Students painting the town with street art mentorship
Published on 05 June 2023
Local high school students recently joined famed street artist, Heesco, along with Erin Haywood and Damien Mitchell, in creating a giant mural on their school grounds as part of Council’s StreetWORKS street art mentorship program.
During the program, students attended two workshops where they learned about street art techniques and design elements; and later used their new skills to co-design the oversized and uplifting mural featuring key words that students identify with: unity, creativity, respect and endeavour.
The installation of the mural was supported by street artist Heesco, who has produced large-scale street artworks across Maribyrnong and Victoria and has created high profile commissions, such as thanking frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. His works have been featured in National Geographic, Geo Saison (Germany), StuArt Magazine (France), and Grafitti and Street Art Around the Globe (Spain), and numerous local books and magazines.
City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter, said the program was a fantastic example of youth participation and connecting students with a professional to share skills.
“Phoenix Youth Centre is well connected in the community to provide young people aged 12-25 with activities and programs that support and empower them to learn new things,” said Mayor Carter.
“I hope this program has inspired some to continue with art or encourage them to keep trying new things in a safe space,” she added.
For information on how to register for the next Street Art Mentorship in Term 3, where another mural will be created, get in touch with Phoenix Youth Centre. www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/phoenix
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