Looking for Place
Now in its sixth year, the Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP) is a cooperative project between arts organisations within the City of Yarra: Dancehouse, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and Rotary. Young people living, studying or attending services in the City of Yarra were invited to participate in a photography workshop at the CCP.
On an annual basis this course, presented in 2011 by artist and educator Salote Tawale, covered a wide range of photography subjects and approaches to making work, including documentary photography, the urban environment, identity, fashion and consumerism, abstraction and surrealism. The group has also discussed how to develop a series of images from an idea and how to transform a concept into a tangible photograph. Professional practice was also addressed. Participants were given Kodak digital cameras for the duration of the course and their images were projected for class feedback and discussion.
Students gained an understanding of the history of photography through discussion of the work of key contemporary photographers. Classes also addressed how to present and discuss student's work, exhibition making, camera skills, terminology, photographic themes and the strategies artists utilise. Participants have adapted strategies and themes to suit their own lives and approaches, in an exploration of identity and self.
With the collective goal of an exhibition at CCP and a slide show at Dancehouse in their sights, participants also worked as a group, giving advice, support and communicating their ideas to achieve these final group presentations.
Students were ably supported by Sacha Barry, RYAP youth worker and Bridget Flood, RYAP Project Coordinator. Alison Bennett assisted in Photoshop editing classes with participants at the Fitzroy Learning Network.
On behalf of the participants, CCP acknowledge and thanks:
Artshub, Crumpler, City of Yarra, Colour Factory, Fitzroy Learning Network, Kodak, Rotary Club of Carlton, Rotary Club of Richmond and Rotary Club of Collingwood.
Without this support, RYAP's Looking for Place would not have been possible.