MEDIA RELEASE 18 April 2007
Local artist to attend Mouth and Foot Painting Artists conference in Vienna
East Keilor resident Bill Mooney will be joining fellow artists from around
the world at the 50th Anniversary Mouth and Foot Painting Aritsts (MFPA)
conference in Vienna from 30 April to 5 May.
The conference will showcase the technique and work of MFPA members from around
the world with exhibitions and live demonstrations at the city's most famous
museum, the Vienna Albertina.
Bill has been painting with a brush held in his mouth since a diving accident
left him paralysed at the age of 16 and has been a full member of the MFPA since
"I've been selected to attend MFPA conferences five times before in locations
such as Spain, Portugal, China, and Italy, but this year will be bigger and
better, because every MFPA artist from around the world is able to attend," said
Bill's family will be accompanying him at the conference in Vienna.
"After Vienna, I will be going on a one week Mediterranean cruise with my wife
and eldest son, calling into Barcelona, Tunisia, Malta and Sicily," Bill said.
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 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 Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Anthia Crosby on (02)