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MEDIA RELEASE 10 November 2011

Warrnambool mouth-painting artist strives for local feel at upcoming One and All Festival
Warrnambool mouth painting artist Simon Rigg will demonstrate his unique talent at the upcoming 'A Day on the Civic Green' which will be hosted by the annual One and All Festival on Saturday, 19 November at the Warrnambool Civic Green.

On the day Simon will be painting three pieces, and has chosen to maintain a local feel throughout his demonstration. The demonstration will take place between 11 am and 3 pm.

"I will paint local scenes which represent Warrnambool. Perhaps the shores of the sea-side or the rocks around Thunder point. Ultimately I want my demonstration to have a local vibe to it, which I think audiences will enjoy," said Simon.

Despite having his artworks displayed at a range of exhibitions hosted by the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), demonstrating has become one of Rigg's true passions.

"I love demonstrating because it allows me to show people what I can do, and not what I can't.

"When painting at home I often feel quite isolated, but painting in front of people who appreciate my work gives me the inspiration to continue," he said.

After falling from a roof ten feet above the ground while repairing a shed roof on his own property, Simon was left quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

However after many years of battling adversity, Simon has found fulfilment through his art and the art associations he has been a part of. Simon has been an active student of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1989.

Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by selectively selling their artworks.

The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 16 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

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For further information please call Nicola Rutzou or Sam Kilborn on (02) 9413 4244.

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