Youth Week - 13 to 20 April 2019

As part of this years Youth Week, Leederville’s art map is about to change thanks to the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), the peak body for youth affairs and an independent and active advocate for the non-government youth sector and young people in Western Australia.

With their premises located on Oxford Street and with a blank wall just begging to have something put on it, YACWA will be hosting an inclusive arts and culture event on Thursday, 18 April from 12.00pm – 5.00pm.

“The artwork is inspired by the Youth Week theme ‘Nurture the Now,’ which can be interpreted in many different ways but is mainly about young people focusing on the present and making sure that they are looking after themselves,” explains Mika Bazeley, YACWA’s WA Youth Week Project Officer.

“As a young person, it can be challenging when faced with pressures from different aspects of your life, which is why it is important that we have events such as this to provide an opportunity for young people to be able to engage with the arts in a meaningful way that improves their wellbeing. It is important that we celebrate the contribution that they make to the Perth community, which we want to capture by creating a collaborative, public art piece that reflects this.”

The public art piece activity will be guided by Kamsani Bin Salleh, who is the 2018 Young Person of the Year. Kam, an emerging young Aboriginal artist is known for his intricate designs and reflecting the beauty of the natural world, which he has incorporated into the design that will be built on by young people participating on the day of the event.

2018 Young Person of the Year, Kam at the WA Youth Awards.

“Participants will be provided with paint markers to be able to draw their own designs or patterns. It’s important that we get as many young people involved, as we want this artwork to reflect the incredible contribution that they make in our community,” said Mika. The design will be painted across five panels, which will be mounted beside each other to create one piece of art.

“This event is an opportunity for young people to celebrate and express themselves through arts and cultural activities, and to also engage with local youth initiatives that they may be unaware but can provide them with support or help them build their knowledge in a meaningful way.”

“Leederville is such a young area, you have the TAFE and Foyer Oxford and YACWA, it’s a perfect place for young people to meet and come together on the day."

The artwork will be developed and then mounted to the side of the Foyer Oxford building in Leederville.

There will also be performances from Perth’s young artists along with stalls and activities run BY young people FOR young people. A free lunch will also be provided between 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

The event will be held on Thursday, 18 April from 12.00pm – 5.00pm, in the School of Isolated and Distance Education car park located at 196 Oxford Street in Leederville.

This event is supported by the Department of Communities.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Mika (WA Youth Project Officer) by email mika@yacwa.org.au or call the YACWA office at (08) 9227 5440.

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