River-based art projects help at-risk youths & village communities

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Wednesday 13 October 2010.

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Some fascinating projects are being featured in The River Project, an exhibition currently on at The Campbelltown Arts Centre. The Sepik River Project saw Dr Susan Cochrane take modern, western art materials like acrylic paint to a village community in Papua New Guinea. Dr Cochrane will be speaking about the artistic outcomes of the project this weekend in the artist talks listed below.

Another highlight being discussed at the talks is The U-Turn/Restore Respect Waka Project, where a group of Pacific Islanders who now reside in the Western suburbs of Sydney, spent 9 weeks teaching their traditional craft of Canoe-making to a group of 20 at-risk, Pacific-descendant youths. The result is a full scale canoe, also on show in the exhibition.

A community symposium discussing other river-based artworks in the exhibition follows the artist talks this weekend.

The River Project on Artabase

Artist Talks and Symposium, October 16