Shopfront’s Socially Engaged Program has a rich 25 year history. It is funded by the NSW Department for Families and Communities and is a unique program in Australia merging social work and artistic practice to create change and transformation for at-risk young people. Works are developed with young people’s ideas and imaginations, and artistic programs are formed in response to the young people’s and groups’ specific needs. The Outreach program principally operates with St George and Sutherland, but also works in other locations in Sydney, regional NSW and nationally.
Young people are the experts of the places where they live, work and study. Working with young people at risk of being early school leavers, we explore school space and culture, and create artistic solutions to address school issues. We hunt for school stories and share memories. We takeover the school with large events and installations which celebrate school life and look at what students want to change. We develop functional, long-term art projects which will have a sustainable impact on school life.
|Transitions: Here We Are//We Are Here
Working in Intensive English Centres, we build theatre ensembles of young people about to transition from their IEC to mainstream High School. We work towards short pieces of forum-style theatre which are shown to High School classes exploring the worries and hopes the IEC young people have about going to High School.
Transitions run in-school every week across a school term, culminating with a performance sharing week.
|New Home New Laws
Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, we are creating a series of short films as resources for those who have just arrived in Australia to explain some of the laws which are most confusing to newly-arrived communities. School groups will be working with film-makers from refugee and migrant backgrounds and legal advisors, and they’ll be trained to be peer facilitators to share the films with other newly-arrived students. An early intervention and prevention project, New Home New Laws is all about making art for awareness and education.
New Home New Laws is supported by the NSW Government through MulticulturalNSW
Storytime transforms school space into arts venues; creating pop-up cinemas, performance venues and galleries in unusual spaces to share the stories of young people with their local communities.
In 2018 and 2019, we’ll be working with Lurnea IEC and High School to create unique arts venues for the local community, powered by young people.
Storytime is supported by the NSW Government through the CreateNSW Making Spaces Initiative
Get in touch!
We’re always open to new projects and new ideas, and we love working with young people to create artistic ways through issues they or their communities are experiencing. If you are interested working with us, or connecting your school or community organisation into the above programs, get in touch anytime! (Our socially-engaged programs run dependent on funding, and we can work with you to seek funding for new projects)
Contact our Creative Director, Natalie Rose on 02 9588 3948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!