Local youth to express themselves with street art

STREET ART: BP Australia community affairs advisor Renee Preece presented $2000 to Port Lincoln City Council chief executive officer Rob Donaldson and Community House manager Linda Davies.COMMUNITY House, the Port Lincoln City Council and SA Police are working on a street art project for Port Lincoln to showcase young local talent.
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The council received $2000 from BP Australia for the project last week, and in collaboration with Community House and police as part of its public art policy the council is planning to create two murals at Dickinson Park and Whait Reserve, two prime target areas for vandalism the council is upgrading.

The council’s community planning officer Janet Grocke said the project would get youth involved in art in a constructive way.

The council hopes to involve as many local youth as possible in the painting of the two chosen designs.

She said the project would help develop skills and mentor several talented youth to form a local team that would manage future projects.

“The aim is to give youth the chance to express their ideas and talents, provide educational opportunities for the youth, and to allow a melding of cultures through collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous participants.

“The backgrounds of these youth will be diverse with minor offenders, disengaged youth and art students being involved in a number of workshops with local artist Seb Humphreys, a recognised steel artist.

“Several technique and design workshops will be held to pass on these skills, and from these workshops several youth will be selected to participate in a master class to hone specific skills.

“Design ideas will be developed in both the workshops and master class.”

The designs will then go to the council for approval.

The project is planned to start in early 2014, so schools can participate, and will be split into two stages – workshops, design and mentoring, and the painting of the designs.

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