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Connecting through art: collaborative masterpiece takes shape

Connecting through art: collaborative masterpiece takes shape

Monday, October 02, 2023

Students from Plenty River College have been busy creating a public art installation for Riverside Community Activity Centre in South Morang.

Together with the City of Whittlesea Youth Services team and local artist Sophie Arrighi, students have each painted a wooden puzzle piece that will soon be formed together to create a complete artwork.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said Council was thrilled to be supporting this collaborative piece.

“This project is not just about creating a stunning public art installation; it's about celebrating the creativity and diversity that thrives within the City of Whittlesea. The mosaic artwork is a testament to the unique talents and perspectives of our youth,” she said.

One student leading the charge is 18-year-old Jay, an aspiring support worker with a knack for digital art.

Jay painted a Spotted Marsh Frog, inspired by tadpoles he found in Mill Park, on his puzzle piece and has offered invaluable advice for young artists eager to make a difference in the community.

"I'd encourage other young artists to get in touch with their local youth service. There are so many opportunities available, and youth development officers are always happy to empower and support you," he said.

Plenty River College and City of Whittlesea’s collaborative art piece aims to capture the spirit of connection and community.

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