Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP)

Photographs from the 2009 Rotary Youth Arts Project (RYAP)

Snaphop opening
Snaphop 2009 installation Visy Education Space

Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali Untitled 2009

Geoff Croughan
Geoff Croughan ¿¡¿¿¡¡ 2009

Margaret Dixon
Margaret 'BJ' Dixon Do you like it 2009

Evette Finlay
Evette Finlay All that remains 2009

Mark Gonzales
Mark 'Token' Gonzales The road to enchantment 2009

Loron Lockwood
Loron Lockwood Ephemeral 2009

Nathan Merrigan
Nathan Merrigan Nato’s mixed pix 2009

Dylan Owen-Buoy
Dylan Owen-Buoy The Void 2009

Mamadou Sow
Mamadou Sow L’Autre Monde? 2009

Freya Standing
Freya Standing Transient 2009

Jessye Towson-White
Jessye Towson-White The space in between 2009

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Participating photographers:
Mohammed Ali, Isabel Blight, Geoff Croughan, Margaret 'BJ' Dixon, Evette Finlay, Mark 'Token' Gonzales, Rebecca Johnson, Loron Lockwood, Nathan Merrigan, Dylan Owen-Buoy, Mamadou S Sow, Freya Standing, Jessye Towson-White.

The Rotary Youth Arts Project 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.

The 20-week course, presented by Michael Warnock, covered a wide range of photography subjects, including documentary photography, the urban environment, identity, fashion and consumerism, abstraction and surrealism. Professional practice was also addressed. Participants were given Kodak digital cameras for the duration of the course and their images 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 their work, exhibition making, camera skills, terminology, photographic themes and the strategies artists utilise. Participants gained an awareness of photographic history and practice, in support of making their own work. Participants have adapted strategies and themes to suit their own lives and approaches, in an exploration of identity and self. Participants also used exhibitions at CCP as starting point for discussion, particularly useful was the CCP Documentary Photography Award and Arlo Mountford’s The Folly.

With the collective goal of an exhibition at the CCP in their sights, participants also worked as a group, giving advice, support and communicating their opinions, to achieve a final group exhibition.

Students were ably supported by Kate Le Plastrier, RYAP youth worker and Dominique Miller, RYAP Project Coordinator. Roland Dempster assisted with computer sessions, which were held at the Fitzroy Learning Network.

On behalf of the participants, CCP acknowledges and thanks Crumpler, Colour Factory, Fitzroy Learning Network, Kodak, Rotary Club of Collingwood, Rotary Club of Richmond, Motto, Artshub and City of Yarra. Without this support, RYAP would not have been possible.

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