How do we, the artists, benefit?
To a high degree this alleviates the greatest anxiety to haunt the disabled artist – the fear of losing one’s ability to paint through deteriorating health as the cost of independence for disabled people is high. Especially so for those who can only live independently if they have regular helpers. Even if the artist lives in a country where the Association does not yet have a publishing house (thus the Association receives no income from that country) the financial rewards to the artist are the same. For example we have artists in Nigeria, DR Congo and Belarus and up to half of our artists are from developing countries.
Membership enables the artist to concentrate on painting, secure in the knowledge that business matters are being handled according to their wishes by the non disabled office staff, freeing them from financial anxiety. The Association offers members and students the opportunity to gather, correspond and learn from each other. Members and students are able to meet at the many conferences, exhibitions and other events, and lifelong friendships often result.
‘This ever increasing family has enriched my life and developed friendships worldwide, the opportunity to illustrate my artwork and to be viewed by many people through our range of merchandise. It has also enabled me to gain experience through my artistic development to achieve the financial support for myself in the future’
Jon Clayton, mouth painter