April 03

DECK ART

Alice,  Reid and Reid's sought after board.

Alice, Reid and Reid’s much sought after board with rhinestones.

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.

Nathan and Zoe

Nathan and Zoe with Zoe’s amazing skateboard

Helen and Narelle with Helen's board

Helen and Narelle with Helen’s glorious board

Bryton and his brilliant board

Bryton and his brilliant board

Erin and her exquisite skate board

Erin and her superb board

Bernie Slater, Ham Darroch and Annika Harding

Bernie Slater, Ham Darroch and Annika Harding

Family photo: Tina, Liam (cute!) Gloria, Max and Bryton

Family photo: Tina, Liam (cute!) Gloria, Max and Bryton (Max’s excellent board between him and Bryton)

Angela and Gus

Angela and Gus

Group shot

Group shot

Glenn gives the speech

Glenn gives the speech with Rawny and Louise

David Whitney (Director artsACT) and Rawny Worm (CEO Tuggeranong Arts Centre)

David Whitney (Director artsACT) and Rawny Worm (CEO Tuggeranong Arts Centre)