IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy
A series of free programs that encourage and facilitate participation in the arts by people experiencing disability, including psychosocial disability. IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy provides opportunities for all levels of experience, from entry-level to those wishing to transcend into the mainstream arts sector. It’s a program for the hobbyist who likes to participate because it’s fun, through to the professional practitioner.
Penny Pollard, Project Coordinator
Penny is Deaf, so contact her via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via text on 0406 921 304. To receive updates about the program, please register using the Expression of Interest form below.
If you participated in the IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy 2017 program, you do not need to register, as you are already on the IGNITE mailing list.
Day/time > Various
Dates advised by Project Coordinator
Structured around “get-togethers” at cultural sites around Canberra, IGNITE: Social introduces participants to the wealth of resources available to artists through national and local galleries, performance spaces and institutions. Through a sharing of experiences in a welcoming and supportive group environment, participants will grow in confidence and in their knowledge of the Canberra arts sector. IGNITE: Social welcomes artists with disabilities or lived experience of mental illness. Register interest by completing the EOI form below.
IGNITE: Makers – Mural Project
Thursdays > 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Term 1 | 15 February – 12 April
IGNITE: Makers invites artists with disabilities to participate in a collaborative mural painting project led by Tess Horwitz. Experience working in a group and extend your painting practice, by participating in producing a series of three large scale artworks that will be displayed on Emu Bank. The mural takes its theme from a forthcoming building project and changes to Belconnen Arts Centre. Participants will be invited to imagine and depict the Arts Centre in the future, while being inspired by the possibilities of the arts events, exhibitions, activities and performances that will be generated and hosted.
Tess Horwitz is a highly experienced public and community artist with works in public and private collections in the ACT, as well as nationally and overseas. She is employed as a sessional lecturer at CIT and at the ANU School of Art, and she is on-call as an arts educator at the National Gallery of Australia.
IGNITE: Makers – Installation
Thursdays > 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Term 2 | 10 May – 14 June
Installation artist Meredith Hughes provides an amazing opportunity to extend your art skills using found images and textures to create wall-based installations. Inspired by the French Surrealists, contemporary installation practice and artistic traditions that use recycled materials, this workshop series will take you on a journey of visual arts experimentation and learning. Workshops are welcoming and open to artists with disabilities or lived experience of mental illness and their carers if required. Places are limited; register interest by using the EOI form below.
IGNITE: Makers – Functional Ceramics
Thursdays > 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Term 3 | 2 August – 27 September
Presented at the Watson Arts Centre by the Canberra Potters Society and led by ceramic artist and teacher Jo Townsend, this eight week course provides opportunities for beginners and the more experienced to hand-build, decorate and glaze functional ceramic pieces. All materials and firings are included. Artists with disabilities or lived experience of mental illness are invited to register interest in this free course using the EOI form below. Carers are welcome to attend if required. Places are limited.
IGNITE: Connect Futures – Megalo Screen Printing Studio
Tuesdays > 10:00am – 1:00pm
Dates to be advised
An advanced course in screen printing on fabric, this program is open to artists with disabilities who have screen printing experience or have already completed an introductory program at Megalo and are aiming to work independently at Megalo in the future. This 5 week course will revise screen preparation, work health safety and equipment use while providing opportunities to develop new skills in colour mixing and creating repeat pattern designs using multiple screens and colours. Places are limited.
IGNITE: Connect Futures – Canberra Glassworks
Day/time > To be advised
Term 2 | 1 May – 3 July
Open to artists with disabilities who have already completed an introductory program with the Canberra Glassworks, this 10 week advanced course will revisit the techniques of casting, kiln forming and slumping. During this extended program, participants will be able to refine their skills and create more complex and accomplished work. Limited places only.
IGNITE: Room to Move – Inclusive Dance Classes
Every 2nd Saturday > 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Term 2 | 19 May, 2 June, 16 June and 30 June
Please join us for our 2018 program, which will be another awesome opportunity to dance like there is no-one watching! You will enjoy a massively fun and sensational dance experience, at whatever level you are at, and will make a heap of new friends in the process. This program offers fortnightly inclusive dance and movement classes with a focus on improvisation, led by a variety of experienced tutors from different dance backgrounds.
The sessions are open to people young and young at heart, living with and without disability, at all levels of experience. The classes aim to create a positive learning environment, rich with the creative possibilities each valued participant brings with them. People with disabilities are generally required to bring a carer with them, who is of course invited to join in the class too! Younger dancers are also welcome, provided they have a responsible adult with them.
IGNITE: 7 – Exhibitions
Open daily > 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed public holidays
Established to profile and feature artwork by artists with disabilities and to provide experience to participants in preparing artwork for exhibition, the IGNITE: 7 shows change quarterly. IGNITE: 7 at NDIS Braddon presents shows by organisations and groups, while IGNITE: 7 at University of Canberra Conference Centre provides opportunities for artists to mount solo exhibitions.
3 March – 8 June > Paintings on Paper and Canvas by artists from the Disability Trust
8 June – 14 September > New Works by Open Art participants, supported by Belconnen Community Services
14 September – 7 December > Collaborative works from Hands On Studio and Woden School
7 December – March 2019 > Drawings by members of the L’Arche de Genereset community of Canberra
UC Conference Centre
8 March – 8 June > Untitled, Watercolour Paintings on Paper, Painting with Parkinson’s
8 June – 14 September > TBC
14 September – 7 December > Drawings by members of the L’Arche de Genereset community of Canberra
7 December – March 2019 > New works by Vijaya Sen, supported by Hands On Studio