ArtLife is a workshop program for artists with disability to work alongside professional facilitating artists. ArtLife is a community-led space. Participating artists are at the core of decision-making across a diverse range of workshops encompassing digital arts, visual arts, dance, animation and stage craft. Participants can access ArtLife using NDIS packages.

ArtLife usually runs workshops onsite at FCAC. However, due to the current COVID-19 gathering restrictions, ArtLife is offering a range of digital services.

ArtLife Expression of Interest

If you are interested in participating in the ArtLife program, please complete an expression of interest form available here.

You can also contact Amy McMurtrie, ArtLife Program & Inclusion Coordinator for more information (contact details at bottom of page)

An Easy Read resource about ArtLife’s Expression of Interest and Enrolment Process is available here.

ArtLife Goes Digital Services

For existing ArtLife participants, click here to see what digital delivery of ArtLife means for you.

ArtLife Goes Digital Workshop Program (NDIS charges apply)

ArtLife Goes Digital is an online workshop program that explores different kinds of art making. Workshops are participant-led, and professional facilitating artists work with the groups to develop a collaborative arts project over a weekly sessions. Zoom workshops are password protected to ensure every participants’ privacy is secure. The weekly online workshops timetable for October – December 2020 is available here.

One-on-One Art Project Consultations (NDIS charges apply)

For participants with limited access to the internet and digital platforms, we can provide weekly phone calls with an ArtLife team member to discuss home-based art projects. This service includes brainstorming with the participant about their interests, developing the project scope, and developing a project plan to undertake a project at home. Each week, the same ArtLife team member will check in for 30 minute via phone (landline or mobile).

To be eligible for this service, participants must:

  • Have access to a landline or mobile
  • Have no access to a digital device
  • Have no internet access
  • Have no supports that can help you access online workshops
  • Are not interested in online workshops
  • Are waiting for a device and/or internet access

Mentorship (NDIS charges apply)

ArtLife mentorship provides participating artists with the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a professional artist in an area that is most interesting to them. Mentoring can be used to build capacity and skills, or to work toward a specific project. Areas including creative writing, visual arts, sound production and dance. Places in the ArtLife Mentorship Program are by application to match each participant with a suitable facilitating artist. The ArtLife Mentorship program will continue during the FCAC closure. Instead of meeting face-to-face, your mentor will set up Zoom meetings.

ArtLife Free Chat

The ArtLife team is committed to supporting participants during this uncertain time and encourage people to reach out if they need. For participants who would like to have a friendly chat, the ArtLife team have created a call-roster to stay in contact with participants (Monday to Friday). Any ArtLife participant can ask for a friendly chat. These chats are a maximum of 5 minutes long per day, and their frequency is up to the participant.

Free iPad Rental (limited number)

FCAC has a limited number of iPads available for free rental by ArtLife participants during FCAC’s closure. This is for participants who don’t have access to a digital device. Sanitised iPads can be delivered to participants once a loan agreement is organised.

Art Materials (private fee applies)

Art material packs are available for participants. Each pack includes:

  • 1 x Visual diary
  • 2 x Paint brushes
  • 1 x Small set of acrylic paints
  • 3 x Pencils
  • 1 x Pack of markers and colour pencils


Amy McMurtrie
ArtLife Program & Inclusion Coordinator
0410 127 370
Available Tuesday to Friday, 9am–4.30pm

Footscray Community Arts Centre is a Registered NDIS Provider.

Please click here to find out more about FCAC’s closure. 

For live updates on the Australian Government’s advice on Corona Virus mitigation, please head to their website or contact the Corona Virus hotline on 1800 675 398.

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- ArtLife Goes Digital: Hello from ArtLife video still. Featuring Esther Tuddenham, Adrian Salvatore and Lucy Buxton.

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