In a great sprit of collaboration and generosity artists got together with young people participating in the Messengers Program at Tuggeranong Arts Centre and painted skate boards to raise money for the program. The results are brilliant without exception in this truly fascinating exhibition that gives everyone licence to do something a bit different. Met some really great people at this opening last night who aren’t the usual crowd on Canberra’s opening circuit. Its a show that will surprise … and give you the warm and fuzzy feeling – and hey – we are not even taking the piss. Loved the way everyone modestly accepted praise for their work which is driven with pride, care and raw energy – really exciting. A few demons but no prima donnas here. But with Alex Asch and Mariana del Castillo, and mentors like Reid (above), working with the “kids” you are assured of some major successes !
Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s multiple award-winning Messengers Program has operated since 2000. The free program works with every ACT Government high school to promote youth resilience, personal development and creative expression. It includes workshops in art, drama, dance, film and writing, with participants working with artists, professional tutors and their peers to create work that is relevant to them.