Wheels Art Event marks International Wheelchair Day

AndrewTo mark International Wheelchair Day on 1 March the ILC and Cockburn Youth Centre hosted an Art, Dance and Music Event.

Although International Wheelchair Day is in its ninth year, this event to celebrate the day was a first for Western Australia, something the ILC is proud to have been a part of.

At the event, local community members were invited to unleash their inner artist, ride, glide and roll their wheels over paint sandwiched surfaces to create unique paint prints. All wheels were welcomed including wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and skateboards.

The event also featured a Dance Inclusion session and an ILC stand with free information and advice about assistive equipment.

Andrew using his powered wheelchair to paintAround 50 people attended the event. Six people in wheelchairs, one of who was Andrew (pictured), wheeled over bubble-wrap sealed wood panels that had paint dripped over them. As the wheels ran over the panels it spread, creating unique patterns and texture as formed by the wheels and bubble-wrap. In addition to the wheels, the artwork was also created by conga lines of dancing people walking over the bubble-wrap areas. 22 panels in total were created, each one being random and unique.

Two of the art work pieces will be displayed at ILC Cockburn as a historical and pictorial reference to the event.

The aims of International Wheelchair Day are to enable wheelchair users to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has in their lives; and to celebrate the great work of the many millions of people who provide wheelchairs, who provide support and care for wheelchair users and who make the World a better and more accessible place for people with mobility issues.

The ILC provides a free unbiased information and advisory service to help people choose and access the most suitable assistive equipment items. In addition to its Nedlands Centre, the ILC established a new Centre in Cockburn in September 2015.

For more information about ILC services visit www.ilc.com.au or call 1300 885 886.

Colourfull piece of artwork by people using wheelchairsILC Staff Juliette, Emma and Lisa at the ILC stall holding artwork made by people using wheelchairsColourfull piece of artwork by people using wheelchairs

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