The Art Factory

The Art Factory – Supported Studio

Riverina Community College received a grant from Arts NSW to run The Art Factory for artists with a disability. The Art Factory program, conducted in the College’s Murramarra Bundanha Art Gallery is a Supported Studio making use of the state of the art facilities at the College in Wagga Wagga and provides artists with support, guidance, mentoring, networking and career pathways to assist in further establishing and maintaining a high-quality, creative, contemporary arts practice.

The studio is non-directive and artists are encouraged to develop their own visual language using a range of mediums and styles under the expert guidance of professional arts practitioners.

We are very lucky to have the services of James Farley as one of those professional arts practitioners. James was joint winner of the 2016 NSW Young Achiever Award.


One of our Art Factory Students, Stephen O'Hara enjoying his time in the art studio

2018 Program

In 2018, the Art Factory is running two programs; the Emerging Studio Program and the Experienced Studio Program. Both programs will run according to a ‘supported studio’ framework.

What is a Supported Studio?
A supported studio is a sustained creative environment that fosters and supports the individual practice of visual artists with disability.

Supported Studios:

  • Facilitate professional development and career building opportunities for artists (both individually and as a collective).
  • Provide technical artistic support.
  • Promote artists in the marketplace, networks and audiences outside the disability sector.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to producing and presenting work of high artistic quality.


The Art Factory Open Day Exhibition at the College, 2016

About The Studio

The Art Factory in Wagga Wagga is part of the national Supported Studio Network that provides a framework for visual arts studios that support the professional development of artists with disability.

The Art Factory is a supportive and nurturing environment where each artist can be themselves and have autonomy in the studio.

The Art Factory provides each artist with support, guidance, mentoring, networks and career pathways. The studio is a non-directive creative environment supporting artists to develop their own visual language under the expert guidance of professional arts practitioners. Artists can develop their professional skills and confidence in creating and speaking about art.

Emerging Studio Program

The Emerging Studio Program is run every Wednesday from 9:30am – 2:30pm according to school terms.

In 2018, the artists will:

  • Have an end of year exhibition at the HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University. The artists will assist in hanging the exhibition and speak at the opening.
  • Give an artist talk to compliment the end of year exhibition.
  • Have access to professional artists who are running the studio.
  • Learn new skills from four visiting artists who are conducting 3 week residencies at RCC, and will share their skills and knowledge with the artists.
  • Visit local galleries to see and discuss artworks.
  • Have a visual presence of social media every week via Instagram and Facebook.
  • Have access to professional quality art materials.

Please note: This day is designed for people who are interested in art and who want to explore their creativity. It is not suitable for people who want to participate in art activities. The studio has a strict policy of staff not directing artworks, and artists must be able to work independently within a small group environment. The studio will be capped at 12 emerging artists.

Experienced Studio Program

The Experienced Studio Program is run every Tuesday from 9:30am – 2:30pm according to school terms.

In 2018, the artists will:

  • Have an exhibition at Griffith Regional Art Gallery in December that features the work of local and national artists working in supported studio environments. It will be a major arts and disability event. The artists will travel to Griffith for two nights for the opening and film screening event.
  • Mentor Griffith based artists to produce artworks for the exhibition in December.
  • Decide on the outcomes they would like to have within the studio; whether it is a group or solo exhibition, or professional development opportunities.
  • Have access to professional artists who are running the studio.
  • Visit local galleries to see and discuss artworks.
  • Have a visual presence of social media every week via Instagram and Facebook.
  • Have access to professional quality art materials.

Please note: Artists need to have completed at least one year in the Emerging Studio Program and be confident and focused in their art practice.


The Art Factory in Dubbo presenting an exhibition at the national conference ARTLANDS, 2016