It is time to say goodbye to a Shopfront favourite. Our Shopfront Director of Socially-Engaged Programs, Hannah Grant, is leaving Shopfront after 5 years of working to help young people transform their ideas into art.
Hannah first joined us after moving to Sydney from the UK. During her time at Shopfront she has created and worked on 43 programs and produced 25 youth-led events and new works. Hannah has made her mark, working with hundreds of young people, and key partner schools in our region, from youth-led site-specific projects around schools, to Inside//Outside at the MCA and the St George Metre Squared Festival. She has worked on community engagement initiatives, such as the This Is Where photography project and exhibitions, the intergenerational film project Creative Memories and street art mural projects in Bexley and at Kogarah High. This work has had a significant impact on the young people, community and school groups involved, as well as impacting Hannah herself.
“My favourite part of the job has been getting really stuck into socially-engaged artistic processes with young people – working with them to explore how art can be their tool for local change and developing projects into exciting artistic outcomes that realise that change,” Hannah said.
“It’s been an absolute honour to work with so many young people at Shopfront, and to collaborate with many incredible artists,” she said.
Hannah is leaving us to become a Program Manager for a social justice and global citizenship organisation, but she won’t be forgetting us anytime soon.
“Shopfront became a place that felt like home. It’s been the place where I’ve met so many of my friends and fellow Sydney artists. It’s given me so many opportunities and enabled me to do a job that I’ve absolutely loved. I’m so proud to be a small piece of Shopfront’s long history.” Hannah said.
And we are proud of Hannah, too. Hannah will be leaving us in the capable hands of another Shopfront favourite, Christie Woodhouse. We wish Hannah a very fond farewell, and best wishes for next stage of her career.