AN ART exhibition immersing visitors in the fantastical world of movie characters, superheroes, timescapes and the Solar System has arrived in style at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
'Inside Cinema vs Parallel Universe' features work from 13 learning-disabled Riverina artists, celebrating the inclusivity of the region.
Both emerging and established learning-disabled artists from Wagga Wagga, Narrandera, Barellan, Yenda and Griffith have taken part in the project, working tirelessly for over two months in a pop-up studio to bring the concept to life.
Cad Factory curator Sarah McEwan played an integral role in developing the exhibition, reflecting that imagination was the key ingredient for the artists involved.
"As a group, we talked about practical things, such as how to create an exhibition, but mostly we let our imaginations run wild," Ms McEwan said.
"Our conversations revealed that everyone was interested in fantastical worlds that referenced cinema characters, superheroes and the strangeness of parallel universes.
"In a way, this year has been like living in a parallel universe."
Eight artists from Kalinda School Griffith helped create the imaginary world of wonder, working with professional artists and learning new skills along the way.
During August and September they worked in a studio where they were allowed to be ambitious, autonomous and collaborative in order to create amazing art.
"I loved learning painting techniques," student Tristen Irvin said.
"I loved working with all the different colours," student Patrica Copper added.
"I loved everything about it," student Joel Stedman said.
If you would like to step inside the imaginary world of 13 artists from the Riverina, visit the Griffith Regional Art Gallery between Wednesday and Friday before October 18.
Raymond Wholohan from Griffith Regional Art Gallery added that the exhibition is one-of-a-kind, commending the efforts of everyone involved.
"We are proud to develop professional supported studio programs in the Western Riverina," Mr Wholohan said.
"The studio generates unbridled enthusiasm and is one of our most wholesome endeavours."
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