About Front Up 

Front Up is the first disability-led Arts and Cultural program and community Hub of its kind based in Seven Hills, Western Sydney. This is an exciting new initiative that has been created by leading not for profit organisation Ability Options.

Ability Options was founded in 1976 and today is an approved National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider that supports people through in home and every day activities, in the community, with work experience, employment and specialist allied health. Their services support people with disabilities and those whose lives are changed as a result of accidents and unemployment.

In 2015 Ability Options expressed a need to incorporate a Cultural, Community and Arts Development Program in memory of their founder Mr. Greg McIntyre (OAM) and has committed to a 10 year funding plan for Front Up.

Front Up offers participant’s access to a multi layered level of professional arts and cultural education and services that link into existing NSW Government education programs. Front Up is also a collaboration with Western Sydney’s diverse cultural and arts communities and leading peak bodies.

There will be three core Front Up programs offered:

  • Explore
  • Discover
  • Emerge
These three collaborative programs aim to promote artistic vibrancy and social inclusion by inspiring interest in the arts and culture sector and developing creative skill sets.

The expected outcomes for participants will be to build their confidence and self-esteem, which will in-turn assist them to find pathways to access communities, further education, future employment, and volunteer opportunities.

The Discover and Emerge programs are directly linked with NSW Government’s Cultural and Arts Access and education programs with the Art Gallery of NSW, working collaboratively with the Front Up professional artists and staff in 6 -12 week programs.

Participants will process their cultural and art creative exchange, leading towards significant exhibitions, performances, films, and events. 

The Front Up Hub will also have a cafe theatre space, an open plan performance space, gallery and multimedia space, including audio and visual studios.