Breaking the Barriers Joe Monteleone



This visual art exhibition presents a series of touchable linocuts and limited edition prints celebrating iconic landmarks of the Emerald Hill precinct, such as the South Melbourne Market and other historic buildings. Each artwork has been painstakingly created by Deafblind artist, Joe Monteleone.

“My Deafblind identity is central to the work I create, which is an avenue both to expression, my inner emotional world, and encourage the audience to interrogate their assumptions and see the world from my unique perspective. Among these assumptions is the limiting perspective that Deafblind individuals aren’t capable. My work is a demonstration of what Deafblind people are capable of when ableist attitudes and societal barriers are removed. 

I hope this exhibition inspires others within the Deafblind, Deaf and Disability community, demonstrating what can be achieved with dedication, hard work, and the right support. I also hope it shows wider society the importance of investing in access to ensure equal participation and opportunity for people with Disability. 

Creating Lino cuttings with the depth of detail and complexity of these landmarks took 70-80 hours for each piece. The theme of the series is a journey throughout South Melbourne showing iconic landmarks in a new light through my Deafblind visual frame.”

Joe Monteleone’s exhibition is proudly supported by Arts Access Victoria as part of Thrive Festival 2021. Local Deaf and Disabled artists received grants from the City of Port Phillip for professional development to produce performances, visual art and film inspired by the geography of Emerald Hill.

In addition to the Smartify audio tour, Braille descriptors & tactile elements have been added to the exhibition.


- A Braille artist statement and verbal descriptions of the work are available at the exhibition,
- A sample of Joe's lino cuts are available to feel the work,
- Gasworks has a social story, which can be provided upon request,
- Accessible parking is available along Graham Street in front of Gasworks Arts Park,
- Wheelchair ramps & accessible toilets are available on-site.

Artist Statement

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Audio Descriptions 

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 South Melbourne Historical Map

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 South Melbourne Tram Station

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South Melbourne Market Logo 

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South Melbourne Market 

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South Melbourne Town Hall 

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St Peter's & Paul's Catholic Church

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Emerald Hill Cafe 

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This activity is part of Arts Access Victoria’s Thrive Festival. For accessibility details, check the Thrive Festival website Funding has been proudly provided by the Australia Council the government of Victoria.


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  • Event Details


    Foyer Gallery
    All ages
    Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credits
    Joe Monteleone