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Way Out West

Way Out West has showcased rich and diverse artmaking from artists with disability in Melbourne’s west for over a decade.

Way Out West is a quality visual and performing arts program for adults with an intellectual disability, autism, physical disability or acquired brain injury, which meets fortnightly in St Albans.

From their base at the Westvale Community Centre, participant artists develop their skills and artistic vision through the exploration of a wide range of mediums, including drawing, painting, puppetry, printmaking, movement, costume design, music and theatre.

Being part of Way Out West gives participants a space to gain confidence, learn new skills, generate strong community connections and . For families and carers, Way Out West offers respite and the opportunity to see their family member flourish creatively.

The Way Out West crew has exhibited and performed works at The Brimbank Festival, the Hunt Club Community Arts Centre, Big West Festival and La Mama Theatre.


  • Venue: Westvale Community Centre
  • Address: 45 Kings Rd, St Albans 3021 
  • When: Fortnightly on Saturdays during school terms, 10am to 3pm
  • Cost: $7 per session (paid in advance half-yearly)


To meet our funding requirements, group members must be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • A person with an intellectual disability, physical disability or acquired brain injury
  • Living at home with a family member or volunteer carer (especially elderly parents/ carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds)
  • Registered with the Department of Health and Human Services, and
  • Living in the West or North region of Melbourne


If you are interested in the arts, even if you do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above, please contact Geoff Robinson, Arts Development Officer, on 03 8640 6010 or email


Header image: Way Out West at a showcase of The Feast, 2013. Photo by Catherine Acin.