Sunday, December 6, 2009
All in all the community workshops were very successful, considering past experience the level of community participation was relatively good. Several groups of committed youth regularly came along to the workshops as well as the those that dropped in for a look and stayed to produce some drawings and contribute ideas. All that attended added their thoughts on what should be included and what was important. Here are a small selection of images of those that participated.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Whilst participation in the design workshops has been predominately by youth, a small number of adults have contributed to the content of the mural through their comments and suggestions. It's unfortunate that the project has been generally perceived to be youth orientated, that's not a bad thing, in fact the level of youth support has been very encouraging and I suspect that as the painting of the mural progresses more youth and adults will continue to add content and scope to its development.
The natural environment featured strongly throughout the images generated with suggestions for mural content including:
- Images of plants to reflect the street naming within Carcoola (all streets are named after Australian plants/trees.
- Feminine and masculine qualities that could be depicted through colour and image, for example sports.
- Bright and colourful, images that evoke qualities of the bush and farmland around Carcoola (the location of Carcoola is essentially surrounded by cattle farmland.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sure..........they are a captive audience......in school and on their best behaviour, however in my experience with them they have all shown respect and enthusiasm for the project. Quite frankly, the students generally seem delighted to be involved and keen as mustard to "actually" do some painting on the walls of the underpass. Unfortunately, only students from years 4-7 will be able to participate in the painting and only in groups of 4 or 5 at a time.
It has been very interesting to see the imagery that is produced when the students have been asked to draw or write something which they regard as special. Some of the younger students have drawn drag cars, people playing cricket whilst others have chosen to write poems or produce quite detailed drawings of the Carcoola environment.
Next week I'll return to collect all the completed images and text, I'll post a selection of the work soon. Until then check out some photos of the student workshops.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Please watch this space..........an exciting community art project taking place at Nth Pinjarra. Nth Pinjarra is also known as Carcoola a Nyungar name meaning "Place of many trees".
The project is a grass roots initiative, developed, designed and managed by the local Nth Pinjarra Progress Assoc and has been funded by the following:
- Community Arts Network WA
- Alcoa World Alumina Australia
- Shire of Murray
The location of Nth Pinjarra is peculiar within the greater Peel region and has the unique history of being originally established in the early 1970’s as the housing estate for a new and emerging mining community employed by alumina producer Alcoa World Alumina Australia. Interestingly, in 2009 with a population of between 1300 and 1500, Nth Pinjarra finds itself situated in a precarious geographical void of being “too close to existing urban infrastructure to develop autonomy of identity and yet not close enough for inclusion and a sense of belonging”. The historical town of Pinjarra is located 4 kilometres to the south.
The project is aimed at engaging local youth in its design, development and making. The emphasis upon youth participation in all aspects of the project is significant in light of the semi isolated nature of the community and the detrimental implications of alienation, be it social, geographical or economical. Through the medium of a community mural, the project seeks to provide community members with an exceptional and creative opportunity to explore and express their cultural identity, and through their actions achieve an enhanced sense of community ownership and pride.
All interested community members and school students will be encouraged to participate in the painting process. The mural will be painted with a combination of traditional mural paints and high quality modern urban art materials, and will be treated with an anti graffiti coating upon completion.