Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) has built a reputation for its fresh and innovative approach to creative engagement with our communities particularly via screen and digital-based platforms. Importantly, this work has been accompanied by training and professional development initiatives that have seeded new artistic work and creative outcomes.
Our work fosters and increases community pride, cohesion and creativity. For over thirty years ICE has collaborated successfully with communities, artists and educators to build creative opportunity and social capacity in Western Sydney and produce art that drives cultural change.
ICE develops and delivers a range of community-determined creative projects that target disadvantaged, disengaged and vulnerable communities across Western Sydney. The purpose of this work is to build social cohesion, community confidence, and facilitate cultural expression and opportunity. The program works with a number of priority communities, particularly Aboriginal families, asylum seekers and refugees, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and migrants.
ICE produces and presents projects that engage with young people across Western Sydney (particularly those at-risk, disadvantaged, disengaged, unemployed and vulnerable). The program uses a multiplicity of engagement platforms, artistic practices and presentation methodologies, including digital and screen- based art, music, digital-based literacy and numeracy learning, employment and skills development programs.
ICE's Screen program focuses on professional development for emerging and established Western Sydney filmmakers and video artists. The activities include specialised training, mentorship, networking events, and production and presentation of new work.
This program works specifically with Western Sydney refugee and migrant communities and includes the Family Creative Hub and Multicultural Women's Hub. The Family Creative Hub is a free creative program aimed at preschool children living in and around Parramatta. The Multicultural Women's Hub is a free program aimed at multicultural women and aims to empower women to gain financial independence and confidence through enterprise and employment.
ICE facilitates and produces creative development and training programs for People With Disability (PWD) that place experimentation, technology and innovation at their core. Working with artists, stakeholders and service providers the program responds directly to enunciated need and aspiration.
ICE develops and delivers creative and professional development activities and projects that engage and train emerging artists and community engaged cultural practitioners from Western Sydney. Working within culturally sensitive frameworks and delivery models, the program responds directly to community and sector needs.