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Hands On Studio

Founded in 1996, Hands On Studio has provided a safe environment for artists with a disability to create and develop friendships. Hands On Studio has become a leader in the field of arts and disabilities in the Canberra region by exhibiting regularly and developing authentic relationships with creative institutions and the broader community sector. The collective of artists who practice from Hands On Studio have developed a model for a creative society, guided by the principle that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication.

The artists have used their practices to gain equal access, communicate with their peers and develop a strong sense of self and community.  From 1996-2023 the artists have exhibited works in a selection of Canberra’s leading galleries including The Drill Hall Gallery, Parliament House, The Legislative Assembly, Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), Megalo Print Studio and many more. As well as exhibiting their works broadly the artists have delivered disability inclusion workshops to school age students, the APS and the private sector with the aim to provoke equality and a supported future.

Studio locations:

South Canberra: M16ARTSPACE in Griffith (Studio Address: 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith, A.C.T, 2603)

North Canberra: Tension Wood House (Studio Address: 57 MacArthur Ave, O’Connor, A.C.T, 2602)


Hands On Studio is a registered NDIS and Aged Care provider, therefore classes can be claimed from your NDIS plan, Home Care Package or aged care service. Classes are also available to non-NDIS participants for a fee.

If you have an NDIS plan, the cost is currently based on the Transitional Arrangements for Community and Centre Based Group Activities.

Please check the latest NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits for the most up to date information.


A referral can be made by an individual or on an individuals behalf by a friend or family member, another health professional (such as their GP) or another service provider.

Referrals can be made by completing the referral form or contacting our team on 6163 7600.

Our referral form can be accessed here: 

Request for Service – Self

Request for Service – Referrer

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