2017 Media Releases

The Young Creators: local students curate professional art exhibition

10 January 2017

11 January to 11 February
10am - 5pm Wednesday to Friday, and 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday
The Concourse Art Space
409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood NSW

Five local high school students have curated their first professional art exhibition through a Willoughby Council initiative, The Young Creators. 
The exhibition Exploring Identity: Ned, Koala & Me features artworks by artists Rosie Deacon and Liam Benson celebrating and challenging notions of Australian identity. The exhibition will be on display from 11 January to 11 February 2017 at the Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood. 
This is the second year Council has run the successful student program, with this year’s participating students Rosie Adams, Patrick Howe, Andrew Jackson, Alexander McLarty and Natasha Seeto attending St Pius X and Mercy College in Chatswood.
Participating student Natasha Seeto of Mercy College valued her participation in the program and the incredible experience and exposure she gained through it.
“The Young Creators Program is a great and beneficial opportunity that opened my mind to the art world. Being able to visit an artist’s studio and interview artists was an amazing experience I am very grateful for.  I have learnt that creating art is only a small portion of the process, curating and exhibiting it is just as important and should be learnt by any artist,” said student Natasha Seeto.
“By experiencing different artists’ practices, setting up an exhibition space and collaborating ideas as a group, I feel I have a better understanding of how artists work,” she added. 
“This program is a fantastic opportunity for our talented young artists providing students with incredible industry exposure and experience. It’s is a great example of Council working collaboratively with local students, school and artists to create a learning opportunity that results in a wonderful exhibition for the entire community to enjoy,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.
As part of the curatorial process the students have also designed a program of workshops designed to engage, entertain and creatively inspire attendees of all ages to further experience the exhibition in a hands on way.


Workshop Program

Whatta-Hoot Candy-Suit Tutti-Fruit Costume Making

Explore materials, movement, craft, colour, party and performance by making your own wearable art piece, inspired by fruit, lollies and the art of Rosie Deacon. 

11am - 1pm, Friday 13 January
Age: 5 years +
Cost: $10 per person pay on arrival
Bookings essential

 Mask making - exploring identity 

 Join artist Liam Benson and The Young Creators in a colourful mask making workshop. 

10am12pm, Thursday 19 January 
Age: 10 years +
Cost: $10 per person pay on arrival
Bookings essential 
Magical Stick Creatures with Angela van Boxtel

 Create magical stick creatures with natural materials and scrap fabric & wool.

10am12pm, Saturday 21 January 
Age: 7 years to adult
Cost: $10 per person pay on arrival
Thoughts and Prayers – collaborative embroidered wreath

  A series of embroidery workshops where artist Liam Benson supports the communal creation of embroidered flowers for inclusion in a collaborative commemorative wreath.

10am – 12pm
Sunday 15, 22 and 29 January
All ages welcome
Cost: Free
Bookings essential 

Media Contact
Acting Marketing and Events Manager
Phone: 9777 7703
Mobile: 0455 061 700
Email: Samantha.Connor@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au 

For non media related enquiries contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au