East Kalgoorlie Primary School Students Get Creative in AWESOME Arts Creative Challenge

AWESOME Arts | 17-Oct-2018
East Kalgoorlie Primary School students had the opportunity to work with professional artists Hannan Jones and April Phillips earlier this year in the AWESOME Arts Creative Challenge program. Students worked hard to produce their own unique artworks through process driven workshops with Hannan and April. At the end of the 2 week residency the works were unveiled for parents and community members to enjoy as part of the communities NAIDOC celebrations.
The AWESOME Arts 2018 Creative Challenge took place in Kalgoorlie last term with new arts project, Different Voices'. The program is designed for remote and regional schools and is presented in partnership with BHP promoting the valuable educational work that happens in some of WA's most remote and regional communities.

Over two weeks, the young people at East Kalgoorlie Primary School worked with artists-in-residence April Phillips and Hannan Jones to explore the theme Different Voices' and what it means to them in their community. The artwork is created and driven by the students and through this process could take shape as a book, photographs, pictures, videos, films or an online or digital medium and is entirely inspired by the culture, community, experiences and aspirations of the students creating it. April said about the residency, we had great fun spending time in the community and supporting students to explore a wide range of materials and processes in new and playful ways.'

The student's final artworks were unveiled at a community celebration at the end of the residency which coincided with the communities NAIDOC celebrations. Parents, teachers and community members were all invited to enjoy workshops and view the students art works!

AWESOME and the Creative Challenge Team are also excited that BHP, are back on board for another year as a proud supporter of the Creative Challenge program. They are instrumental in providing the opportunity for WA children to express themselves creatively. BHP Manager Community, Chris Cottier says, BHP is proud to support the 2018 Creative Challenge program as part of the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things. 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'

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 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. Our highly-experienced team of artists specialise in facilitating skills-focused, process driven workshops.

In 2018 AWESOME has a team of forty artists from all over Australia including film makers, visual artists, sound designers, musicians, new media artists, dancers, photographers and theatre performers. 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 28 Sept-12 Oct.

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