Boroondara artist Henry Deakin has an eye for the fantastical. He uses it to turn out vivid and playful artworks at Kew’s QArt Gallery and Studio where he works 3 days a week.

Part of the social enterprise Endeavour Foundation, QArt supports artists with disability to create, showcase and sell their work.

‘Creating artwork does feel like the perfect career for me,’ says Henry (pictured above).

QArt connects him with other artists and gives him space and freedom to create his unique works.

‘I like to make work about nature and animals, in particular birds,’ says Henry. ‘I also like dragons… mythical creatures.

‘I’ve sold a fair few paintings. I feel proud of myself, and it feels really good. My owl and bird paintings seem to be the most popular.’

Henry’s Magical Story for Magical People is one of 13 QArt artworks we commissioned for our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2024–28. One of its aims is to enable more people of all ages with disability to take part in programs for arts and culture, sports and recreation, and libraries.

We adopted the plan in December. Thank you to everyone who shared feedback to help us develop it. A final version of the plan, which includes the artworks, will be launched at a community event on 15 May. Keep an eye on our website for details.

What’s next?

Over the next 2 years, we’ll be undertaking actions linked to the plan’s 5 key themes.

  • Celebration and belonging
  • Access and safety
  • Inclusive community
  • Employment and volunteer opportunities
  • Participation in decision-making

You can read more about the plan on our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan page.

Inclusive sport and recreation

Launched in February 2023, the Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub aims to connect people with disability to programs and services at Boroondara aquatic and leisure facilities. From gymnastics to AFL Wheelchair and Auskick programs, dance classes to swimming, there are fun and inclusive activities to try. Find out more at the Boroondara Disability Sport and Recreation Hub.

To see the full range of sport and fitness activities for people with disability in Boroondara, visit our all abilities sport and fitness page.

Art on the spectrum

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) estimates 1 in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum. To recognise World Autism Understanding Day in April, you can join a free artist tour of the community exhibition The Future is Interest-spective by Aspect at Town Hall Gallery on Friday 5 April. The exhibition is on until Saturday 27 April.