IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy

IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy

IGNITE is an engaged, contemporary and innovative arts collective for artists with lived experience of disability, mental health issues and the d/Deaf and HOH (Hard of Hearing). IGNITE assists in the development of artists’ aspirations and their repertoire of skills in creative practice. We aim to foster cultural diversity and remove barriers for these artists as makers and viewers. IGNITE aims to support and nurture the aspirations of our artists and to assist in broadening experience, skills and networks. IGNITE works to improve access and opportunities for this creative collective to engage in all areas of arts and culture, including employment, education and leadership roles.

IGNITE programs provide a variety of challenging and exciting arts development experiences for people living with disability, the d/Deaf, HOH and mental health issues. IGNITE programs are mostly free of charge and cater to all levels of skill and experience, from the beginner looking for a new interest, through to hobbyists and the professional practitioner.

Want to participate?

New participants will be invited to attend a meeting to discuss personal interests, aspirations, access needs and learn more about IGNITE program streams. 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 at ignite@belconnenartscentre.com.au or text on 0406 921 304. 

IGNITE: Social participants in 2017.

IGNITE: Social

A curated series of social and creative exchange to introduce participants to the Canberra arts and cultural sector through shared gallery visits, live music and theatre experiences. The aim is to provide supported access to the region’s institutions and gallery network. Read More >


IGNITE participants in 2017.

IGNITE: Makers

A series of workshop sessions focused on skills development in a variety of visual arts techniques and art forms led by experienced arts tutors. Sessions vary in length between 6 to 8 weeks, pending art form focus. Read More >


IGNITE participants at Megalo Print Studio in 2017.

IGNITE: In Studio

A professional development series where we visit artists’ studios, providing an introduction to a diverse range of artists at different stages of their artistic careers. Read More >

Expression of Interest Form

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

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