Fresh AIR funded through the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, an initiative of the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, to improve children and young people’s access to quality school-based arts education by supporting professional artists to undertake residencies in schools.
NSW GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
There were 6 schools partnering the program
PROJECT DELIVERY PARTNER
Shopfront is an innovative youth-led, multi art-form co-operative. Since its inception in 1976, Shopfront has been creating socially relevant, multi art form work with and by young people. Young people are encouraged to push their creative boundaries under the guidance of practising professional artists. This, in combination with a culture of youth-led practice and fostered skills development, is what produces Shopfront’s unique aesthetic.
Shopfront’s impact on art in Australia is the result of 39 years of innovation; a history that has shaped the lives of many young people who have been front and centre of extraordinary, bold creative endeavour, and have gone on to shape the cultural landscape as artists, arts workers and audiences.
At the heart of its values, Shopfront believes that the arts should be accessible to all young people, representing the voices that do not readily have access to expression through arts. The making processes of Shopfront have developed into specific processes to ensure the genuine, active engagement of young people.
Local young people, young people at risk of disengaging from community, and young people with disability or mental health diagnoses are all acknowledged as artists in making work with Shopfront. The creative contributions of young people are not only respected, but form the very basis of the co-operative’s work.
PROJECT DELIVERY PARTNER
Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts organisation of its kind in Australia. It engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues and is committed to engaging and inspiring Sydney’s culturally diverse communities. Carriageworks produces and presents multi-disciplinary programs that explore contemporary ideas and reflect social and cultural diversity. Carriageworks works with local and international artists from a range of cultures and communities.
For the Park Road Studio project of Fresh AIR, Carriageworks is responsible for artist selection, liaison and support; communication and engagement with Alexandria Park School; promotion and marketing; arts industry participation; audience access and internship opportunities, documentation and evaluation arrangements.
University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle is a research intensive university and a leading contributor to research in Australia and the world. It is ranked in the top 10 Australian universities based on research excellence. An established research leader in engineering, energy and resources, health and medicine, the University of Newcastle is developing its capacity in other fields including social sciences and creative industries.
The Fresh AIR research team comprises university academics who are experienced practitioners and researchers in arts-based and creative pedagogies. The University of Newcastle School of Education continues to be the centre for the development and ongoing research of the significant educational reform framework, NSW Quality Teaching Model of pedagogy. It has had an impact in shaping curriculum and pedagogy in NSW and researching the lasting outcomes of change and best practice for teachers and students across NSW.
Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University is a research institution driven by impact and practical outcomes. Its research has real impact upon the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of regional, national and international communities.
The Fresh AIR research team comprises university academics who are experienced practitioners and researchers in arts-based and creative pedagogies. Western Sydney University’s School of Education has a range of research strengths and partnerships with the NSW Department of Education, most notably the iterations of the equity driven Fair Go Project. It has had an impact in shaping curriculum and pedagogy in NSW and researching the lasting outcomes of change and best practice for teachers and students across NSW.
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)
The NCIE builds capabilities and creates opportunities by delivering life-changing programs and progressive thought leadership through its pathways including health and wellness, sport and recreation, and learning and innovation. Their arts and culture pathway works to activate and inspire creativity and identification with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through new and participatory arts programs in visual, literary and performing arts.
Building on Carriagework’s established partnership with NCIE, workshops are delivered by the Fresh AIR resident artists during NCIE Schools Holiday programs, providing outreach opportunities for Aboriginal artists to engage with young Aboriginal people who are no longer within the school system.
The National Art School (NAS)
The National Art School (NAS) is Australia’s most prestigious and oldest visual arts institute in Australia. NAS offers specialised study in studio arts practice across a broad range of disciplines, taught by distinguished practising artists and art historians who bring a rich diversity of talent, skills, experience and knowledge. NAS has a range of course options from short-courses at all levels to a comprehensive range of fully accredited degree courses all of which embody the School’s educational philosophy of studio passed learning under the supervision of practicing artists.
NAS is the tertiary arts partner of the Cabramatta, Fairvale and Merrylands High Schools Fresh AIR program, which was launched at the National Art School on Friday 14th February 2014 with artist led lectures and workshops. This day allowed the three schools to come together, for staff and students to meet each other, meet and work with the artists and experience the surroundings of the National Art School. The 2014 Fresh AIR program concluded with a two day artist led non-residential camp hosted at the National Art School.