“Personally, the place has given me confidence. As a latecomer to an arts practice – and completely unused to using that sort of terminology – I now have a community where I can safely explore the complex and risky business of making art. And I can also talk about art, criticise art, experience art and worry about art to my heart’s content. Plus, because FCAC is in Footscray, I can add or subtract the word ‘and culture’ to every mention of ‘art’. There are no barriers – not age, not art form, not gender, not ethnicity and certainly not class.”
My favourite FCAC moment
I can’t. There are too many!
- Being riveted by the performance piece (Ha Lf) where urban aboriginal artists spoke to urban aboriginal society and, bypassing me completely, spoke more truth to me than anything I have ever seen in an urban setting
- Watching a senior DFAT official, in a public speech, describe an artist exchange between Footscray and Jogjakarta in terms that were emotional and powerful yet supremely diplomatic
Heather Horrocks is now semi-retired but her activities include being director of an artist-run space, a practicing artist (charcoal, threads, paste-ups, found objects) and, with her husband, proprietor of a small business that often takes her interstate to write, edit, and produce reports and policy documents while gazing at landscapes and interrogating trees.
She has been widely involved in the Footscray community for nearly 20 years. Heather currently chairs the Western Region Health Centre Board, sits on the Arts Advisory Committee for the City of Maribyrnong, and is a founding member of the newly-established Footscray Riverside Action Group. She was formerly a member of Footscray Community Arts Centre Board.
Heather studied maths and languages at Monash University in the 1960s. She is approaching the biblical allotted life span of three score years and ten.