Drug Aware Blooming Wild Youth Arts Camp and Exhibition
Northcliffe local Amara Sinclair-Hill, with support from Southern Forest Arts, ensured that young girls from the region had an opportunity to be creatively involved in the annual Blooming Wild wildflower festival. Young girls from Walpole, Pemberton, Nannup, Bridgetown, Greenbushes, Busselton, and Dumbleyung were invited to participate in two art camps in September 2015.
Professional local artist Fiona Sinclair ran drawing workshops focused on native wildflowers and the ‘Zentangle’ style. After practising this new style, the girls developed designs for a colouring-in competition that was used throughout Northcliffe and the surrounding communities to promote the Blooming Wild festival.
Large banner designs were also created collaboratively, with different Zentangle drawings intertwined. The banners were then professionally printed and displayed in the community streets to promote the Blooming Wild festival. This gave the young participants a great sense of pride and also inclusion and ownership in the annual event.
Works created at the camp were also collected for an exhibition at the local Northcliffe gallery, The Painted Tree.
Project Name: Drug Aware Blooming Wild Youth Arts Camp and Exhibition
Auspice organisation: Southern Forest Arts
Amount approved: $4,000
Funding program: Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Region: South West
“[it was a] fun chance for girls to get together and be creative. We made some new friends. It was also a good chance to raise awareness of our local wildflowers and the Blooming Wild Festival through the banners and colouring in competition. We also got to show how creative young girls can be, and how good their drawings are.” Amara Sinclair-Hill, 12.