The Art Factory
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 studio is a nurturing environment where each artist can be themselves and have autonomy.
The Art Factory provides artists with guidance, mentoring, networks and career paths to assist in further establishing and maintaining a 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.
Leanne Dyer | Manager
Leanne has many years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, most notably in her role as Community Program’s Coordinator at the Riverina Community College. This role provided her the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people. Leanne is passionate advocate for anyone who may experience barriers to community engagement.
Leigh Hewitt | Arts Worker
Leigh is an artist from Melbourne, predominantly painting in oils.
His style is representational, hovering between realism and impressionism, with forays into a more graphic poppy territory.
Jordy Bos | Studio Crew
Jordy is a sculptor who uses the medium of paper to explore the structural components of repetition and geometric patterns. Her experimental approach aims to push the capabilities and limits of paper in varying scales and directions across two and three dimensional objects.
Elaine Camlin | Arts Worker
Elaine is a print-maker who actively explores other mediums, including drawing, artist books and small sculpture. Her work investigates recurring themes of growth and decay and the vital role of regeneration. Elaine is passionate about developing art-making skills and fostering creativity in our region, and works widely in the community. She is currently studying toward a Masters of Therapeutic Arts.
Kerrie Rudd | Arts Worker
Kerrie is a painter, drawing and installation are essential to her practice. In the studio she arranges still life installations of found objects. Bones, ceramics, fresh and dried floral and foliage.
Her personal story is told in paint, through a visual language of colour and light, with a strong impulse to gesture and mark.
Kia Watson | Arts Worker
Kia is a mixed media artist and floral designer, who specialises working with dried and preserved botanical elements. She is inspired by the natural lifecycle of her materials, and takes advantage of each evolving adaption. Her favourite pieces to make are large, abstract installation works and also dedicates her spare time to creating large scale, abstract water colouring paintings.
Riverina Community College
In 2016, Riverina Community College received a grant from Arts NSW to found and run The Art Factory for artists with disability. The Art Factory program, conducted in the College’s Art Studio, is a Supported Studio making use of the state of the art facilities at the College.
Riverina Community College (RCC) is a Registered Training Organisation. The College is located in Wagga Wagga and delivers a variety of nationally recognised training including skill sets and full qualifications from Certificate II to Diploma level.
The RCC operates a variety of programs designed to enhance the lives of the disadvantaged and minority groups within the greater Riverina region. Most are funded through various commonwealth or state government departments and centre around arts for those with a disability, respite for carers, inclusive community education, visiting the elderly in their home or aged care facility and youth at risk.
The College is a Registered NDIS Provider.