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Our People

We believe that fair and equal
inclusion in the arts starts with us.

We action this belief by keeping a fully disability-led board of motivated, intersectional artists and professionals who champion

our mission and vision.
 

The key people bringing this vision to life on an every day basis are our passionate and talented team of loud & proud, Western Sydney Artists.


Although our team are all qualified disability workers, they are first and foremost working artists who believe that advocating for the inclusion

of people with disability in the arts leads to a richer and more vibrant cultural landscape for all.

100% Disability led

Liam
Benson

Liam is a disabled, multi-disciplinary artist, creative workshop facilitator and disability advocate with more than a decade of experience working in nationwide cultural and educational institutions, and community spaces.

 

Liam fosters the artistic interests & skills of participants
by creating a space and place for artists to experiment, take risks and make meaningful connections.

 

Liam’s creative practice is informed by working collaboratively with diverse communities and facilitating ongoing conversations around culture and identity.

 

Liam Benson’s works are held in significant public and private collections including The MCA Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Artbank and Western Sydney University.

Creative Director | Co-Founder

The image is a picture of Liam Benson, the We Are Studios Community Programs Director. Liam is a man with pale skin, he has a beard and short brown hair. He has blue eyes and is wearing a gold chain. Liam is smiling.

Jordan
Valageorgiou

Jordan Valageorgiou is a neurodivergent advocate, writer and carer with 12 years experience in the community sector as a worker and board member. Jordan has strengths in program design and evaluation, governance, grant writing and fundraising.

 

Born, living and raised in Canterbury-Bankstown, Jordan has a core focus on stakeholder engagement, particularly for diverse communities. He was raised as an active participant in the Greek literary and artistic culture of South West Sydney including poetry recitals, folk dance traditions and music, and has served on the board of Greek cultural associations. Ironically, Jordan’s first appearance on SBS radio was on the Italian language program.

As the Chairperson of We Are Studios, Jordan feels a special responsibility to advocate for creatives with disability, having only just restarted his writing practice after many years due to the impacts of his disability in adulthood.

Chairperson | Co-Founder

Ebony
Wightman

Treasurer | Co-Founder

Ebony Wightman is Dharug based visual artist, creative leader and disability advocate with a passion for systems thinking, social justice and access for all.

 

In her arts practice, Ebony draws from the transformative potential of crafted environments.

As a creative leader, Ebony provides consultancy services to both local and interstate governments and organizations, and serves as a disability consultant for Get Skilled Access.
 

In 2023, Ebony received support from Creative Australia to partake in the Evolve Leadership Residency Program facilitated by Arts Access Victoria and DAADA. This initiative aims to identify and cultivate the talents of future arts leaders with disabilities.

Additionally, in 2023-24, Ebony was appointed by the Office for the Arts to the co-design working group for the Arts and Disability Associated Plan. Ebony also holds an appointed position on the Blacktown City Council Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.

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