– COMMUNITY PROJECTS –
It has been an honour for the ARTAND Foundation to work with communities, schools and artists on projects to empower young people to express themselves and find joy in education. Art & Australia began this journey with a collaboration between media art initiative NOISE and ARTAND Australia, this mini-magazine project profiled twenty-five Australian artists under twenty-five. Later we commissioned ni-Vanuatu weavers from Mataso Island (Shepherd Islands), Mataso-Ohlen (Port Vila) and Unakapu Village (Nguna Island off Efate’s north coast) to create an Artist Edition. In September 2010 ARTAND Australia initiated a collaboration between artist Locust Jones and twenty-one refugee students at Lurnea High School in south-western Sydney. Students from East Turkistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Sudan, Argentina and Thailand were invited to share their stories, and the resulting 25-metre canvas is challenging and uplifting. It became the centrepiece of the exhibition ‘Subtext: Art for Literacy’ (2011), held at Sydney’s Carriageworks, and was celebrated in the Art & Australia publication A Space to Speak: ‘Let them feel us’.