David Whittaker has not let Cerebral Palsy stop him from putting paintbrush to canvas to produce his art. David's paintings can soon be seen at the Multicap Exhibition. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
David Whittaker has not let Cerebral Palsy stop him from putting paintbrush to canvas to produce his art. David's paintings can soon be seen at the Multicap Exhibition. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Unique arts program gives joy to those with disabilities

PAINTING with his toes and fingers as a young boy, art has always been a way for David Whittaker to express himself.

David, who has cerebral palsy, wears a huge smile when he is able to paint at the Multicap Centre of Creative Arts in Park Avenue each week.

The unique arts development program is there to support people with disabilities and help develop their artistic skills and aspirations.

One of David's support workers, Carol Boulton, said the 29-year-old had always loved creating art.

"He enjoys coming along to these classes each week because of the social interaction and he loves painting," Mrs Boulton said.

"He originally started painting with his fingers and toes but this year we thought we'd try and put a paint brush in his hand and he's done so well with it."

In a public exhibition open day on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 3pm, about 20 Multicap artists will display what they've been working on throughout the year. 

Arts facilitator and local artist Jet James said it was great to see their enthusiasm when it came to creating an artwork. 

"This gives them a goal to broaden their business as an artist," he said.

"We have some really talented artists who have so much potential so it's great to help them find what they're best at.

"We do four different arts programs and we have the capacity to grow and take on more clients who are interested."

Anyone who would like to get involved please phone 4938 6000.  



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