MEDIA RELEASE 09 September 2009
Coming to Regional Victoria for the first time: International Mouth and
Foot Painting Artist exhibition to be held in Geelong
For the first time in regional Victoria, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA)
will be holding an art exhibition at The Shearer's Arms Gallery, West Geelong
with over 140 artworks from Australian and international MFPA artists on
The MFPA exhibition will be held from Monday, 14 September to Sunday, 27
September 2009 at The Shearer's Arms Gallery, The Geelong Art Society, 202
Aberdeen St, West Geelong.
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) is an international self-help
organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil
their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence.
Painting with a brush held in their mouth or foot, the artists have risen above
adversity to produce artwork of a standard to rival any able bodied artist.
Several Victorian MFPA artists including Warrnambool's Simon Rigg, East Keilor's
Bill Mooney, Elmore's Kate Frawley, and Linton's Pam Farey will have a selection
of their works proudly on display throughout the exhibition.
For artist Simon Rigg, the upcoming exhibition is a proud moment for all the
"It is a privilege to be holding a major international MFPA exhibition here in
Victoria", said Simon.
In 1982, Simon fell from a roof ten feet above the ground while working at
repairing and shed roof on his own property.
"The accident left me a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair", said Simon.
However after many years battling adversity, Simon has now found fulfilment
through his art and the art associations he has been a part of. Simon has been
an active student artist of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since
"I have learnt through my art and my association with the MFPA that the more you
put into life, the more you get from it", said Simon.
The Shearer's Arms Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5 pm. Admission
to the MFPA exhibition is free.
The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members
around the country.
To become a student member an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held
in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an
illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on
(02) 9698 3933 or visit www.mfpa.com.au.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413