Pencil Case Art Collective started in 2014 as a small youth art group running from the Westfield site at Baseline Services for Young People. The group originally invited young creatives to work on public art projects around City of Whittlesea, including murals, paste up art, street decals and re-imagining public spaces. However, after some time, we needed to re-locate to a new ‘home’ which turned out to be the ‘Teen Space’ at Lalor Library.
This has also changed how it works – where once we were bouncing from one project to the next, now the group has a more social atmosphere with like-minded young artists interacting, experimenting and working alongside each other. As the library is a thriving hub of activity, so too was the art group. The young people who attend have ownership of the group and while we still have projects to work on, it is still ok to come in and just draw, as many do.
The group is a welcoming and creative space and provides a free after school program for many kids who can’t help but draw! Kids get a free sketchbook when they join up and access to materials. We have even created our own onsite paste up wall to showcase the incredible work that comes out the workshops. Kids can bring their own device or use one of the library laptops and tablets which has installed some of the free software that young people are already using.
In the meantime we are continuously providing a space and welcoming place for the next up and coming young artists, illustrators and creatives.
Join the Pencil Case Art Collective, a welcoming and safe environment for anyone 12-25 to explore your creativity.
4.30pm – 6.00pm
Please note this event runs during the school term only. All activities are supervised by Council Youth Services staff.
To book call 9404 8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sonia Zymantas