the building,” Ms Morris said.  

Anyone wishing to donate to the UpLift Appeal can give online at (follow the links to the UpLift Appeal). The campaign will end at the end of December and is aiming to raise $10,000 which will contribute to the disability lift installed and fully operational by early 2017. 

For more information about the UpLift Appeal, please contact AFTM Manager Anthony Anderton on 0408 873 561 

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