YCulture Metro 2014 Projects

Swan Groove

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 screen printing workshops on the event night and in the weeks leading up, as well as temporary tattoos stations, and learning healthy pizza cooking skills.

“The bands had the opportunity to showcase their talents to the broader community in various forms including vocal and instrumental, which they would not get the chance to do otherwise. This reinforces to the community a positive and creative image of the Shire of Mundaring's young people and encourages people to see young people's participation as both meaningful and productive.”  - Swan Groove Team. 

Auspice Organisation: Parkerville Children and Youth

Just a zine-age dirtbag (baby) 

Paper Mountain | $3000

Organised by Paper Mountain, the artist run initiative located in Northbridge, a zine-making workshop was held in their Common Room creative co-working space during National Youth Week 2014. Aimed at young and emerging artists, the workshop allowed participants to learn how to create their own self-published work of texts and images with an introduction to the history of zine-making, brainstorming exercises, and hands-on activities to create their own zine. The published zines were then showcased during an exhibition open to the public. 

“The feedback from the workshop participants and visitors to the exhibition was universally positive and we were pleased with the energy and enthusiasm of all who attended. Some participants developed ongoing relationships as a result of the project. ” - Paper Mountain Team

"A completely new thing for me and so fun and inspiring. I literally knew nothing about reading, writing and making zines (before today). It was so brilliant. Thanks so much!"  -Project participant, 21 years

Auspice Organisation: Artsource

What genre is it anyway?

Soundlab Music Group | $2950

An all ages live music event, this project was aimed at under 18's and young musicians living in the City of Gosnells area. Along with organising the music event, the SoundLab Music Group also organised workshops to be held before the performance day to give musicians the opportunity to develop their performance skills with mentorship in song writing, basic recording techniques, and live sound advice. 

The project went well. The workshops were very informative and the knowlege passed on in the workshops was visible in all of the bands with the performance at the end." - Jayden French, 18 years - Project Organiser

We enjoyed the planning and running of this performance and will be planning to another one in the foreseeable future!”  - SoundLab Music Group

Auspice Organisation: City of Gosnells

Status Room

Daisy Sanders and Shuling Wong | $3000 

A full-length devised dance theatre production, Status Room was an investigation into identity with the central theme of personal exposure. Presented as part of The Blue Room Theatre's 2014 Season Two, Daisy and Shuling undertook a two week residency in September 2014 working with established dance artist, improviser, choreographer, and published writer Jo Pollitt. Daisy and Shuling also facilitated workshops with students at the Irene McCormack Catholic College passing on the dance and creative methods, skills and knowledge they had developed during the residency and devising of their own work.

"I enjoyed the project because it brought me out of my comfort zone more and pushed me to try new things. The project was a really big eye opener." - Project Participant, 15 years.

"The creative growth we experienced working closely together and especially working with Jo Pollitt were the major highlights of the project. It was an absolute privilege to have Jo's professional expertise in our creative process and also in making decisions as we came to constructing the piece." - Daisy & Shuling - Project Organisers

Auspice Organisation: The Blue Room Theatre

Lineage Stories

Emma Fishwick & Emily Bowman | $3000

Lineage Stories was driven towards expanding young dancer’s written voices, through following the lineage of their written practice, as it merges/transforms into studio dance practice. Under the guidance of key artist Jo Pollitt, young emerging dancers and choreographers worked individually and together to build up a body of written material through a series of workshops. Participants then had time in a dance studio to workshop how their written work could initiate, shape and influence choreography and improvised processes. The project finished with a showing of the young people's work for selected peers to generate feedback and to give participants the chance to work in front of an audience.

“Lineage Stories enabled participants and myself, to engage with various areas of our practice in a collective based environment. Enabling a sustainable dialogue between written word and dance, the project will enrich the participants practices, for years to come. The opportunity to engage and support young artists through holding these workshops, providing the chance to working alongside experienced artists Jo Pollitt, was incredibly exciting.” - Emma & Emily, Project Organisers

“This was a really excellent chance to maintain and challenge my own writing practice at my own pace.... The impact here for me was very high, I would very much like to do it all the time." - Project participant, 23 years

Auspice Organisation: Ausdance WA

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Eve Newton-Johnson | $3000 

Everything's Coming Up Roses, presented as part of the Fringe World 2015 Festival, was a contemporary dance piece that explored the differences between outer persona and what we're really thinking/feeling. Four young emerging dancers took part in this project as both performers and collaborative choreographers, learning skills throughout the development of the work in 'technique and performance', and 'the choreographic process'. With mentorship from local dancer Isabella Stone, participants were provided the opportunity to practice their skills as dancers and choreographers, with other young participants also involved in the production and technical roles of the performance.  

Auspice Organisation: Ausdance WA

Said Poets Society

Matt Norman and Ben Fincham-De Groot | $1485  

Engaging with students from Trinity College and Applecross Senior High School, with a series of four 50-minute sessions (per school), Said Poets Society involved the organising and facilitating of social change focused performance poetry workshops. Aimed at Year 10 -12 students interested in University pathway English or Drama, students explore the importance of words and art over the way we think and act. Participants developed skills in poetry and public speaking, leading to a poetry slam session at the end of the workshops. Prior to the school workshops, the Said Poets team were mentored by local poets, educators and performers to develop their own skills as young poets and education facilitators.

Auspice Organisation: WA Poets Inc.

Clair de Lune 

Eleisse Crouch and Aiden Foster | $3000

Claire de Lune, was the product of a creative journey between the young dancers of Youth Ballet WA and contracted choreographer Liam Blair. With experience dancing professionally in Europe, Liam's workshops broadened the technique and strength of contemporary dance for the young dancers involved. Focusing on the European influence in choreography, participants explored unfamiliar and challenging material as they prepared for a final performance to showcase the skills learnt during the workshops.

Auspice Organisation: Youth Ballet WA

Deadline - Blacklist

Megan Riley and Caitlin Kirk | $3000

Deadline was created to give artists with a lack of deadlines, the motivation and skills to hit those deadlines! Targeted at emerging artists (or artists that can only practice in their spare time) this project involved regular artists talks and workshops with guest speakers including local creatives, artists, and arts managers who have experience working in the industry. The workshops are aimed at facilitating skill development and business skills in an innovative and enjoyable manner that will encourage young artists to manage their time better and increase their productivity. Young artists were then asked to create pieces inspired by the concept of darkness to be exhibited in an exhibition held at the Dark Zone in Northbridge, in complete darkness, to coincide with Earth Hour. 

Auspice Organisation: Artsource


Emma Fishwick and Ella-Rose Trew | $3000  

Accepted into the Next wave Festival's highly competitive Kickstart program, Drug Aware YCulture Metro funded the first stage of microlandscapes.1, a project that will see the creation of a contemporary dance performance within an installation made of text, sculpture, sound and video formed from the development period. With a three week intensive period at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Emma and Ella-Rose will work alongside mentors Kynan Tan and Aimee Smith learning choreographic repertoire and exploration into audience involvement in installation based performances. microlandscapes.1 will then see participants enter into a one month residency at CIA Studio's in West Perth, and a two week development in Melbourne, in preparation for the Kickstart presentation.

Auspice Organisation: Performing Lines WA


Isabella Stone | $3000  

Mouseprint, which means fine print or small print, is a new 45-minute contemporary dance work that will be showcased in the courtyard at the State Theatre Centre of WA in April 2015. Specifically exploring the idea of ‘fine print ’as it exists on a human level, this project will look at the concept in dance terms and how that resonates emotionally and physically. Mouseprint is in it's final stage of development with the young participants spending time to rehearse, remount, refine and edit the work before the premiere. With guidance from mentor Michael Whaites, Isabella and the young dancers will explore dance techniques and skills, as well as developing an effective means of communication with sound and lighting designers and technicians,

Auspice Organisation: Performing Lines WA

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