For young people between the ages of 13 and 25 interested in creative arts, Signal is the perfect place for them. Located in the CBD, it provides young people with the opportunity to develop their talent by encouraging and inspiring them to make and show. Signal welcomes all young people of all abilities to their creative arts studio and gives them the opportunity to work in collaboration with professional artists.
There are fantastic workshops lined-up for March and April for all kinds of creative people. Below is a list of what's on so far. The best part about it is that it's all free; however spaces are limited so it is vital to book in advance.
For the young Melbourne Pacific Islanders, Pattern & Self Portraiture is fantastic project for anyone interested in visual arts. Create a collection of photographic and stencil works by working with professional artists HAHA, Torika Bolatagici and Salote Tawale. Gain skills in visual art, learn stencil techniques, develop your photography skills, and find out how to use Photoshop. This is a free workshop; however bookings are essential.
Craftivism workshops are run throughout March and April. Led by Craft Cartel, these workshops focus on craft activism, where you learn to voice your opinion through creativity. By exploring the power of handmade, you get to let the world know about what you think. So get your craft on, learn some skills, and express your opinions the crafty way.
If you're a budding artist, aged between 16 and 25 and interested in creating something unique, then Signal Screen Commissions has a project for you. Produce an impressive screen-based work which mixes art and technology, that would bring the Signal site to life. Be as innovative, creative and inspirational as you can and you may be commissioned by Signal to build a public work. Applications open Monday 21 April and close on Tuesday 6 May at 5pm.
You scroll through posts on Instagram and all you see are selfies. Boring.
Me, My Selfie and I is a fabulous project where you turn the boring old selfie into a self portrait of a different sort. Here, you get to combine visual self-portraits with solo performance; play with photography, projection and shadows; and experiment with online spaces and live performance. Take the idea of the selfie and turn it into a performance about you. You'll also work with artists Paula van Beek, Xanthe Beesley and Georgie Roxby Smith. This workshop is free and suitable for ladies aged between 13 and 20. Bookings are essential.
Inject some creativity into the April school holidays and take part in Street Art Workshops. Talented guest artists from the Blender studios will lead these wonderful sessions. It'll all be happening in Union Lane and this is your opportunity to learn about paste-ups, freehand styles and stencils.
Signal is a brilliant place for young people. If you have a young creative cat or a budding artist at home, why not see if they're interested? You'll never know, they might become the most buzzed about artist!
For more information, head to the Signal website, where you can also make bookings. And keep your eyes peeled for any future events.