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Published Friday 5 August 2022
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Young artists shine at Contrast exhibition

The work of young artists was on display at the Contrast Art Program exhibition in Seymour on Thursday 4 August.

The Contrast program was a free eight-week art program for young people aged between 12-18 with a connection to Seymour.

The 2022 program was run every Thursday at Our Place Seymour and saw young people learn, design and create with help from professional artists and art therapists.

Participants also have the opportunity to mentor younger students on the art skills they have learnt throughout the program.

As part of the program, each participant received more than $100 worth of art supplies for well as tools to keep them creative now that the program is complete.

The program supports young people to build connections, confidence and self-expression through participation in expressive and artistic activities.

It also allows young people to develop positive relationships with service providers and youth workers.

The program was coordinated by Mitchell Shire Youth Services and funded by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

The program was supported by local service providers including The Bridge Youth Services, Nexus Primary Health, Victoria Police and five local art mentors and therapists.

Quotes from Mitchell Shire Deputy Mayor

Our young people are a key component of the makeup of our Shire and providing support and services for them is an area of high importance for Mitchell Shire Council.

Programs like this provide safe environments for young people to learn social skills, give voice to their struggles and experience a sense of belonging.

This engagement promotes their wellbeing and development and boosts their potential to be positive contributors in their communities.

It was fantastic to see the wonderful array of art on display at the exhibition and to hear from the young people who participated in the program.

This program is a team effort and Council is very thankful for the support shown from local community groups and support services to make it happen.

Cr Fiona Stevens

This page was last updated on 5 August 2022.