Play On Words
The Rotary Youth Arts Network is a cooperative project between arts organisations within the City of Yarra: Dancehouse, Westside Circus and Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). Young people living, studying or attending youth services in the City of Yarra were invited to participate in a photography workshop at the CCP.
Artists, Jessie Boylan and Geana Bajic presented a 15 week course covering a wide range of topics from documentary photography to the urban environment, identity, politics and society. Participants were given digital cameras for the duration of the course, introduced to Photoshop and provided with prints for the exhibition in CCP’s Visy Education Space.
Over the fifteen weeks, students gained an understanding of the history of photography and became familiar with key contemporary photographers. Classes addressed topics include: how to present and speak about the work, exhibition making, camera skills and terminology and strategies for working as an artist. Participants were given visual diaries and asked to keep detailed records over the fifteen weeks.
A selection of images by participants was also projected during the performance miss/perception: spinning, stomping, snapping, A showing of work by young people of the Rotary Youth Arts Project 2006: Circus, Dance and Photography Tuesday 29 August 2006, at Dancehouse.
On behalf of the participants, CCP acknowledges and thanks:
Rotary Richmond, Rotary Collingwood, VicHealth, City of Yarra, Lab X, Kodak, Joel Harris Office Supplies, Fitzroy Learning Newtork, Mollo, Realestate.com, Crumpler, and our colleagues at Dancehouse and Westside Circus.
Without this support, RYAP's Play On Words would not have been possible.