Gatherings is an Aboriginal youth artist development program delivered by M16 Artspace. The young artists featured bring a unique creative identity leading to a rich and dynamic exhibition of work.
As participants in the Gatherings program, these young people will become gatherers of knowledge about the place where they live, its people and its stories.
With a mixture of field trips on Country and sessions with amazing local artists the project aims to stimulate, nurture and support students in growing their arts practice. They will be co-creators, shaping the project from documentation through to exhibition. They will learn, develop and grow their artistic capital to new heights and possibilities. Their work spans photography, costume design, sculpture and painting.
As part of the community outreach Arts Funding, M16Artspace has put together a program for aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists. Up to 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from years 11 and 12 will be selected to participate in the program throughout 2019. The 12 Indigenous students with an interest in becoming professional artists will be selected through a call out process from schools and CIT.
The activity invests in long-term relationship building with these young people and creates opportunities to strengthen bonds with like-minded others. They will come together under the guidance, support and resourcing from M16Artspace.
Students will be immersed in a safe and respectful environment offering innovative, diverse arts experiences throughout 2019. They will be mentored by a range of artists, including a number from M16Artspace, across a range of artistic disciplines from street art to sculpture.
We aim to stimulate, nurture and support students in growing their arts practice. They will be co-creators shaping the project from documentation through to exhibition. They will learn, develop and grow their artistic capital, through listening and doing. Working individually and collaboratively they will build art skills and grow knowledge, initiating trust pathways and building confidence over the long haul.
They will access unparalleled mentorship opportunities from some of Australia’s most well-known and exhibited Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists including Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Byrd and Hanna Hoyne. On the way, these young artists will gather information, support and stimuli from various sources. Experiences will range from sharing the stories of community Elders and Indigenous artists to gaining insights on techniques used across artistic mediums, including photography, painting, objects and sculpture. As well as weekly out-of-school, creative stimulus sessions, including at M16Artspace studios, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in an Artists Camp on country.
As participants, these young people will become gatherers of knowledge about the place where they live, its people and its stories. Their exposure to some of the best artistic talent in this country will expand their artistic horizons to the possibilities of art as a vehicle for transforming lives.
The program will consist of after school time slots in studios as well as a variety of weekends throughout the year for tours and field trips. The tours will take place at the National Gallery of Australia and the National portrait gallery and the field trips will be guided in different culturally significant locations around Canberra as well as an overnight camp during school holidays.
Please pass on any expression of interest to the contact below.
Project coordinator: Jackson Taylor-Grant