Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP)

Photographs from the 2007 Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP)









THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Participating photographers:
LOLA BENITO, ARIANNE DALE, ROSE KINSELLA, MICHELLE MAH, CONNIE MAH, JASMINE SCHROEDER, LARISSA WOODS, WU SHANG

The Rotary Youth Arts Project is a cooperative project between arts organisations within the City of Yarra: Dancehouse, Westside Circus and 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.

Presented by Tatjana Plitt, artist and educator, the 20 week course covered a wide range of topics from documentary photography to the urban environment; identity, fashion and consumerism; abstraction and surrealism, through to professional practice.  The RYAP group visited other galleries to discuss photography and attended the Fitzroy Learning Centre where Tatjana introduced them to Photoshop. Professional photographers also presented their work to the group at CCP.

Students gained an understanding of the history of photography and became familiar with key contemporary photographers. Classes addressed how to present and discuss their work, exhibition making, camera skills, terminology and theories in contemporary art as well as strategies for being an artist. Participants were given digital cameras for duration of the course and visual diaries in which they were asked to keep a detailed diary over the twenty weeks.

Students were ably supported by Jurnan Ayerst, RYAP youth worker and Bec Reid, RYAP Project Coordinator.

On behalf of the participants, CCP acknowledges and thanks Colour Factory, Crumpler, City of Yarra, Fitzroy Learning Network, Joel Harris Office Supplies, Kodak Australia, Mollo, Realestate.com, Rotary Richmond, Rotary Collingwood.

Without this support THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS would not have been possible.

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HERE AND NOW BILLBOARD ART

Homeless Man in Tiananmen Square by CCP/RYAP student Wu Shung was displayed as part of the City of Yarra's Youth Billboard Arts Project.

Located on the corner of Bridge Road and Church Street in Richmond, the nine-metre billboard featured a photograph taken by 17 year old Wu Shung, who participated in the Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP) at CCP.

Homeless Man in Tiananmen Square was on display until December 2007.

 


Image: Wu Shung, Homeless Man in Tiananmen Square, 2007 (installation view)

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