Connect Collective: Moira Nelson

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Connect Collective: An interview with Moira Nelson

A podcast celebrating the things that bring us together

About Moira:

Moira was interested in art from a very young age. She applied to attend Canberra School of Art starting in 1979 but suffered a head injury resulting in epilepsy and extensive injury to her left temporal lobe. At 20, she had to learn to think and talk again while at art school but had no physical limitations or visible signs of disability. Her art was centred around issues of communication limitations, social displacement and reintegration into society, often using nature – flora and fauna – to tell the story.

Today, her work concerns climate action and advocacy for marginalised groups, particularly the aging, people experiencing disability and refugees. Accessible art-making assists these marginalised groups to explore, learn and master new creative skills. Mental health issues can cause stigma and feelings of isolation which can be alleviated through community arts.

Listen to Moira’s story:

Read full transcript here

About Connect Collective:

Connect Collective aims to acknowledge, celebrate and inform the community about the exciting and diverse hobbies and passions of people with disabilities. Join Ruth O’Brien as she discovers more about these extraordinary members of our community.

This project is supported by the ACT Government as part of their 2021 I-Day Celebrations.

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