Artists for Kids Culture provides opportunities for children experiencing hardship.

We believe every child should be supported and have diverse and rewarding experiences.

Big Daddy, Yellow Face

“My painting ‘Big Daddy’ explores themelding of Abstract Expressionism, the decorative formalism of Pop-Art and the wit and humour of an artist working with the imagery of the conundrum of the exotic-ordinary, and in my case, rare breeds of common pet birds. My work is both ironic, artistically playing on sublimated forms of humour, while at the same time, I am deeply engaged with the key subject of work, the budgerigar, having recently become a prize-winning budgiebreeder.Set within an abstract field of expressionist, poured paint, the budgie is depicted disproportionately large, on a totemic pedestal, imagery based on my interest in the remarkable social, conceptual, and functional ceramic work of Ettore Sottsass. The expressive dynamic of poured paint, with its fluid, osmotic effects, is also something obliquely influenced by listening to the extended music sets of Jerry Garcia.” Vanessa White 

Big Daddy, Yellow Face
Vanessa White
Acrylic on canvas
Each month we will present a new work for sale, with the sale price split between the artist and Artists for Kids.
please email for enquiries to purchase.

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Paint it Forward

$50 for an Art Pack for a child – we will distribute directly to a child.


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We are registered for DGR. Donations (over $2) are tax deductible.

AKC artists

AKC is supported by artists who strive to make a difference.

AKC History

In 1994, Jo Darvall, David Larwill and Bernie Jones founded Artists for Kids culture with the help of a group of  artists and friends who wanted to make a positive difference to the lives of children living in inner-Melbourne public housing. Their initial focus was on the kids living at the inner-city commission flats of Collingwood, Prahran and St Kilda.  

Since then AKC has helped 1000’s of children across Australia take part in joyful, exciting, life-changing, fun and rewarding activities and experiences funded by artists, sponsors and volunteers.

Your support can change a child’s life.


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