by Loki Liddle
Digi Youth Art's trip to Thursday Island
Notorious and prolific street artist Hafleg teams up with the incredible artists of Digi Youth Arts to collaborate with Thursday Island students on creating an exciting and culturally significant mural.
This continues DYA’s work in developing the next generation of Indigenous street artists.
From 20th-26th October members of Digi Youth Arts and BSAF will travel to Thursday Island to collaborate with local students on creating a mural in response to stories shared by the Traditional Owners of the land.
Over the week long art making trip to Thursday Island, Digi Youth Arts developing artists Dylan Mooney and Bec Ray will lead students of the school through a series of workshops, under the mentorship of Shaun Lee (Half-Leg), to pass on the artistic skills that they will use to create the mural.
Dylan Mooney spoke on the project saying: “I am really excited to be going home as this will be my first time on Thursday Island.
"My great grandmother was born and grew up on Thursday Island and would always tell me stories of what it was like in the Torres Straits. This will be an emotional, cultural and beautiful experience for me because I get to travel home to where she was born and produce a mural with the kids of Tagai State College.
"Getting to teach the kids how to use spray paint and how murals come together and building relationships with them. I will not only be passing my knowledge to them but will personally be learning from the kids as well.
"I hope I make Digi Youth Arts, my grandmother and my family proud with what we produce and hopefully leave our mark.”
The Thursday Island trip is a part of Digi Youth Art’s broader where we stand project. Where we stand is a cross-community multi-arts project where Indigenous young people make work in response to country and place.
With outcomes all across Queensland, Digi Youth Arts works to capture the past, present and future of this land’s identity through the eyes of the youngest generation of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world.
Where We Stand is supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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