BROUGHTON ART SOCIETY Inc. (renamed in 1994) was founded in February
1965 by the late Ian Broughton as The Arts Society for
The Handicapped. Ian, a young man in his early twenties
with muscular dystrophy, was resident at The Home for
Incurables (now The Julia Farr Centre).
As a talented artist, Ian’s ambition was to provide
South Australian people with a physical disability the opportunity
Although Ian died in October 1965, many of his goals have
been achieved and the target group has expanded to include
people with other disabilities.
- Get together and discuss mutual problems
- Hold exhibitions of members’ paintings
- Produce Christmas and other seasonal cards,
- calendars, etc
- Establish a central workshop or studio
- Obtain transport to go on painting expeditions
- Obtain instructors
- Purchase equipment and/or provide a pool of
equipment from which members can borrow.
In 1966, painting and drawing classes began in
The Ian Broughton Memorial Art Studio at Bedford
Industries. In 1971, courtesy of The City of Unley, The
Society relocated to the present studio in the historic
tram barn at Parkside. We are greatly indebted to the
of Unley for their continuing support.
The Society is managed and controlled by a volunteer committee,
that aims to continue providing an excellent service for
people with a disability. It is sometimes a challenging
and difficult task in our changing world, but, always readily
accepted for the benefit of artists with a disability to
achieve their aims.