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About the Program 

We offer artistic and industry development opportunities for participating artists, including workshops, talks, networking opportunities, mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

If you are interested, we will encourage you to to choose an area of interest in our program and learn about your goals. We are a Registered NDIS provider, and you can access the ArtLife program using your NDIS plans. 

ArtLife is part of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Artist and Industry Development Programs. Through these programs we generate sector change by enhancing the visibility of our communities of focus and promote equity and cultural safety in the Australian arts industry.


Workshops

In the workshops, you will be supported to find your artistic style and voice, and make decisions around what you would like to make art about. You will develop individual goals which are built into the planning of the term. The workshops involve collective planning sessions during the first two weeks of term and an evaluation discussion during the last week of term. This supports you  to provide input into the direction and structure of how the workshops are run.

Workshop artforms include:

  • Drawing and painting workshops
  • Screen/digital arts
  • Dance and performance
  • Mixed media art making and 3D sculpture

If you are interested in developing artistic skills alongside other artists, then ArtLife Workshops are for you!  These term-based workshops are facilitated by an Artistic Facilitator, who leads the workshop, and an Engagement Worker, who provides support by  removing barriers to participation as much as possible.

Who is it for?
  • You will need to be known to have or identify with having a disability and be 18 years old or over.
  • You will be a NDIS participant
  • You will need to have passion for the arts and a willingness to make an art goal.
  • You will need to be able to take directions, work with others as part of a group and be respectful.
  • You will need to respond to other people’s ideas and offer your own ideas.
Duration

Workshops are term based and run for 8-10 weeks.

How to apply

Places in ArtLife workshops are by application, please complete our EOI form and choose an art form you are interested in.


Arts Industry Workshops

Arts Industry workshops aims to provide you with skills, networks and knowledge to allow you to be ambitious when working and leading the Australian arts industry.

The Art Industry workshop will support you to:

  • Attend contemporary arts events with your peers
  • Understand your artistic interests
  • Develop your networks in your arts community
  • Expand your artistic influences
  • Develop skills to get information about ‘what’s on’ in the arts sector
  • Share arts reviews with your peers
  • Learn how to access resources to support your independence
  • Develop your own plan about how to enhance your independence and participant in arts and culture 
Who is it for?
  • You will need to be known to have or identify with having a disability and be 18 years old or over.
  • You will be a NDIS participant
  • You will have a willingness to try new things and have new experiences
  • You want to meet new people
  • You want to build new skills for independence and attend art events
  • You want to develop leadership skills
Duration

Workshops are term based and run for 8-10 week

How to apply

Places in ArtLife workshops are by application, please complete our EOI form.


ArtLife Residency

If you are an artist with a disability, have a dedicated artistic practice and want to work towards ambitious and high-impact public projects, the ArtLife Residency may be a pathway for you. ArtLife Artists-in-Residence have a readiness to take their artistic profile to new professional contexts.

TheArtLifeArtists-in-Residence meet weekly over 24 months and are provided individual creative development support by Artistic Facilitators and Creative Producers. The program requires artists to have demonstrated their dedication to developing a professional arts practice.

Who is it for?
  • You will need to be known to have or identify with having a disability and be 18 years old or over. 
  • You need to be a participant of the ArtLife program who has attended workshops for at least 6 months. 
  • Have a readiness to create an ambitious art goal and want to present your art as part of an exhibition, event, and/or performance.
  • Be committed to your art practice, and want to participate in ArtLife Residency for two years (24 months).
  • Be professional and respectful when collaborating with other professional artists and staff. 
Duration

24 months

How to apply

You must be already part of the ArtLife program for at least
6-months. Please talk to program staff if you are interested.


Mentorship

An ArtLife Mentorship provides you with an opportunity to connect one-to-one with a professional artist in an area or art form that is most interesting to you. Mentoring can be used to build capacity and skills or to work toward a specific project.

Who is it for?
  • You will need to be known to have or identify with having a disability and be 18 years old or over.
  • You will be a NDIS participant
  • You will have art goals or a specific project or idea you need support with.
Duration

Up to 12 months

How to apply

Places in the ArtLife Mentorship are by application to match participants with a suitable Facilitating Artist. If you are interested, please complete our EOI form and explain your art goal, project or idea that you want a mentor to support you to achieve.

Expressions of Interest

Interested in joining or finding out more? You can read further information above and reach out to us by submitting this form.

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