Targeted young creatives | Blue Mountains Gazette



Young mountain creatives are invited to participate in a new series of workshops aimed at putting them in touch with artists from across the region.

Local street artist Nastia Gladushchenko: Helping young people connect with their creativity.

Open sessions will give participants the chance to explore a range of artistic and media processes in a series of free workshops and at the same time engage in conversations with practicing artists. These sessions allow young creatives to work on existing projects, create new ones or acquire new skills in an inspiring and encouraging environment.

Upcoming sessions include visits from artists such as Genevieve Clay-Smith, an award-winning filmmaker who champions diversity and inclusiveness, and Jeff McCann, a Sydney-based artist, who works primarily with sustainable and second-hand materials. and created portable works of art. for Haiku Hands, Montaigne and Thelma Plum.

The Thursday June 3 session will feature local street artist Nastia Gladushchenko and paper artist Claire Cassidy from Studio Flos.

Gladushchenko said workshops like this are an important way to help young people feel connected to their creativity.

“Creating and learning in this informal way gives them the space and time to experiment, explore their creativity and take up the act of playing again.

“I aim to foster a sense of belonging and connection with the natural environment through my work and the botanical themes that I address, so the open session that I will lead will build on that,” she said. declared.

The Blue Mountains Cultural Center is operating Open sessions free for an inclusive artistic experience for young people aged 13 to 18.

The centre’s arts program manager, Diana Robson, said: “The Cultural Center has identified a lack of creative outlets for young adults in the region. It’s our way of connecting them with other young creatives and inspiring them to continue their creative journeys.

“These sessions are meant to be about fun and freedom, creating whatever they want, exploring new mediums and being mentored by amazing artists.

All dates for upcoming sessions and participating artists can be found on Eventbrite. Reservations are essential to avoid disappointment as sessions are limited to 20 people.



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