Programs of Arthur Creative

The objective of ArthurCreative is to provide opportunity for the local community to participate in high quality arts and cultural activity either as creators or viewers, and to encourage a wider acceptance of participation in a professional arts context by people with a disability.Karden Disability Support Foundation includes ArthurCreative, a leader in the provision of arts, craft, creative industries and professional studio support for artists with disability. ArthurCreative previously worked with around 45 artists per week in 5 workshops including screen printing, mixed media, drama, craft and photography and now has places for up to 130 people. For a complete listing visit the website at https://melbasupport.com.au

This is achieved via:

  • Provision of specialist workshops for artists
  • Provision of and participation in local events and festivals
  • Development and Implementation of a multimodal arts space for creation and housing of above and broader community arts activity.

Arthur Creative – Workshop Series for artists with a disability.

Jack-In-The Box (Music Focused)

Jack-In-The Box is an inclusive creative group where the emphasis is on having fun, building confidence and creativity, and engaging in play as adults. Play is as important for adults as for children and has been proven to enhance problem solving skills, relationship building, boosting happiness and motivation. The element of surprise in play and the opportunity for self-expression that comes with it is invaluable in building self-confidence, being physical, and having a whole-body experience.

The group will be led by a multi modal arts practitioner who will provide a variety of techniques to enable and encourage people to explore the process of play and the skills that come with it. Music is the main medium used, but drama, dance and visual arts will be drawn upon to provide ways for individuals to engage and to learn.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $50 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year (includes materials).

When: Monday’s (term based) 10am – 1pm

The Box (Mixed Media/Film)

The Box examines the process of making film and will be led by a professional artist. Pre-production, script writing, casting, editing and screening are the elements that will be explored and implemented to create film. Group members will also be involved in developing props and designing sets, experimenting with different styles of animation (including creation of characters and bringing them to life), and learn about film genre and its application.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $60 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year

When: Monday’s 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Tuesday’s 10am – 1pm and (term based)

Photo Box (Photography)

Photo Box has been created for people who use photography as an artistic medium and for others who would like to learn the basics of photography and how to make better use of the myriad technology available to us today. Whether you choose to use a DSLR camera (digital single lens reflex), smart phone, or IPad, the principals taught will serve to enhance your photographic practice. Composition and light, how to work your way around a DSLR, Photo shop and other software are just some of the aspects that will be explored within Photo Box.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $50 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year

When: Tuesday’s (term based) 1.30pm-4.30pm

MatchBox Theatre Making Workshops (Performing Arts)

MatchBox is an inclusive creative ensemble and consists of weekly workshops to develop original works and build up skills in the performing arts sector. The group is also focused on improvisation and movement and exploration of Multi Media and Film. We envisage all MatchBox participants enjoying a safe but exciting environment where our creative direction provides every opportunity for personal expression and self-determination.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $50 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year (includes materials).

When: Wednesday’s (term based) 10am – 1pm

Boxhead Ensemble

Boxhead Ensemble exists in the form of a 10 – person performance based group. Boxhead members identify not only as performers, but as artists who move through and across a broad spectrum of creative modalities. Each performer has arrived with their own experience and concept of “theatre” and “performance”. Boxhead make one major work a year and meet weekly for creative development and skill development. At times Boxhead also support Matchbox Theatre Making Workshop participants with mentoring and creativeleadership. We engage guest artists when exploring specialized work.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $40 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year (includes materials).

When: Friday’s (term based) 2pm – 3:30pm

PaintBox

PaintBox is an inclusive creative group led by professional artists. PaintBox consists of weekly workshops to develop original works, build up skills in the visual arts sector, explore and enhance the artist’s unique expressive identity and experiment with multimodal art making techniques.

Paintbox studio accommodates emerging and established artists. Artists are led through planned activity and also have time and guidance to work on independent projects. We also offer exhibition and professional development opportunities for those interested in pursuing commercial/career pathways.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $50 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year (includes materials).

When: Wednesday’s (term based) 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

Screen Printing

Screen Printing is a weekly workshop for artists interested in learning screen printing techniques to print their original artworks to paper and textiles.

Screen printing uses a fine mesh frame and stencil by which the ink is forced through to create a printed image. There are a variety of methods that can be used to make an image from creating a stencil and using a stencil knife to cut it out, to hand painting an image directly onto the screen using a medium called Drawing Fluid. Arthur also owns a laser cutter that connects to the computer and artist’s images can be scanned and stencils made using this amazing piece of equipment, even the smallest mark can be turned into an original artwork.

We also offer product development opportunities for those interested in pursuing commercial/career pathways.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $70 (+GST) per session, 40 sessions per year (includes materials).

When: Friday’s (term based) 10am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Pathway Programs

The Progressive Studio

The Progressive Studio provides weekly access, free of charge to artists who identify as having a disability. Within an open studio environment, the artist will be supported to explore and discover career pathways and job potential in the arts sector and in addition explore the development of product based work and outlets to sell this product. Artists are required to register and commit to weekly 3 hour blocks that can be booked on a Thursday’s between 10am and 3pm. Artists will be supported by professional visual arts practitioners.

Participants: Adults with disability who identify as established artists.

Eligibility: Invitation Only

When: Weekly Studio Access (Thursdays in 3 hour blocks to be negotiated)

Individual Creative Development Program (Multi Arts).

Arthur can work with you and your support people to plan a specialized arts program.

This could include (but not limited to!):

  • Working ‘one on one’ with a professional artist for tuition/technique development.
  • Participation in a series of ‘one on one’ workshops to develop a pathway plan for developing your own practice.
  • Practical assistance to link in and engage with professional development / community activity. (for example working with an ‘Arts Participation Support Practitioner’ to help you settle in to a mainstream arts and cultural activity)

We can link you in with arts practitioners to work with from the community or where available you can work with existing Arthur staff.

Participants: Adults with disability who have an interest in the arts or who are practicing as an artist and wanting to pursue commercial/ pathways in the arts market.

Eligibility: Pathway option for artists from core programs or individual artists wishing to explore more professional practice. Short dedicated blocks of this 1:1 work to feed other practice or longer term programs developed.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $40 per hour (+GST) Program is set up with an hourly rate and materials fee. Contact us for a quote.

(Use of ISP funding recommended. To discuss please contact your case manager or Arthur)

When: By Appointment

Screen Printing / Product Development 1:1 sessions available

Participants: Adults with disability who have an interest in the arts or who are practicing as an artist and wanting to pursue commercial/ pathways in the visual arts market.

Eligibility: Pathway option for artists from core programs or individual artists wishing to explore screen-printing. Short dedicated blocks of this 1:1 work to feed other practice.

Cost: NDIS participant as per prescribed cost or $40 per hour (+GST)Program is set up with an hourly rate and materials fee. Contact us for a quote.

When: Time negotiable

Contact Arthur Creative Services: 
Website: www.melbasupport.com.au

Email: april.welfare@melbasupport.com.au

Ph: 03 5331 7924.