Grassroots, Media & Arts Education,
2008 – 2009, 2015 – Onwards
CuriousWorks is back at Miller Technology High School!
Our artists and mentors are running creative workshops with students that cover writing, recording and producing music, performance and drama, video-making, new media technologies and traditional visual arts.
The initiative is a partnership between us, the school and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre who share the vision of delivering a dynamic, multi-arts program for young people in the community of Miller, including an exchange with Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
ReFill continues a partnership that first sparked between us in 2008, and is part of our development work to develop the talents of young people in the Liverpool area, who might otherwise struggle to gain such opportunities. The program specifically focuses on engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and culturally and linguistically diverse background students, including people who have recently settled in Australia.
CuriousWorks and Miller Technology High first ran ReFill in 2008 and 2009 and created long-standing friendships between teachers, young people and artists. ReFill (2015-2018) is the second chapter in our partnership and is a creative industries mentoring and skills development project for disadvantaged young people in the Liverpool LGA.
“If there’s a shining example of how the public and private sectors can work together, then ReFill is it,” according to Arts NSW. You can also learn more background in Screen NSW’s interview with the ReFill coordinators.
The latest program has been made possible with four years of generous support from the Crown Resorts Foundation’s Western Sydney Arts Initiative. The funding was secured by the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre who are also offering use of their creative labs, and will stage a major visual arts exhibition of the students’ work in Youth Week 2017. Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art are among the institutions helping to inspire these young minds through excursions built into the program.
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The lead artist in the current program is award-winning multimedia artist Sarah Emery, who has 10 years experience working with companies such as Milkcrate, Heaps Decent and Shopfront. Coordinating the project is CuriousWorks Community Director Caitlin Newton-Broad with support from our Curious Creators.