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Black and white image of a dog wearing a service dog coat, blanket draped figure in the background

Craig James is a 2019 Access Arts SAFE Grant recipient.

The SAFE Fund provides one-off funding opportunities for artists living with disability or disadvantage to access new opportunities and remove barriers to their professional career development.

Craig is a Gladstone based artist who explores the close human-animal and technological relationship with his service/assistance dog named Ruby. Examples of this human-animal and technological relationship include Ruby adopting digital strategies to stream her own YouTube clips or partake in video calls, support networks that are contactable 24/7, an online university degree, robotic surgery, medical appointments using Skype, the list is endless.

Instead of being isolated in the Central Queensland region, a diverse digital realm has allowed them to slowly but surely begin to connect with others, not only locally but throughout the entire state. “Best Friends Forever” (BFF) offers not a dysfunctional life but one that is enriched by thinking outside the box – Craig and Ruby both have embraced diversity and found a contemporary way of wellbeing. WOOF!

Craig’s artwork is included in the State of Diversity, the touring exhibition of the 2019 Queensland Regional Art Awards.

The Queensland Government has extended lockdown in South East Queensland in response to new COVID-19 cases in Brisbane.
Access Arts workshops will not proceed this week.