Over an epic 8 week journey in partnership with Byron Youth Service In.scribe Youth Arts unleashed its first ever All Girlz Project. A group of 10 young people aged 12-15 years developed themselves and their creativity, worked collaboratively and explored their imaginations, Over the 8 weekly sessions and 2 weekend workshops the participants explored art journaling, worked together to create a collaborative mandala, designed and created mandala stencils, studied inspiring female street artists, engaged in creative art games and team building activities and worked with each other to design and paint two street art installs.
The project was commissioned and supported by Byron Shire Council and Suffolk Park Community Association for Suffolk Park Skate Park. in partnership with Byron Youth Service. The final artwork was launched in a community arts events celebrating the new community art work and the successes of the young people completing the program and projects.
<In.scribe> All Girlz Art Mentoring Project // Byron Youth Service
Over the dry session of 2016 the In.scribe project worked with 100 members of the remote community of Alpurrurulam to develop a 150sqm mural on the community new laundromat. Through developing and delivering community art workshops with women's groups, youth groups and the school designs and artworks were created incorporating bush-tucker, traditional flora and fauna and animals including the local totem the bat in the design as well as health messaging was painted inside and outside of the laundromat. The project was supported by project partners PHN Northern Territory, Rainbow Gateway, Traditional Custodians, Alpurrurulam Clinic, Barkly Regional Council, Anglicare and the Alpurrurulam School.
Participants in workshops expressed enjoying being part of the process, a feeling of surprise that they could achieve such a large artwork together, that the project had been a good opportunity to develop their skills and appreciation in seeing so many people involved in the work and enthusiasm to develop further their skills.
The community responded positively to the artwork, delighting in how it "brightens up town" and enjoying seeing everyone working together on it. Community members expressed how important it is for the kids to have their artwork on it as they will be able to see it when they get older.
Stakeholders said that they were amazed at how much work got done, that the laundromat is like a beacon of light in town, that the murals put Alpurrurulam on the map. There is also talk of further mural projects being activated in the community and the women's group has been approached by a service provider in town to create a mural for them. This was a really positive outcome for the women involved to be recognised for their work.