Artist to lead youth program

July 1, 2022 BY

Creative: Artist and Golden Plains Shire citizen of the year Barry Wemyss will lead a series of youth arts workshops from mid next month. Photo: FILE

SMYTHESDALE ceramicist Barry Wemyss’ latest work is a program all about supporting budding creatives.

The Golden Plains Shire’s new Youth Art Program starts Saturday, 16 July, with participants creating a wall hung art piece for an exhibition, as well as a book about what art means to them.

Wemyss, who is passionate about the arts and a contributor to the Shire’s culture and heritage strategy, has facilitated similar programs across the region.

Mayor Cr Gavin Gamble said events are a “fantastic opportunity” for young artists.

“Barry is leading council’s very exciting and inaugural Youth Art Program which will provide an outlet for young people to develop their own perspectives and ideas and explore them in a safe and supportive environment,” he said.

“This program will be held in Smythesdale, making it easily accessible to young people in the north of the Shire. I look forward to seeing the art books and art pieces that the young people create as part of the Program.”

Fifteen participants will be selected for the four sessions, which take place from 9am to 12pm at The Well on 19 Heales Street.

To register visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au/events or contact the youth development team at [email protected] for more information.