Artists mentoring Artists

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By Laura Threlfall

Young Melbourne artists are being offered a chance to meet and learn from local and international artists this summer in the Signal 37 program. Artists will be mentoring young creative minds and inspiring them to create and develop their skills in a number of workshops through January at the Signal hub located behind Flinders Station.

The City of Melbourne’s initiative hopes to support the future of art in Melbourne, with the Chair of the Arts and Culture portfolio Councillor Rohan Leppert saying, “Last year, the City of Melbourne released the Arts Strategy 2014-17, a blueprint to ensure Melbourne’s arts scene continues to grow with the city. Supporting young artists and arts organisations who are producing projects in the city is a key part of this strategy”.

Signal 37 gives young people the opportunity to learn skills and techniques from some of Melbourne’s most talented artists as well as gain accreditation and open pathways into the creative industries. “From painting with Melbourne’s street art royalty to building robots, Signal 37 gives young people the opportunity to follow their passion and develop skills across a wide range of art forms,” said Cr Leppert.

The program explores everything from animation, publishing, media art, visual art and illustration through to sculptural design, street art, fashion, slam poetry and music workshops.

The collaboration is based on an award winning project in Chicago, Gallery 37, which has been running since 2001 and has since expanded to over 24 U.S states, as well as Australia and the UK. Melbourne’s Signal 37 is free, and open to young people aged 13-25 years from all walks of life and skill sets, and aside from the intense summer program, Signal offers workshops all year round for keen and upcoming young artists.

Signal 37 workshops run through January, and will wrap up their weeks of hard work with a showcase event on January 24.

This summer’s program includes;

The Sound of Light – join poet and story teller Alia Gabres to develop new methods of performance using spoken word, sound installations and light projections.

Lunch Meets – meet with artists from the Silent Army Collective before and after lunch to draw your real (or imaginary) food, as well as learn skills in editing, print preparation and graphic layout.

Trashion – where you can join legendary Australian fashion designer Jenny Bannister and local designer Lia Tabrah to design, create, customise and personalise your very own unique wearable art using household trash and recycled objects.

Ultra Ornament – experiment with print pattern design as well as vinyl cutting, stencilling, machine knitting, embroidery and silk-screening with artist Kate Geck.

Street Art Mentoring – get inspired by artists from Blender Studio and explore free hand painting, paste ups, stencils, street sculpture and experimental steet art in Melbourne Laneways

Mechatronic Theme Park – with theme parks as inspiration, media artists Dean and Jesse of Cake Industries will mentor the next generation of media artists in using various tools and machinery to create mechanical imitations of life.

Pick n Mix – where the younger ones can dip their toes into a range of arts including making stationary, cyanotypes, book-binding, screen printing, street art and fashion.

Signal Curators – learn how to make, curate and collate art with Miso, Tai Snaith and Spacecraft as well as learning more about the art world with curators from M Pavilion and NGV.

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