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Way Out West

Way Out West is an inclusive arts studio. Creative experimentation through combining music, visual art and performance, while having a lot of fun, is what Way Out West does best. Whether its online or face to face, joining Way Out West means you will develop your artistic skills in and explore your creativity in a supportive environment.

Patrick Frances is in a red suit is looking towards the ceiling. He is wearing a red cape that is billowing behind him.

WOWalk: a fashion show to save the world, Way Out West, 2019. Photo by Raphael Recht.

The studio is a multi-art studio. You will work in collaboration with other artists to create and present works.

Way Out West (WOW) is open to all Deaf and Disabled Artists with an interest in collaborative and experimental art-making, music, visual art and improvisation. WOW welcomes artists all Deaf and Disabled artists including those from Cultural and Linguistic Diverse backgrounds as well as First Nations, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Timeline and dates

WOW meets fortnightly on Saturdays and breaks during school holiday periods. We have 40 sessions a year. Each session runs for 6 hours from 10 am to 4 pm.

Mediums the studio works with

WOW uses traditional visual art mediums, Ipads, musical instruments and sound-making and recording equipment. Members of the studio work together, sharing their stories and creative interests. Imagination, a willingness to be surprised, an open mind and a sense of humour are the backbone of Way Out West.

What we provide

  • WOW provides a welcoming and inclusive environment where endless creative possibilities can take place for Deaf and Disabled artists.
  • Participating artists get a chance to catch up in a relaxed and friendly environment and participate in creative, collaborative exercises where different artists have input into the creative focus of the studio. WOW develop artistic projects into public outcomes for theatre, film, festivals, and online spaces.
  • It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played music, made art or performed before – what you need to bring is an interest in play and an appetite for fun.

Why you should join?

Way Out West is focusing on developing digital music and art making skills so that creative improvisation and collaboration can carry on whether we are online or in the studio all together.

One of WOW’s objectives is Disability Leadership. The studio’s supportive environment aims to foster a space where artists can explore their creative ideas and lead activities with their peers.

WOW’s History

Way Out West has been based in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne for the last 15 years. Over this time Way Out West has focused on performing arts outcomes and more recently has expanded to music production, visual arts and digital media.

The Way Out West artists have performed most recently at:

Contact Us

For more information about Way Out West, please fill out the form below or email Fina Po (Creative Producer of WOW) at fpo@artsaccess.com.au. You can also call us (03) 9699 8299 (voice only) / 0477 860 955 (text or voice) and ask for Fina Po.

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