AN art show to showcase the creative work of people with disabilities in the South Gippsland area will move online this year.

Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) is hosting the art show which will be held as a virtual event in December, along with a traditional display if allowed under COVID-19 restrictions.

GSHS allied health manager Vivian Carroll said the show would highlight a diverse range of art and celebrate the impact of people with disabilities.

“We’re currently looking for entries and anyone who would like to exhibit their art can contact us,” Ms Carroll said.

The event is run each year to coincide with International Day of People with Disability on December 3.

This year’s art show will be in-person from November 30 to December 11 at the Integrated Primary Care Centre (IPCC) on the GSHS Leongatha campus if COVID-19 restrictions permit. It will be online and available for viewing and purchase from November 30 to December 24.

Entry to the exhibit will be free and there is no commission on sales.

Exhibitions in 2018 and 2019 attracted 120 and 170 entries respectively, and more than 500 people viewed last year’s display.

Ms Carroll said it was hoped the art would be promoted to a broader audience by taking it online in 2020.

“Hopefully, that will complement a traditional display if possible and with coronavirus precautions considered,” she added.

“By enabling virtual viewing, there’s also more potential to sell items to a broader audience.”

Sales in 2019 more than doubled the previous year, with 43 different artists selling works with no commission costs.

The art show team has made several connections with other community providers, including both specific disability providers and mainstream supporters.

Ms Carroll said the art show attracted a range of artists of all generations with disabilities – physical, intellectual, sensory, mental and emotional – along with age-related concerns and addiction-related health issues.

The event will also have community participation, with all attendees at the 2020 exhibition being encouraged to add to a virtual piece.

Anyone wishing to contribute a piece or up to five pieces for feature artists can contact Vivian Carroll on 5654 2701 or email, or Michelle O’Loughlin on 5667 5662 or email Michelle.O’