ArtLife has been running for over 20 years and engages artists with disability in collaborations with professional artist-tutors to make new work, build capacity and change perceptions. We facilitate these opportunities through visual art, performance, music, sound art, digital media, animation, horticulture, hospitality, photography and movement. These arts activities are combined with the development of life skills in areas such as communication, health and general self-development.

Participants are taught by highly skilled artists and have an opportunity to take part in some of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s major projects, working with professional artists and local community groups. Selection into the program is achieved after a successful trial placement. Work experience placements for students are also offered. Participants are able to attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

The ArtLife program is hugely productive and has spawned a suite of creative ensembles including resident band The Hackkets, sonic art ensemble The Amplified Elephants, and performance outfit The Chaotic Order, as well as exhibitions and events.

Interested in becoming a part of ArtLife?
Download an Expression of Interest form here:

Expression of Interest Form 2019

For more information about the ArtLife program, please contact
Amy McMurtrie

Amplified Elephant Sarah Ellis in Women of the Elephants 2016. Image William Sheilds.
Dancers in Ka – Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016. Image by David Pennay.
Ibrahim Ibrahim with Real Fiction paste up. Image by DLA_LM.
Paul Sunderland and David Mossop May17. Image Amy Lasslett.
Photography, drawing and collage by Marco Avila for the ArtsBox residency. Image by Jamie Rawls.