Bungaree Students celebrate the big 50!

Miranda Stephens | 10-Dec-2019
The AWESOME Arts Rockingham Creative Challenge arrived at Bungree Primary School in October with much excitement. Students worked with artists-in-residence Hannan Jones and Kero O'Shea to celebrate their school community through the theme 'Shine'.
Bungaree Students celebrate the big 50!
Bungaree Students and Hannan Jones enjoying the residency. Image Credit: Kero O'Shea
The AWESOME Arts 2019 Creative Challenge visited Bungaree Primary School in Rockingham earlier this year with the arts project, 'Shine'. The program is designed for remote and regional schools and is presented in partnership with BHP promoting valuable educational initiatives in remote and regional communities.

Multi-disciplinary artist Hannan Jones and filmmaker Kero O'Shea spent a wonderful two weeks working with students at Bungaree Primary School to help them prepare for their schools 50th anniversary celebration. Focusing on documenting the legacy of the school, students engaged in creating posters, banners and a student produced documentary film about the celebration. Through which they explored storyboarding, filming techniques, stop motion and interviewing key teachers and community members.

The final film and artworks were showcased at the schools Anniversary Celebration to the delight of the community.

Creative Challenge is AWESOME's year-round regional program that visits predominantly regional and remote communities in Western Australia, as well as running some select metropolitan residencies. The theme 'Shine' celebrates the young people living in Western Australia, asking them to explore what makes them and their community unique. Each art work created is inspired by the culture, experiences and aspirations of the students making it, reflecting on their sense of identity, community and place. The highly-experienced team of artists specialise in facilitating skills-focused, process driven workshops.

AWESOME's Principal Partner BHP has been instrumental in supporting the program to take place in regional and remote communities within Western Australia. Their support of the program demonstrates their commitment to providing high quality learning opportunities through which WA children can express themselves creatively, and encourage the development of skills which can be utilised across the curriculum. Danielle Van Kampen from BHP explained, "BHP is proud to support the 2019 Creative Challenge program. We know that high quality education and development opportunities for children can have a big impact on their future, and this partnership will help young people learn, express themselves and appreciate others through art."

In 2019 AWESOME has a team of thirty-two artists from all over Australia on multimedia projects. Over the year AWESOME has visited 21 communities in Western Australia to work with the local schools and communities. Selected artworks and photographs were showcased at AWESOME's major annual event the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things held in the Perth Cultural Centre from 5-18 October.

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