Layla Bacayo of The Art Factory awarded by Community College Australia for her art and advocacy for people with disabilities | The Daily Advertiser

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MULTIFACETED ARTIST Layla Bacayo has been recognized by Community Colleges Australia (CCA) for her advocacy in the arts sector for people with disabilities. Ms. Bacayo has been a student at The Art Factory at Riverina Community College since it opened in 2016 and has used her residency to showcase the skills and creativity of diverse people. Art Factory staff nominated Ms. Bacayo for the CCA’s prestigious “Student of the Year” for her “fierce” and continuous advocacy. IN OTHER NEWS: Competing against hundreds of individuals across NSW, she was shortlisted as one of eight finalists – a rare achievement for a student from an unaccredited class. Although she didn’t earn the highest honor, the ACC was so impressed with her resume that they gave her their first achievement award. “I feel fantastic, it feels good,” Ms. Bacayo said. “[People with a disability] need to have a voice and know if they want to speak up, they can speak up. In June last year, Ms Bacayo was invited to Canberra to speak about the importance of inclusivity with the arts sector at the National Conference of Museums and Galleries. She has also found her foot in the door at numerous local events, including her own exhibition at Wagga’s Curious Rabbit in collaboration with local artists Sarah McEwan and Veronica Watson. Art Factory manager Leanne Dyer said Layla never let her disability limit her in any way. and that it seizes all the opportunities offered to it. “She’ll always say ‘I can do it’ and ‘just because I have a disability doesn’t mean I can’t’,” Ms Dyer said. “Layla’s practice is very professional, and so she’s always moving forward, she’s always looking to the future, and I think that’s part of her excellence in the art.” The Art Factory offers Ms. Bacayo and neurodiverse people a space to practice art and use it as a tool to communicate their worldview.Artists sell their art through the factory website and take 50% of the profits – l The other half goes to the cost of art supplies. Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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