Youthful Colours of Life run through Narembeen

Youthful Colours of Life run through Narembeen

Jon Solmundson

There’s few things more vital to the career of emerging artists than a solid bit of mentoring from established creatives, and that’s precisely what two young arts workers in Narembeen have organised for the youth in their community.

Project Coordinators Lucy Currie and Sari Cusack (Auspiced by the Narembeen Community Resource Centre) were recently successful with their Drug Aware YCulture Regional application to run the Colours of Life by Drug Aware project, which will provide an opportunity for Narembeen youth to participate in a series of workshops with local artists Alli Butler, Nicholas Flanagan, De Strange and Margaret Teasdale.

Drug Aware YCulture youth coordinators Lucy Currie and Sari Cusack. Picture courtesy of Narembeen Community Resource Centre.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional supports regional youth (aged 12 – 26) to create and run arts projects in their community, develop skills and gain experience in their chosen creative field. The program provides an opportunity for these emerging artists and arts workers to drive the project from application through to acquittal, giving them a hands-on understanding of how to administer their own arts applications and projects in future.

Colours of Life by Drug Aware will feature a variety of artforms including photography, videography and watercolour painting. Participants will be able to learn a wide range of different skills and undertake creative development with these established local artists. Workshop activities will include composition and editing skills for both photo and video mediums, acting and script writing. All four artists will attend the art exhibition as guest speakers and share their experiences. The artwork that is created during the workshops will be showcased in an exhibition for families, friends, and the wider community.

“It is such an honour to be planning and delivering the YCulture project in Narembeen. I have participated in a lot of the Narembeen CRC events so helping plan this event is such a privilege. Watching this event unfold will be so exciting to think I have helped to make this event happen… It is awesome to have these wonderful artists from neighbouring towns. I have seen or heard about all of these artists and their work is truly amazing, and I am sure it will be a pleasure to work with them. I love this project idea and think it is a fantastic opportunity for the kids of Narembeen to experience new things.”

– Lucy Currie, Project Coordinator

For Project Coordinators Lucy and Sari this will be their first time coordinating an event, where they will be working very closely with the Narembeen Community Resource Centre Coordinator Vanessa Wittstock with the delivery of the workshops and art exhibition. The Project Coordinators will learn a variety of new skills in project coordination, marketing, distributing posters and flyers, and assisting with the set up and pack up of the art exhibition.

“What I love about being able to be part of this project is experiencing what it’s like to be an event organizer or project planner. I think it would be a great opportunity for any kid to do. I also love the fact that the project we’re working on is the three art workshops and the art exhibition. I think many kids will want to do this. That’s why I like it because I’m part of a project everyone wants to be a part of.”

– Sari Cusack, Project Coordinator

Videography workshops will be held on 30 August, Photography on 2 and 9 September, and Watercolour Painting on 9 September – all at the Narembeen CRC. For more information contact on the CRC on 9064 7055 – bookings are essential. The exhibition of youth work will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday 16 September.


Looking to run your own youth arts workshop? Drug Aware YCulture Regional is open to regional people aged 12-26 for skills development across any artform.

This program is supported by the Drug Aware message: Look after your friends! Find out how at www.drugaware.com.au.

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