Ability to Create

While 2020's Ability to Create exhibition has had to be postponed due to COVID-19, join us here online to celebrate the many wonderful Ability to Create exhibitions and beautiful artwork created over the past six years.

The Ability to Create exhibition was born in 2013 when the City of Hobart was approached by Freddy Lee-Mount, a community member living with a disability.

Freddy was committed to an idea of celebrating the creativity and talent of all ability artists in Hobart and creating awareness in the broader community of their talents and skills. Determined to develop a project with City of Hobart staff, Freddy identified groups who create regularly and worked with them to stage a fantastic exhibition at City of Hobart’s Waterside Pavilion. Since then, the exhibition has occurred annually and grown from strength to strength in many amazing and creative ways.

Ability to Create 2019 (24-26 May 2019) saw more than 400 people attend the art exhibition at Waterside Pavilion. An array of art mediums were created under an inclusive art program. The theme was ‘Free 2 Be’ which provided a platform for creative expression in our diverse community. More than 25 participants attended the pre-event workshops and over 100 artists showcased their work.

The Ability to Create exhibitions are a platform for enhancing a sense of place, nurturing creativity, celebrating artistic excellence and, most importantly, connecting creative people. We hope to be back at the Waterside Pavilion for Ability to Create in 2021.

Ability to Create is an initiative of the City of Hobart in partnership with creative community organisations and all-ability artists. 

Man and woman laughing behind lectern with exhibition signage behind.