Tell Me What It Looks Like
The Rotary Youth Arts Project is a cooperative project between arts organisations within the City of Yarra: Dancehouse, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and Rotary. Young people living, studying or attending services in the City of Yarra were invited to participate in a photography workshop at the CCP.
The 20-week course, presented by Michael Warnock, covered a wide range of photography subjects, including documentary photography, the urban environment, identity, fashion and consumerism, abstraction and surrealism. Professional practice was also addressed. Participants were given Kodak digital cameras for the duration of the course and their images projected for class feedback and discussion.
Students gained an understanding of the history of photography through discussion of the work of key contemporary photographers. Classes also addressed how to present and discuss their work, exhibition making, camera skills, terminology, photographic themes and the strategies artists utilise. Participants gained an awareness of photographic history and practice, in support of making their own work. Participants have adapted strategies and themes to suit their own lives and approaches, in an exploration of identity and self. Participants also used exhibitions at CCP as starting point for discussion, particularly useful was the CCP Documentary Photography Award and Arlo Mountford’s The Folly.
With the collective goal of an exhibition at the CCP in their sights, participants also worked as a group, giving advice, support and communicating their opinions, to achieve a final group exhibition.
Students were ably supported by Kate Le Plastrier, RYAP youth worker and Dominique Miller, RYAP Project Coordinator. Roland Dempster assisted with computer sessions, which were held at the Fitzroy Learning Network.
On behalf of the participants, CCP acknowledge and thanks:
Crumpler, Colour Factory, Fitzroy Learning Network, Kodak, Rotary Club of Collingwood, Rotary Club of Richmond, Motto, Artshub and City of Yarra.
Without this support, RYAP's Tell Me What It Looks Like would not have been possible.