Looking for inspiration for your next project? Check out some of the past funded projects from the Drug Aware YCulture Metro program.


SWAN GROOVE (2013)

SWAN VIEW YOUTH CENTRE  |  $3000

The Swan View Youth Centre organised an underage music festival, which provided the opportunity for six local bands in the Shire of Mundaring to showcase their talents to a live audience. Young people were also given the opportunity to get creative through urban art workshops on the event night and in the weeks leading up, as well as temporary tattoos stations, and learning healthy pizza cooking skills.

“The positive contribution that the local young people make to their community was acknowledged and celebrated in a number of ways.  The artistic and musical talent was very evident at this event and in the lead up to the event at the band practice and the spray painting workshop.  The young people were very proud to have their work on display from the workshop at the event.”  - Swan Groove Team. 

Auspice Organisation: Parkerville Children and Youth


THE PERTHUME PROJECT (2013)

OLIVIA O'DONNELL AND GRACE GAMAGE  |  $3000

An interactive performance installation, artists Olivia and Grace took participants on a tour of the City of Perth to gather plant matter used to distil a range of perfumes. An ephemeral performance work took place in a vacant Northbridge lot celebrating Perth’s DIY arts and music scene, concluding with a pop up Perthume Counter, where members of the public were invited to sniff and sample the various Perthumes. 

“All collaborators of the project were successful and we particularly enjoyed working with our peers and being able to pay them for their creative input. We were very happy in being fully supported to make work in public places that would otherwise be difficult for us to secure. We have looked forward to working in vacant blocks and public spaces for a long time and it was very fulfilling to accomplish this.” - Perthume Project artists, Grace & Olivia

"It was sick…  being a part of the performance in Northbridge was strange, I really enjoyed it. That kind of event doesn’t happen enough in Perth. I visited the laboratory where the girls made the smells and it looked great. I loved all that alchemy fun stuff. Make something again soon!"  -Stuart Holmes, 22 yrs, project participant

Auspice Organisation: Gogo Creative Learning


IN SHORT (2013)

UNKEMPT DANCE  |  $3000

Producing a season of new short contemporary dance works by emerging Perth choreographers, Unkempt Dance engaged professional mentors to meet one on one with 8 selected young artist. Throughout the process the mentors guided them through the process of choreographing and directing a new dance work ready for public performance as part of STRUT Dance’s Eyes Wide festival. The dancers also held a panel information session for dance students at WAAPA about how to enter the industry.

“I think this project is an incredibly important and necessary platform for independent performers/creators in Perth. The Unkempt girls are incredibly generous for producing this project and it is definitely helping shape the current emerging independent Perth scene.” - Emma Fishwick, 25 yrs, participant

“I had a great time. I love the sense of community that In Short brings out in our generation of the independent dance scene. I think as well as the opportunity to perform and choreograph, the production decisions and teaching of warm up classes are very valuable skills to obtain. I was really impressed with the organisation of the whole project, from the first meeting to these final debrief questions. You guys are a wonderful group to work for and with. I will definitely be involved again in the future.” - Ella-Rose Trew, 25 yrs, participant

Auspice Organisation: STRUT Dance


DEAR DEATH (2013)

RYAN LEWIS AND CAITLIN GILMOUR  |  $3000 

A one-act comedy/drama play about the tasks undertaken by Death and exploring terminal illness. This play was written, directed, produced and performed by young people – all developing their skills in theatre production. The play was premiered at Fringe World 2014, performed at the Black Flamingo tent, showcasing the local theatre talent in Western Australia.

Auspice Organisation: Happy Dagger Theatre Ltd


EGG TV (2013)

MATT AITKEN AND JOSEPH WALSH |  $3000 

EGG TV saw a local music and arts online tv show developed, shot, edited and distributed by young people in perth. Each of the ten minute episodes of the six part series consisted of interviews with local musicians and touring acts, vox pops, live gig experts and other local music and culture related content. All of the episodes produced were produced, filmed and edited by the young crew and released monthly through social media and online avenues. 

Auspice Organisation: Love Is My Velocity


PANDORA, WITH LOVE? (2013)

HYBRID SOUL  |  $3000  

Pandora, With Love?, presented as part of the Fringe Wold 2014 festival, offered an exciting new devised contemporary theatre piece with multimedia, movement and text components.  A contemporary adaptation of the traditional Greek myth, Pandora, with Love? was the first in a series of classical stories that Hybrid Soul will present to Perth audiences in the coming years. The young people involved developed skills in performance, devising, and multimedia techniques. 

Auspice Organisation: Happy Dagger Theatre Ltd


Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

CULTURAL STORIES MADE INTO CONTEMPORARY CREATIONS (2013)

LUCY MILLS AND SHARMA HAMILTON  |  $3000

The project gave young Aboriginal people the opportunity to work with local Aboriginal artists and elders to translate local Aboriginal stories into a contemporary artistic design. This design then become a public piece of art which is now a permanently feature at the front of AHCWA's new office on Beaufort St, Mt Lawley.

“It was great to see these young artists being supported during their studies to be a part of a real-life art project. It is so fantastic to have their talents on display in the community! It would be great to have more opportunities like this to give young people the opportunity to gain some experience and to develop their skills within various creative fields.” - Alisha, 24 yrs, project participant

“It was great being involved in Youth Art Project. I am really happy with how the piece turned out! It is great that the piece is going to be there for years to come and it was a really good experience to learn about the process involved in making a public artwork.” Kobi, 17 yrs, project participant

Auspice Organisation: Aboriginal Health Council of WA


Perthume. Photo by Jessica Eucalyptus

Perthume. Photo by Jessica Eucalyptus

REDHEADS (2013)

EUTHALIA ENSEMBLE  |  $3000

A 50 minute contemporary devised theatre piece inspired by the German playwright Max Frisch’s work Biedermann und die Brandstifter, or Fire Raisers. RedHeads was an original work that was devised over a ten week period and presented for the students at Churchlands SHS and showcased at Fringe World 2014. Euthalia Ensemble is an emerging all-female theatre group based in Perth, Western Australia.

Auspice Organisation: Happy Dagger Theatre Ltd

In Short -Warm Up Class

In Short -Warm Up Class

MIND THE GAP (2013)

ASHLEIGH BERRY AND NICOLE WARD  |   $1360

An experimental dance project inspired by the notions of public space, personal space, and how they intersect within society. The young people involved explored public spaces and how they could be used when creating a short film. Two workshops were held were younger dancers had the opportunity to work with professionals in learning contemporary dance techniques, as well as filming and editing a short film.  A public showing was held for the short film and developed dance works. 

“Working in the public space proved to be high successful both artistically and logistically. The public spaces we chose tied together nicely for the final film, and the youth workshop was really intensive and focused on the participants, allowing them to work together in a structured environment and build young networks across different art forms…it was great to see them challenge themselves and each other”. - Ashleigh Berry and Nicole Ward, project Coordinators

Auspice Organisation: STRUT Dance