Hedland Students in the Picture

Published by: Miranda Stephens | 10-Dec-2019
Kicking off an exciting year of Creative Challenge, students at Hedland Senior High School explored photography and visual arts with professional Perth-based artists Martine Perret and Matt McVeigh.
The AWESOME Arts 2019 Creative Challenge held its first residency at Hedland Senior High School 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.

Over the last two weeks of term two the Specialty Arts Program students at Hedland Senior worked with professional visual artists Matt McVeigh and Photographer Martine Perret to investigate narrative creation through photography. Exploring the 2019 theme, students looked at how our differences bring us together to make us all 'Shine'! During the first week students were introduced to photography processes including basic camera functions, shot composition and creative shooting techniques. Carrying this on through the second week the students edited their images using multimedia programs as well as analogue collage and drawing to create interesting affects. Exploring texture painting techniques were with superimposed with the photography to great success. The groups final artwork was displayed for the community during the annual 'Hedland Arts Showcase' at the Matt Dunn Theatre during the last week of the residency.

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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