IGNITE: Social

IGNITE: Social participants in 2017.

IGNITE: Social participants in 2017.

IGNITE: Social

IGNITE: Social aims to extend the cultural participation of IGNITE participants and improve their access and inclusion in the arts as makers and viewers. IGNITE: Social draws on the skills, interests and experiences of all to create a curated series of social and creative exchanges that introduce participants to the Canberra arts and cultural sector, including shared gallery visits, live music and theatre experiences. IGNITE: Social aims to provide supported access and first-hand experience, build awareness and confidence, and share information of existing networks and the wider arts community.

In 2018, IGNITE: Social has included a public, collaborative and fully inclusive art-making activity with Hands On Studio at Art Not Apart; an opportunity to attend Crystal Clear Artists talks at the Canberra Glass Works; and a floor talk, group discussion and viewing of solo and group exhibitions Functional Shadows and Transitions at Craft ACT.

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July 6:

Participate in an inclusive and tactile tour of the current exhibition Finders Keepers: Collectors and their Stories at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Enjoy a guided tour of 269 cherished objects and mementos and learn about the intimate stories behind the collections. Then participate in a structured viewing of the exhibition The Gift: Art, Artefacts & Arrivals. This is an emotive exhibition that presents the work of five artists and their response to the idea of the gifts of immigration. Finally, chat over a cup of tea or coffee.


July 28:

Gallery 1 M16 studio artists present their annual group exhibition showing a group of diverse practices and techniques from established and emerging artists. Gallery 2 210 DEGREES presents selected work from Canberra Art Workshop. Gallery 3 showcases the work of the artists from Hands On studios.  The works explore story-telling and were created in Hands-On classes in 2017. Hands-On Studio is an arts organisation run by CatholicCare housed at M16 Artspace which seeks to provide people with disabilities access to an art education.


August 8:

Experience a guided tour of the international travelling exhibition Unfinished Business which presents the work of artist Belinda Mason and filmmaker Dieter Knierim. The creative collaboration tells the stories of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability via 3D lenticular photographs, voice, video and text. Then enjoy an informal visit and viewing of the permanent exhibition The Foundation Collection: The Nolan Collection, which is managed by CMAG on behalf of the Australian Government.  This significant collection of 141 breathtaking work by eminent Australian artist, Sir Sidney Nolan was donated to the people of Australia in 1974 and includes the Burke and Wills expedition, Under the pier, works from the Kelly series and more. Relax and share a chat over a tea or coffee at the CMAG café.


August 21:

Join us at The Portrait Gallery to experience a guided tour of two exhibitions, So Fine and Express Yourself. The exhibition So Fine presents richly intricate and conceptually challenging new work by ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history. Express Yourself exhibits the portraits that form part the galleries collection and celebrates the rich and diverse life of some unique Australians.  Enjoy a facilitated drawing exercise in Express Yourself with one of the galleries fabulous educators. Relax at the café and chat over tea or coffee.


September 28:

Visit the National Museum of Australia and participate in an inclusive tour of the upcoming exhibition Rome: City and Empire. Experience and learn about the 200 Roman artefacts from the British Museum. The beautiful objects tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire. Also, participate in an art workshop with one of the Museums team. Enjoy tea or coffee after at the MOAD Terrace café and chat about the experience as a group.



Spend some time as a group and view the engaging exhibition Performing Drawing at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Performing Drawing brings together drawings, photographs and audio-visual in a considered selection of contemporary drawings that reflect on and extend the idea of drawing as an art form and action. Enjoy tea and coffee in the outside café.


November 16:

Enjoy a walk in the park. Get together and experience an interactive tour of the ANU International Sculpture Park located on the beautiful Acton Peninsula at the south end of the campus. Travel across undulating grassy slopes, gullies and open woodlands, to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. View site-specific sculpture from artists such as Fiona Foley, Mitsuo Takeuchi, Christine O’Loughlin, David Jensz, Gerald Lewers, and Benny Tipungwuti. Bring a sketchbook, camera and carry bag so we can draw, create frontage, and glean to document our day.


November 30:

Tour of the end of year ANU Graduating Exhibition. The exhibition is held throughout the ANU School of Art & Design (SOA&D) including the workshops and galleries. The work of graduating students is exhibited across the entire school and showcases the work of students completing awards in undergraduate programs, Bachelor degrees with Honours, Graduate Certificate of Arts and Masters Programs by coursework. Unwind and enjoy at drink at Chats café.

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Enrolment >

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?

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