ArtWorks – Artist Studio and Gallery

ArtWorks is a unique visual arts program that serves adults in the Greater Victoria area who have developmental disabilities. The program mentors Garth Homer Society clients who have a passion for making art to develop their talents and showcase their work in the community.

Professional Instruction
Through professional visual arts instruction and a supported studio environment, ArtWorks participants can develop their artistic skills and create a body of work. ArtWorks Coordinator Bonnie Laird, a practicing professional artist, assists Garth Homer Society clients to develop their creative style and realize their dreams of becoming professional artists.

Creative Development
Artists work in group settings where friendships form and ideas are shared through art discussions, visits to galleries and collaborations with community groups and professional artists. The program also creates opportunities for participants to be recognized as artists through solo and group exhibitions at local, national and international levels.

We believe that people with developmental disabilities have the right to:

  • Express their creativity
  • Develop their unique style
  • Choose to be an artist
  • Show their work in public galleries and other community venues
  • Be recognized as artists in their community

Alison Duerden, Coordinator