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Skate Park Shadows | Community Mural Armidale

 

The Armidale Skate Park Community Mural is a collaboration between Beyond Empathy and Armidale Dumaresq Council. Part of Beyond Empathy’s initiative called Access All Areas: Opening Doors to Community for Young People in Armidale, it engaged artists Wendy Kimpton and Jonathon Larsen to stencil silhouettes of skaters on the wall.

“Inviting young skate park users to be a part of the art-making process is an integral part of them respecting and appreciating not only the artwork itself, but the physical space it occupies, and recognising their role in the broader community.” said Narelle Jarry, Project Manager at Beyond Empathy.

“The mural offers young people some ownership of what is essentially their place.”

The Community Mural was created during the 2013 Youth Week celebrations and was well received by the many young people who joined in to help paint the wall. Well over 170 youth attended the day’s activities plus parents and onlookers.

A focus area of the Access All Areas project is to translate potentially anti-social activities into positive career pathways, including dance, singing and song writing, physical theatre, the visual arts and design skills. Access All Areas also aims to create an environment for young people to develop and create artistic works that address issues important to them.

“By utilising silhouettes in the creation of the mural, the coordinating artists and the project participants explored themes of difference and belonging,” Ms Jarry said.

“Silhouettes capture the basic essence of individuals and celebrate differences, but also highlight our similarities.”

Image: BE Armidale Project Manager Narelle Jarry with participant Mekeial Blair at the Skate Park.