Way Out West
Way Out West (WOW) is an inclusive arts studio. Artists come together for creative experimentation. You get to explore visual arts, performance, installations, music, animation and video. Develop your artistic skills and explore your creativity in a supportive environment.
WOWalk: a fashion show to save the world, Way Out West, 2019. Photo by Raphael Recht.
Timeline and Dates
Way Out West (WOW) runs fortnightly on Saturdays. WOW follows the Victorian school term timetable. This means it runs for 4 terms a year. Each term is roughly five fortnights.
Each session is six hours long. This includes regular breaks and a one-hour lunch. We encourage you to stay for the full session. You can take as many breaks as you need.
Art Forms Studio Works With
WOW is a multi-art form studio. Artists combine traditional visual art mediums with Ipads, musical instruments and sound-making. You will get to work with each other, share stories and creative interests.
WOW is an inclusive environment where endless creative possibilities can take place for Deaf and Disabled artists.
What We Provide
We provide basic art supplies. We encourage you to bring your own, especially if you are working on a particular medium or project. Materials we supply include:
- Paper in assorted sizes
- Drawing and painting materials
- Recycled materials ready for repurposing
- Av equipment
- music and recording equipment
One of the best parts of WOW are the facilitating artists and arts support workers. They are all established artists with many years of experience. They will be able to:
- Provide artistic support
- Help you create and achieve goals – both long-term and short-term
- Work with you to develop an individual pathway program for you
- Offer insight into Melbourne’s artistic communities
- Help you find opportunities
- Share their experience
Why You Should Join
You will be able to make art in a relaxed and friendly environment. WOW is a group work-based studio that focuses on collaborative development. WOW focuses on art-making skills in digital, sound, music, video and animation. We encourage creative improvisation and collaboration.
One of WOW’s objectives is Disability Leadership. WOW’s supportive environment aims to support artists to explore creative ideas and lead activities.
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
Some examples of the support and opportunities you will get at WOW are:
- Learn new skills and art-making techniques
- Work with established artists to explore and develop your artistic practice.
- Regular check-ins on personal artistic goals
- Develop works for public outcomes for theatre, film, festivals, and online spaces
- Apply for external public exhibition opportunities
- Go on outings to experience art throughout the year
- Learn and network with artists at all career levels.
The Studio Venue
WOW is based at St Albans Community Centre (STACC) and The Bowery Theatre. STACC is wheelchair accessible and has accessible bathrooms and changing places. There is a hearing loop.
There is accessible parking at STACC and it is 250 meters from the St Albans train station.
If you would like to join Nimbus or would like more information please contact Lefa Singleton Norton (Coordinator/ Creative Producer of Nimbus and Way Out West studios).
How to Contact Us
- Fill out the form at the bottom of this webpage
- Email Lefa Singleton Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone Lefa Singleton Norton 03 8640 6014 (voice only)
- Phone AAV Reception 03 9699 8299 (voice only)/ 0401 224 864 (text or voice) and ask for Lefa Singleton Norton.
The studio space is fully accessible with accessible bathrooms. Staff are professional artists as well as trained support workers. We will work with you to make sure your access needs are covered.
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.
Recent Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings