Arts Project Australia has aimed high since 1974 when they set out to lead and innovate in the arts and disability sectors. Arts Project were the first full-time art studio in Australia dedicated to artists with an intellectual disability and have built a reputation both in Australia and internationally for their achievements on this front. They have been included in exhibitions all over the world and are represented in countless public and private collections.
Third Drawer Down Studio in collaboration with Arts Projects Australia and the NGV design store present Australiana, a collection of functional art products featuring the work of Lisa Reid, Cathy Staughton, Julian Martin, Patrick Francis, Valerio Ciccone and Peter Ben.
The 20-piece collection pays homage to the kitsch Australian souvenir, singing our anthem via pot holders, stubby coolers and tea towels. All products are exclusive to the NGV design store.
Peter Ben is primarily a painter who has recently expanded his repertoire to include collage. He creates highly illustrative invented worlds, as well as paintings and collages of popular culture figures and bands he admires. His artworks are often either infused with his sharp humour, or, with his fanatical ‘fan’ induced homage to popular culture figures and groups. He also has a lasting interest in producing detailed animations and stop-motion films.
This tote bag features Peter Ben’s Untitled work and includes embroidered patches sewn on to both sides.