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Profile - Monte Lupo BIRDSONGS 2020 Exhibition

Monte Lupo produces beautiful handmade ceramic and textile artworks and homewares, and provides employment opportunities for people living with disability.

Operated by Australian disability support provider Multicap, our supported employee artists manage each step of the production process, including preparing the clay, glazing and painting. Each detail you see is unique to the finished product and a testament to the hard work of each of our team members. Our artists can proudly say they have accomplished a great deal, while embarking on a creative career. Many of our artists have received national and international recognition for their work, and Monte Lupo is regularly featured in exhibitions across Australia, in addition to holding our own exhibitions. Our artists are able to express themselves freely through a range of media including sculpture, painting, pottery, and screen printing. Monte Lupo staff find this freedom in the artwork visually inspiring and exciting. In these artists, one can truly see the infinite expanse of human expression.

Monte Lupo operates through an individual commitment to a team effort – collaborating to produce the finished product and all it entails, from unloading the clay off of the truck to the selling.  It’s an opportunity for people with disabilities to contribute to a whole, to be a ‘creative cog’ in a machine that wouldn’t operate without them. Giving people living with disability a chance to express themselves through art is not just valuable therapy, but also provides an opportunity to develop new skills and build confidence. With the right assistance, Monte Lupo artists gain a special sense of purpose, creative expression and engagement with the wider community.

Monte Lupo was established by Multicap in 1991 to provide meaningful employment to people living with disability, with a focus on producing beautiful and unique pottery. Almost 30 years later, Monte Lupo now encompasses an art studio, gallery, online store, cafe and coffee carts, and also offers art workshops to the public. Our style is inspired by a small pottery village nestled in the hills of Tuscany, known as Montelupo Fiorentino, famous for a centuries-old tradition of producing brightly coloured and boldly designed pottery in a collaborative process. Monte Lupo also runs regular workshops at its Eight Mile Plains studio, giving locals the chance to create and take home their own unique piece of the Monte Lupo story.

About Multicap

Operating since 1962, Multicap is one of the most highly regarded disability service providers in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

We are known for the range, breadth and excellence of our services, our approach to customer safety and satisfaction, and the outcomes achieved by the people who choose to be supported by us.

Multicap offers an individualised range of supports for people with disability of all ages. Our services span a range of areas including; home and well-being, community and lifestyle, education and employment, creative arts, transport, positive behaviour support, and much more.

We provide support for more than 1,500 customers, and specialise in high and complex needs. We focus on working with customers and their circle of support to find services and programs that assist them to reach their goals and live their lives with possibility and opportunity.

To find out more about Monte Lupo and Multicap, visit our website: www.multicap.org.au.