Hatch Art Program

Sunnyfield’s Hatch program provides unparalleled, innovative access to the arts. Hatch provides a unique opportunity for people with disability to express themselves through art and culture.

The Hatch program supports professional and emerging artists to develop their skills through the facilitation of workshops for people with disability. All participants undergo theory and practical workshops covering topics such as person-centred practices and disability rights to support people in the artistic process.

Sunnyfield’s Hatch program has generated several amazing community outcomes including public exhibitions  and through the Hatch Mentor Program, successfully employed paid artists who have gone on to gain further employment opportunities.

Sunnyfield’s latest Hatch project –  Momentum

Momentum is a unique engagement project between the Art Gallery of NSW and Sunnyfield, funded by Arts NSW and Parramatta Council.

In this project, 12 emerging artists from Western Sydney with  disability responded to art in the contemporary galleries, focusing on works by Michael Landy, Daniel von Sturmer and Paul Chan in the John Kaldor Family Gallery.

The group collaborated with professional artists and were mentored throughout the process by Hatch facilitators and staff from Sunnyfield and the NSW Art Gallery. The resulting performance installations are collaborative works that are driven by each individual and their personal responses to the art.

Momentum was part of the NSW Art Gallery’s celebrations for the International Day of People with Disability and will also feature in the Parramatta Lanes Festival.

Western Sydney Arts Initiative

The Western Sydney Arts Initiative is an arts project that promotes the inclusion and achievements of people with disability within the Arts sector. The project focused on 12 Sunnyfield clients who have worked over 12 weeks with three professional mentor artists to create an installation piece that celebrates their individual and collective talents and culminated in a public outcome at The Joan Theatre, Penrith on the 15 June 2016, with the entire process documented for broadcast . View the latest video below.