Young people in the LaTrobe Valley have used art to convey their hopes for a peaceful future.
Part of the Morwell ReActivate Winter Night Festival, the ‘Our World’ exhibition showcased works created in art therapy workshops facilitated by the Gippsland arm of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY).
CMY Gippsland Team Leader, Cate Chaiyot said the young people were enthusiastic and highly motivated to learn about expression through art.
“CMY ran art therapy workshops with the young people over several weeks which explored art and its place in expressing emotions and feelings,” Ms Chaiyot said.
“The resulting artwork was displayed for the public to enjoy as part of the winter festival.”
“The young people, led by art Therapist Lewis Beilharz, created personal Mandala and trialled other painting styles in the workshops and learned how to express themselves through each medium,” she said.
“They also created a large mural made up of several smaller paintings. When those small pieces are put together they form one beautiful and harmonious artwork which represents the world that they aspire to live in.”
The workshops gave the young people, mostly from refugee and migrant backgrounds, a positive outlet for their feelings as well as an opportunity to connect with other young people and their community.
“CMY is committed to ensuring young people have every opportunity to have their voice heard, develop skills and lead change in their communities,” Ms Chaiyot said.
“We use a range of engagement tactics, like these workshops, to build the capacity of young people to become influential and empowered Australians.”