Little Orange is a Campbelltown Arts Centre working studio for artists who identify as a person living with disability, d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing and/or Disabled Creatives. Since 2014 the studio has fostered artistic practice through the provision of materials, mentorships, business training and access to industry professionals. Working across a broad range of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, performance and new media, the studio provides the artists with a platform to develop and launch their careers.
Past projects by Little Orange artists include a large-scale mural at Apex Park by Jess Fesic, a floor mural at Ingleburn Town Centre by Jessica Pound, and a NAIDOC week mural at Macarthur Square by Sri Thulin. 2019 achievements include Little Orange Presents at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, where Adam Jones performed in a tarot booth, Imogen Jade served drinks at her Creamy Cocktail Bar and Joel Beers offered rides on Tony’s Bus made of cardboard installed over a real golf buggy. Little Orange set up their working studios and spoke to visitors about their practice at The Other Art Fair 2019 and hosted the birthday celebration of Campbelltown Art Centre’s 30th Anniversary exhibition. ‘We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)’. Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of NSW invited the Studio to collaborate on the AGNSW Art After Hours ‘2019 International Day of People with Disability’ exhibition and a series of ‘Love & Happiness’ Kaldor talks. 2020 saw the studio focus on public art projects, including Eagle Farm Park, Redfern Park, Rizal Park and a city-wide domestic violence awareness campaign with artist Giselle Stanborough. In 2021, Richard J Bell was mentored by Tongan culture and language consultant Mary Haeva, and Xeni Kusumitra’s painting of C-A-C Director Michael Dagostino, marking his tenth year at the Arts Centre, was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. In August 2022, C-A-C presented Little Orange Goes Big, an immersive gallery take-over of new work foregrounding the ethos and energy of the studio.
Little Orange Studio is coordinated by David Capra and co-facilitated by Julie Finch.