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the together project

Let’s make art together and talk about what it means to be safe, happy and respected.

We all want to live in a world where everyone belongs and is respected. But do you know what this feels like for those around you? One way is to ask. Not just once, but many times.

We’re using art to open up these conversations between people with disability, family members, friends, and people who work in disability services. Talk to each other and share what it means to you to be safe, happy, and respected. At the same time, wrap your thoughts into beautiful artworks for safekeeping!

Let’s make art together!

Anyone can get involved. Make and donate at least one artwork that will be part of an art exhibition in February 2019 at the Project Space at Deakin University in Geelong. You can make art in your home or disability service, your workplace, or join us at one of our art making spaces at the Having a Say Conference (4 – 6 February 2019).


Ways to get involved

How to make your own wrap art

You can make art with any found objects! See our instructions for tips and hints on how to make your own wrap art using any found objects around you.

View instructions in HTML

Download pdf instruction sheet (1MB)

Watch instructional video

Once you’ve collected all your art supplies, think about which conversation starters you’d like to use when getting creative with family, friends, support workers, staff at your disability service, and more.

Conversation starters

Making art together gives you an opportunity to have conversations with those around you. You can learn more about each other and what makes us all feel safe, happy and respected.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What makes you feel happy? I feel happy when….
  • What makes you feel safe? I feel safe when….
  • What makes you feel respected? I feel respected when…
  • What make you feel valued? I feel valued when….
  • What makes you feel cared for? I feel cared for when……
  • What makes you feel equal? I feel equal when…..
  • What does having a say feel like for you? I feel as if I have a say when….

Send us your thoughts directly through our online form

Workshops and events

You can join us in making art and having conversations at any of the below event. Bring your friends, family, support workers and more!

National Wool Museum Workshops

14, 16, 21 and 23 January 2019, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
26 Moorabool St, Geelong 3220
Contact Marie Allaman for bookings and information (email MAllaman@geelongcity.vic.gov.au)
Numbers are limited with a maximum of 12 participants per workshop.

Having a Say Conference

4 – 6 February 2019
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong 3220

Ways to contribute to our art exhibition

We’d love to have your reflections and artworks as part of our art exhibition in February 2019 at The Project Space at Deakin University in Geelong. You can:

  1. Post your art and reflections to us
  2. Take a picture of you and your art or your reflections and upload it to our website
  3. Tag your public post on Facebook or Twitter with #TogetherProject #AskMe #SafeandRespectfulCultures

Our contact details are:

Att: Marianna Codognotto
Disability Services Commissioner
Level 20, 570 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

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the together project is a violence and abuse prevention initiative of the Disability Services Commissioner.



Level 20, 570 Bourke Street,

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia

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