Paul Calcott
  • Last updated:
  • 20 May 2019
Paul Calcott is a Wiradjuri man from central NSW; as an infant he contracted Polio this has led to his passion; helping other Aboriginal people who are living with a disability. For the past 10 years Paul has worked with First Peoples’ community on the Sunshine Coast who are living with disability, utilising traditional art and story-telling as a way of addressing social isolation and building resilience. Paul has coordinated 14 exhibitions showcasing art work by First Peoples living with disability. This has not only raised awareness to the wider community around the artistic and cultural contribution artists with disability can make to their community, but also assisted in economic participation by artist with disability. Paul is an established Australian indigenous artist with art works nationally and internationally. 

Background and experience

Paul's proud to be involved in the First People's Disability Network of Australia. Paul has developed a number of national resources using traditional styles of Australian indigenous art to assist people in accessing disability supports and services.

He is passionate about raising the profile of artist living with disability and the contributions they can make to the arts with their unique life experiences and perspectives. He facilitates the NuunaRon art group for indigenous artist living with a disability on the Sunshine Coast. Paul has strong connections and working partnerships with indigenous art groups and organisations throughout Australia. 

Paul recently gave a presentation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the presentation was on LGBTIQ First Nations peoples living with a disability and the intersectionality between these three cultures, the presentation was in the form of an original artwork he developed using traditional indigenous art. The art work was later gifted to the Canadian government.

A number of Australian commissioners, politicians have his artwork and are very supportive of the work he does.

Board memberships

  • The national disability arts policy development advisory board 
  • Arts Access Australia’s NDIS working group
  • Sunshine Coast University Indigenous Advisory Board 
  • E.L.D.A ( Elders living with disability Australia) national expert representative group on first peoples disability business 
  • Recognised community Elder on Murri Court