IGNITE: Makers

IGNITE: Makers

IGNITE: Makers is part of a suite of accessible arts learning and development opportunities for people with lived experience of disability, mental health issues, the d/Deaf and HOH (Hard of Hearing) who experience barriers to formal training. IGNITE: Makers provides practical hands-on visual art learning experiences and is led by professional artists and tutors in a supportive and accessible environment.

IGNITE: Makers aims to assist participants to develop their full artistic potential in their own way and time. Participants engage in hands-on making projects to gain or strengthen their knowledge of specific art-making skills and techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture. Learners are immersed in an environment of art language and concepts, enabling them to develop the vocabulary to understand and describe their art processes, analyse their work and explain their ideas in a professional arts context. Outcomes typically include creating work for exhibition, engendering a sense of achievement and assisting participants to see themselves as creative artists.

IGNITE: Makers | Soft Sculpture and Wearable Art with Mariana del Castillo

Soft Sculpture and Wearable Art
With Mariana del Castillo

Thursday 11am-2pm

1 August – 5 September 2019

Participants will be introduced to the history of contemporary jewellery and soft sculpture that explores adornment. Works by artists such as Lisa Walker, Doreen Garner, Louise Bourgeois, Teresa Sullivan and Liliana Ojeda will be considered. Each participant will be given a mixed media package to ponder and interpret. They will include their own personal objects and materials to create their own visual language and narratives for a neck piece or brooch.

About Mariana del Castillo

Mariana del Castillo is a Canberra-based artist who uses found objects to construct and explore stories. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from ANU School of Art & Design in 1989, and has tutored in the Arts for Recovery initiative between ADFA and University of Canberra. She has had many solo exhibitions; in 2019 at Canberra Glassworks, and in 2018 at M16 Artspace, Fitters Workshop, CCAS, CMAG, Contour 556 and The Bearded Tit in Redfern, NSW. She was a finalist in the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Award, a recipient of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture prize and Fisher’s Ghost Award, as well as the 2015 CAPO Macquarie Wealth Award and 2009 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne Award. Mariana was also the Concept Costume Designer for the production fo Red Dress in Denmark.

You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Weeks 1 & 2 (1 & 8 August)
Participants will begin to design their self-portraits through a series of ink drawings and fabric collages. Participants will consider the questions, ‘what is self?’; ‘how does disability, hearing loss and/or mental health inform my identity?’; ‘how does society view difference?’; and ‘what fabrics and techniques best express my history and my story?’

Weeks 3 & 4 (15 & 22 August)
Using drawings and collages as a foundation, participants will begin to create their neck pieces/wearable art. There will be opportunities to use natural dyes to support the narratives through colour. Sewing, applique techniques and stitch work will be introduced.

Week 5 & 6 (29 August & 5 September)
Participants will continue to create and finalise their wearable art. We will discuss and critique completed works, reflecting on the personal stories and social ideas about disability, difference and aesthetic choices.



All materials will be provided.


If you have not previously attended any IGNITE programs, please register using the Expression of Interest form below, or contact IGNITE Project Coordinator, Penny Pollard. Penny is Deaf, so get in touch via email on ignite@belconnenartscentre.com.au or text on 0406 921 304.

Name * Phone number * Email * Age 18-2425-3435-4445-5455-6465+

Do you identify as having lived experience of disability? *
In order for us to make the program as inclusive as possible, please provide details of any accessibility requirements you may have.
Will you have a carer attend IGNITE activities with you?
Name of carer Carer organisation (if applicable) Carer phone number Carer email

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

AboriginalTorres Strait IslanderBothNeither

How did you hear about IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy?

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.