Fusion Art Project

Proudly supported by Act-Belong Commit, Mundaring Arts Centre, City of Swan, Shire of Mundaring & National Disability Services WA

FUSION is an exciting series of inclusive, whole of community art workshops, free exhibition tours, artists’ talks and recreational events designed to increase social inclusion and engage people with disability to take part in creative activities within their local community.

Exhibition tours at Mundaring Arts Centre are a highlight of the project allowing participants to attend short workshops by exhibiting artists, meet new people, discover new interests and art skills.  

We also offer regular workshops by local artists run over 4 to 6 weeks in a range of exciting mediums. To enable inclusion, each workshop is facilitated by two professional artists for small groups of up to 12 people. Workshops are free for people with disability, and support workers participate as students to develop their own artistic skills. 

HISTORY

In 2006 MAC was approached by DADAA WA to work with a number of community stakeholders on the reCreate Project, engaging community members with high support needs.  This partnership evolved into the Convergence Project (2008 – 2012) with new partners such as Rise, Lotterywest, Disability Services Commission (DSC), Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan and Department of Culture and the Arts joining as the program expanded.

In recognition of the impact of this cultural and social inclusion model, Shire of Mundaring, MAC, DSC and DADAA developed the Fusion Art Project. Over 60 arts workshops, events and activities were undertaken from June 2012 to March 2014, engaging over 2,000 people, with 895 identified as having a disability. 

The first FUSION workshops were held in a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics and textiles and were facilitated by trained and practising artists.

An exhibition of the Fusion Arts Project was held in November 2013 at the Mundaring Arts Centre and attracted 1,200 visitors including new groups to the Mundaring Arts Centre, and resulted in new contacts for future projects.

A new project for young people with disability in the Shire of Mundaring, CircUS commenced at the end of July 2014 as a direct result of the partnerships and participant requests from the Fusion Arts Project. This project taught circus skills to a group of people with disability and their siblings resulting in an end of year performance choreographed by the group.

From May 2015 to July 2016 the Mundaring Arts Centre has continued the Fusion Program and built on past programs.

 

OUTCOMES

The Fusion Arts Project objectives, “to build on, embed and disseminate what has been learnt through past inclusive projects and programming” were realised through a highly successful partnership with the Steering Committee, participants, partner organisations and artists. As well as the fantastic artistic outcomes of the project a sense of community and belonging developed throughout the project. The Fusion Arts Project successfully delivered, “an inclusive arts and culture program” with long term organisational changes to ensure, “inclusive practices in the region”. This was augmented through the delivery of touchpad training as a tool for working with people with disability to identify their interests in the arts; positive promotion of the project and the continuation of partnerships.

The FUSION Art Project:

  • Reduces isolation in our community by providing inclusive and accessible programs that have enabled social and networking opportunities allowing individuals to build meaningful relationships with one another that last well beyond the workshops themselves.
  • Provides participants with quality and meaningful experiences that allow for individuals to develop and extend their arts based skills, processes and techniques in a creative environment.  
  • Encourages support workers to be active participants and engages them in the creative processes as individuals, available to assist when required, but acting as an independent artist during the workshops. 
  • Provides fulfilling activities that allow for support workers to build relationships with their clients and spend quality time with one another in a community context.
  • Supports and provides professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers to broaden their skills base and increase awareness. 
  • Provides opportunities and training for a number of participants of the workshops to return in volunteer capacities both at Mundaring Arts Centre and at workshops as part of the project. 

 

WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU

As part of this project we would also love to get to know artists from the region; expand our list of workshop providers and create valuable networks.

If you would like to know more about the FUSION Art Project, receive monthly updates and invitations to exhibition openings via email, join our mailing list using the link below

If you would like your information added to our artist database, please complete the form below

For more information or if you have any questions please contact our Project Officer Sarah Toohey on 08 9295 3991 or stoohey@mundaringartscentre.com.au

 

THE FUSION ART PROJECT 2016 – 2017 IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY ACT-BELONG-COMMIT, THE MUNDARING ARTS CENTRE, CITY OF SWAN, SHIRE OF MUNDARING, DADAA WA & National Disability Services WA (Community Living and Participation Grants)