Youth Visual Storytelling Project

The Youth Visual Storytelling Program provides young people unique opportunities to work with creative industry professionals to develop their visual storytelling skills.

In 2020/2021 Arts and Culture North Sydney collaborated with teachers and students from two local high schools.

Visual artists Alex Thorby, Tamsin Salehian and artist/curator Paul McDonald worked with year 7-11 students from Bradfield Senior College and Monte Sant Angelo over a six week period during school hours.


Bradfield Senior College

A group of Year 11 students from Bradfield Senior College presented ‘Cultural Evolutionists (Evolution of Sydney)’ as part of Bradfield Senior College’s wider curriculum event ‘ReGeneration’. Visual artist Tamsin Salehian acting as mentor, sounding board and problem solver worked with the students to present their own concept. The resulting artwork is a large scale installation giving visitors the experience of a walk through a corridor reflecting Australia’s timeline and the possible ways our culture could evolve in the future. Original artworks, primary source material (such as the Referendum), photos and text are layered across fabric walls like a collage, overlaid with graffiti, ripped posters, and other remnants. The end of the installation offers a choice that explores the individual’s and collective’s influence on a nation.


Monte Sant Angelo College 

Visual artist Alex Thorby and artist/curator Paul McDonald worked with students from Monte Sant Angelo across years 7-11 as part of School’s existing long running enrichment program ‘Art After Hours’. Students worked on individual conceptual sculptural self portrait projects. Acting as facilitator, Alex guided students through the process of developing an idea into a finished artwork. Paul McDonald helped students write about their work and present their work in a gallery setting as a cohesive story.






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