smart ARTS for smart young creatives

smart ARTS for smart young creatives

Filthy Children, Umbrella Theatre and Punk Monk Propaganda will headline the launch party of the 2013 smart ARTS mini fest, which kicks-off on Friday 5 April in Chippendale.

The 12th annual festival is timed to coincide with Youth Week in the City and aims to encourage young people to explore their creative sides in a series of free art workshops, an exhibition and launch party.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the program included free lessons in fashion illustration, stencil art, fabric printing and solar-plate printmaking for 15-26-year-olds.

“Our smart ARTS festival is a chance to experiment with different creative projects in a friendly and encouraging environment,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sometimes young people can’t afford to try out a new artistic methods or pursuits so, this is an opportunity to discover a new talent or just enjoy being creative.”

The smart ARTS mini fest runs from 5-24 April with workshops and an exhibition at the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre studio spaces in Darlington and Chippendale.

The launch party on Friday 5 April, from 6.30pm-9.30pm, will feature musical performances by Filthy Children – an eclectic bunch of school and university friends with an interest in computer music.

Each member of the inner-west Sydney collective performs as a solo artist encompassing a range of musical styles including hip-hop, beat-work, ambient and experimental. Filthy Children have released two compilations of their work, and performed as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival and Sydney Biennale.

Also on show is the Umbrella Theatre’s pop-up puppet theatre and Punk Monk Propaganda’s “liquid light” projections.

From 5-24 April, the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre will also be showing the HERE & NOW exhibition of works by 15-26-year-olds who meet weekly at the centre to refine their arts. The artworks explore the theme, ‘here and now’ and explore issues such as climate change, gender equality, sexuality and technology.


smart ARTS mini-fest launch party

Friday 5 April, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

64 Pine Street, Chippendale

Free; no bookings necessary.


smart ARTS free arts workshops (bookings required for all workshop; hurry, limited places):

Paper Cut Animation

Monday 8 April, 6pm-9pm

Darlington Digital Studio, 132 Shepherd Street, Darlington

Tutor Craig Bunker will teach you how to bring stories to life using simple paper cut animation techniques. The workshop includes an introduction to story-boards, editing and digital production techniques and ends with your very own animated short film.


Introduction to Fashion Drawing

Tuesday 9 April, 6pm-9pm

Darlington Studio, 132 Shepherd Street, Darlington
Peter Dwyer hosts this fantastic course in fashion drawing and design for young fashionistas. Students will learn about human anatomy, proportion and how to draw the female figure.


Introduction to Stencil Art
Wednesday 10 April, 6pm-9pm

Darlington Studio, 132 Shepherd Street, Darlington
Chris Tamm teaches this awesome introduction to stencils and street art. Participants will make several basic stencils and print them onto T-shirts or quality art paper.


Retro Print Bonanza

Thursday 11 April, 6pm-9pm

Darlington Studio, 132 Shepherd Street, Darlington

Tamara Killick will show students how to print a calico tote bag or wall-hanging using retro techniques such as fabric appliqué, stencil  and hand stamping.
Introduction to Solar Plate Printmaking

Saturday 13 April, 1pm-4pm

Pine Street Studio, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale

Join tutor Rebecca Baird to learn the amazing solar plate – or photopolymer – printmaking technique, in which you can use your own drawings, doodles and photos to make multiple art prints, gift cards and keep sakes. Please bring some photos and drawings from home to work with.


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