Front Up Launch
Celebrate with leading not-for-profit Ability Options, the launch of Front Up, the first ever disability-led Arts and Cultural Hub opening in Seven Hills in Western Sydney.
Front Up will offer participants access to a multi-layered professional arts and cultural education, as well as linking with existing NSW Government education programs and services.
A series of three collaborative programs entitled Explore, Discover, and Emerge will be offered by Front Up, aiming to promote artistic vibrancy and social inclusion through both inspiring interest in the arts and culture sector, and developing creative skill sets.
To celebrate the launch of this project, a special exhibition ‘I’m Still Here’ showcases the works from artists involved in the Emerge pilot program.
The 12-week creative process for the project first began with participants visiting three prominent exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, and soaking inspiration from these works, including Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt, Lot Lost by Eko Nugroho and the Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera Exhibition.
Led by Kay Armstrong, Artistic Director of the Emerge pilot program, ‘I’m Still Here’ has been a highly collaborative project.
“We found extraordinary resonances with each of the selected artists and the manifold social issues that their work embraces,” she commented.
I’m Still Here’ embraces three main themes; identity, visibility, and validation, which are all explored through interactive installations, sculptures, video, performance, live poetic narrative, and paintings.