Program Overview

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.

For more information about the ArtLife program, please contact
Amy McMurtrie
on amy.m@footscrayarts.com.


1- The Hackkets with Eva Popov at Melbourne Music Week, 2017. Image by Snehargho Ghosh. 
2- ArtLife Dance Captains Sarah Ellis and Esther Tuddenham. Image by Jessica Ibacache. 
3- The Amplified Elephants. Image by Snehargho Ghosh. 

Featured Events

  • Performance & Conversation

    SVA Kranti – The Revolution Within

    Dancer, storyteller and activist Mallika Sarabhai is one of the most vital figures in Indian dance today.

  • Art Workshops

    Painting for Beginners

    An introduction to the basic techniques and materials for oil painting, including colour theory, paint properties, colour mixing, and oil medium.

  • Dance Workshops

    Bolly-Hip Hop

    Learn the basics of Bollywood and Hip Hop dance to a killer soundtrack featuring Badshah, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Raftaar to name a few!


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