History

For over 40 years, FCAC has been an innovative, artistic and cultural hub in the heart of Footscray. Our program, impact and audiences have reached beyond the local area into Melbourne, Australia and overseas. FCAC has received widespread recognition for its pioneering practice in community arts and cultural development.

FCAC was established in 1974 by a group of artists and community activists with a clear agenda of access for all. This group of founders and pioneers successfully advocated to state and federal funding bodies for an arts centre in Footscray, around an identified need to work with marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

At the time, the creation of a community arts centre, in response to social and cultural issues, was unique in Australia and extraordinary for Melbourne’s west, which was lacking in basic infrastructure, transport systems and recreation facilities.

Since opening, more than two million people have visited FCAC or participated in our programs, events, activities and workshops, with strong representation from socially disadvantaged or marginalised communities.

The re-development of our facility in 2010 significantly enhanced the ability for innovative and community-led work to be performed or presented in the region, as well as providing FCAC with the tools to expand and sustain our operations for the next stage of our development. This development has reaffirmed our position as Victoria’s premiere centre for contemporary community-led practice and engagement.

 


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1. Williamstown Naval Dockyards Band, 1986