Jogja Disability Arts (JDA) has had a long relationship with Community Murals CIC, beginning in 2021 with a collaboration in response to the pandemic.
We worked online with students from Ty Gwyn Special School and sixteen year old Ayla Halewood, who is the subject of the printed metal mural in Cardiff (left).
The same mural elements were printed in Indonesia and installed outside the RJ Katamsi gallery in Jogjakarta, Java (above ).
In 2022, Andrew collaborated with Ruben Lorca, a Spanish disabled artist living in Cardiff and online with disabled artists recruited through JDA to design a paper mural that was pasted up on hoardings (see Unity video above)
Then, early in 2023, JDA designed a mural to be painted by Community Murals in Cardiff, while we designed one for Indonesia.
Both designs were abstract, based on traditional textiles; Javanese batik and Welsh blankets. The 'Welsh' design included textiles from Somalia, Bangladesh and China, to represent some of the many cultures in Wales.
Both carried the message 'Humanising Humankind Makes Peace For All' in English and Javanese.