The ARTS Factory Gallery:
The ARTS (Adult, Recreational and Training Services) Factory was established at Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus, ACT, in 1995. The ARTS Factory is an innovation that grew out of the work commenced at the University through the National Professional Development Program (NPDP), for which substantial government funding was acquired over a three-year period to offer ‘Arts Packages’ to both primary and secondary teachers in Canberra and nearby NSW.
The ARTS Factory has been instrumental in establishing links between the University and the wider community through the interaction of practising artists, educators, students, and community members. Cooperative links have been established with national institutions within the ACT including the National Gallery of Australia and the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The concept has attracted the attention of well-known local artists and ARTS Factory community course offerings cover the whole spectrum of arts activities from music therapy, painting, ceramics and visual art and design activities for children. The ARTS Factory has also provided a focus for the ongoing professional development of teachers through workshops and assistance in the development of Arts curriculum in schools.