Established in 1984, I.C.E. is a community-based contemporary arts organisation working with emerging and under-represented Western Sydney communities, artists and creative producers. We engage artists of various disciplines to work with communities to address identified needs, build community capacity and enhance cultural vibrancy.
I.C.E.’s artistic practices transform and enrich Australian cultures by creating quality, locally made art that resonates globally.
I.C.E. began by running mobile information services to local communities. We shifted focus in 1993, initiating Community Cultural Development programs that engaged culturally diverse communities in art activities and ensured access to information and technology. In the late 1990s, responding to community demand for projects engaging with technology, our focus sharpened to encompass the nexus between arts, technology and cultural engagement, and we widened our community reach and creative pathways across Western Sydney.
Critical to our development and impact was the establishment of our Parramatta digital arts facility. Operating since 2010, this facility has enabled I.C.E. to deliver creative production, training and professional development programs to Western Sydney communities, creatives and cultural enterprises; and deliver professional development and employment pathways for emerging artists and cultural workers.
I.C.E. continues to work directly with Western Sydney communities and community-focused artists to generate cultural engagement and activity; and has been responsible for the production and presentation of hundreds of community-based projects. As well as working locally and regionally (across 14 Local Government Areas), we have developed a host of national and international creative projects and partnerships.
I.C.E. Annual Report 2020
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