Crown Resorts and Packer Family Foundations support arts education in Perth schools with AWESOME Arts’ Creative Challenge.
The 2018 Creative Challenge theme ‘Different Voices’ celebrates the young people living in Western Australia, asking them to explore their own voice and consider those voices around them. Each art work created is unique and inspired by the culture, experiences and aspirations of the students making it, reflecting on their sense of identity, community and place.
Artists Matt Aitken and Tess Darcey worked with students from Nollamara Primary School, while artists Nathan and Francis Hoyle worked with students from Coolbellup Primary School across 10 weekly sessions in term 3. Students were encouraged to explore the theme Different Voices and were guided through research, conceptual development and creation of individual and collaborative artworks, in a highly-tailored experience. The program is process-driven and artworks have developed into films, music, paintings, drawings, dance and performances.
Selected artworks from Nollamara and Coolbellup were showcased alongside student work from 22 regional and remote Creative Challenge schools at the AWESOME International Arts Festival For Bright Young Things at the beginning of October. Nollamara and Coolbellup students visited the festival during schools week at the start of term 4 to view their work and take part in a day full of workshops, shows and activities.
The Creative Challenge program aims to work with schools to provide a means of connecting cultures and breaking down language and social barriers. It can be a highly effective bridging tool in supporting a diverse cultural mix of students and helping them to express themselves.