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Open Canvas in the media

Open Canvas; Empowering the Homeless, Disabled and Trauma Affected Artists, Subvrt Mag, August 16, 2017

  • Open Canvas is a Melbourne based philanthropic organisation that focuses on empowering artists who have experienced homelessness, a disability or some other adversity that has prevented them from being able to exhibit and sell their work. We caught up with founder Daniel Rath to discuss the ins and outs of Open Canvas, and exploring the heartfelt stories and art of a few of the artists that Open Canvas represents.

Homeless artist has work exhibited on Open Canvas, Geelong Advertiser, July 3, 2017

  • Homeless artist Jacqui has used her orange Kingswood as a home and studio for 11 years, now the drawings she carefully crafts in her back seat are helping feed and clothe her.

Meet the Geelong artist who lives and sketches in her car, Vice, July 2, 2017

  • Artist and activist Jacqui has been drawing since she was a child. At 53, she spends much of her time driving around in her Holden Kingswood, looking for interesting scenes to depict.

Empowering disadvantaged aspiring artists, Castlemaine Mail, February 17, 2017

  • Castlemaine artist Irene Jacob is one of 16 artists whose work is set to be exhibited through Open Canvas, a new social enterprise which helps homeless, disabled and other disadvantaged artists to exhibit and sell art and art-related merchandise.

Between the Lines exhibit by Open Canvas helps homeless through art, Leader News, February 17, 2017

  • A new exhibition is putting the homeless in the frame for all the right reasons.

How a “Big Issue for artists” is empowering lives, The Citizen, February 15, 2017

  • It’s a kind of ‘Big Issue for artists’, says the man behind an initiative providing an outlet for the disadvantaged.

Melbourne Interview, ABC Melbourne, Drive with Rafael Epstein, February 14, 2017

  • Open Canvas founder Dan Rath and artist Danny Chilcott chat to Raf Epstein on the weekly Melbourne Interview segment.

Exhibition showcases homeless artists, Radio National Books and Arts, February 13, 2017

  • Between the Lines is an art exhibition by homeless artists in Melbourne.

Art inspired by hardship and disadvantage now a force for change, SBS, February 11, 2017

  • It’s like the Big Issue but for artists, says the Melbourne-based social entrepreneur behind the initiative providing an outlet for the disadvantaged.

Metaphor for life, Mordialloc Chelsea Leader, February 8, 2017

  • After suffering abuse as a child, and from a former partner, Bev Rymer turned to creating something of a metaphor of her life, crafting art pieces from broken tiles.

Open Canvas puts disadvantaged artists in the frame, The Age, February 5, 2017

  •  A new social enterprise helps disadvantaged artists promote and sell their work online and in galleries.

Art with heart empowers disadvantaged, ProBono News, February 1, 2017

  • Open Canvas is a social enterprise that empowers artists who have experienced adversity, by helping them exhibit and sell their art and merchandise with their art on it.

Lifeline for artists in need, Bayside Leader, January 31, 2017

  • Struggling artists are being given a helping hand by a Highett social enterprise entrepreneur.

Between the Lines, Time Out Magazine

  • Melbourne-based social enterprise Open Canvas supports work by homeless and disadvantaged artists.

Between the Lines by Open Canvas, Weekend Notes

  • Featuring a selection of works from artists who have experienced issues relating to homelessness, disabilities and other adversities, the stories between the lines are the inspiration for this collection.


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Open Canvas media releases

Trash Goes Down the River, June 8, 2017

Melbourne startup empowering disadvantaged artists, January 12, 2017


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