Location: The Drum Theatre, Dandenong
On Display: November - December 2020
Lead artist: Yandell Walton
Artist participants: Shruti Randive, Pedro Osorio, Kate Vucak, Jennifer Guingab and Joanna Aqili
In late 2020, five young emerging artists captured their experience throughout the second COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne. The artists came from a range of different backgrounds and represented different levels of the student experience, from year 10 at high school to college and university. Across six weeks, established artist Yandell Walton led the participants through artistic challenges and activities via online webcam. The participants were challenged to respond to different themes relevant to the experience of being a young person impacted by social isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The resulting work was curated into a digital work by Walton and projected onto the windows on the Drum Theatre. This was the first experience the young emerging artists had of developing a public art outcome.
Shruti Randive, a Bachelor of Design student from Monash University enjoyed the challenge of making art from her smartphone, “it allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and explore different apps that allowed me to expand what I already knew about myself and my ability to create. I also loved the themes that were explored every week, it got me to think of ways it affected me, allowing me to demonstrate my opinions in a creative way, rather than being vocal about them.”
Jennifer Guingab is a visual arts student from Swinburne College. For Jennifer, the connections she made to other young emerging artists was the most enjoyable part of the project, “I’ve enjoyed collaborating with a bunch of cool people throughout this project and having something to do and making something new each week during these tough times. It gave a sense of purpose as well as helped change up my routine because of COVID-19.”
This project aimed to nurture local artistic talent and formed part of a suite of programs designed to raise the profile of Greater Dandenong as a cultural destination.