Artistic exploration helps improve wellbeing of WA youth

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Collie Art Gallery has taken Western Australian youth on a creative journey to help them develop stronger connections to the local community, while also improving their wellbeing.

Works developed as part of this arts engagement program that was supported through our 2016 Community Grant, will feature as part of Emergence, a special mixed exhibition that launches on 4 August.   

Bringing together youth at risk -in the regional WA town of Collie , the creative workshops have provided a safe and inspiring place for intergenerational and collaborative art making with professional and emerging artists.

Held over the past 12 months, the program featured a series of engaging  workshops including digital media, traditional culture, music, visual arts and art therapy.

It's a unique approach to addressing the growing disconnection between youth and their community as identified by a recent Shire of Collie study. The report also found that substance abuse and mental health issues are a concern for young people in the region.

With our funding help, the Gallery has been able to addressing these problems by encouraging participants to explore and use the arts, culture and their individual uniqueness in new positive ways, rather than turning to substance abuse or anti-social behaviour.

The Emergence exhibition, which celebrates the emerging talents of these Collie youth, will run from 4-18 August.

For more information about our partnership with Collie Art Gallery click here