Since 1984 ICE has worked with Western Sydney communities, artists and creative producers. Together, we have created exciting art, built community capacity and enhanced our regions cultural vibrancy.
ICE began by supplying mobile information services to our local community shifting focus in 1993 to initiate Community Arts and Cultural Development programs targeting culturally diverse communities and community access to information technology. In the late 1990s, responding to community demand for projects engaging with technology, our focus sharpened to include the nexus between arts, technology and cultural engagement as we widened our community reach across Western Sydney.
Critical to our development and effectiveness has been the establishment of our digital arts facility in Parramatta. Operating since 2010, this multi-purpose creative hub enables us to deliver digital media and professional development, production and training programs that incubate Western Sydney creative and cultural enterprises and deliver next level professional development pathways for emerging cultural entrepreneurs.
ICE has consistently created professional development pathways and employment opportunities for thousands of Western Sydney artists. In particular, ICE has built a diverse range of cross-sectoral linkages, producing projects with and for the Museum of Arts and Applied Science (MAAS), Stockland Property, Australian Immigrant and Refugee Womens Alliance, Football United, Aurora Community Television, SBS TV, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the Auburn Community Development Network.
Launching in 2001 ICE has continued to produce the annual Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA), one of the largest events on the Arab-Australian cultural calendar and an important ongoing national screen culture event. Screening each year to over 4,000 people in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, AFFA is set to expand to Perth in 2016. Importantly, it has been the model for the establishment of similar community specific film festivals in Australia, Korea and the United States.
In 2010 ICE partnered with the British Council and UK urban theatre creator/MC Jonzi D to produce East London West Sydney for the 2011 Sydney Festival. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 ICE produced projects for a number of major Sydney-based arts festivals, including the Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers Festival and Sydney Architecture Festival. In 2015 ICE partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to present the international Civic Actions Artists Practices Beyond the Museum conference.
ICE is unique nationally and internationally in that we are able to offer a rich synergy of community engagement, cultural production, digital technology, training and artist development.
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