ART WRITE LIGHT
Art Write Light is a free creative writing project curated by Story Factory, that connects Australian artists with young people in an explosion of creativity over three colourful years.
This year-long project creates opportunities for students to creatively respond to the work of living artists, and to each other, and for this to inform and enrich their approaches to writing and storytelling.
ART WRITE LIGHT 2021
For our final year of Art Write Light we’re going out with a bang! We’re partnering with local artist and legend Blak Douglas, a contemporary artist with proud Dhungatti Aboriginal origins as our 2021 artist.
Douglas’s works are culturally & politically charged with a sense of irony & hint of sarcasm, perfect to inspire a year of writing with our lucky students.
ART WRITE LIGHT 2020
For Art Write Light 2020, the multi-disciplinary artist Ernest Aaron created three original artworks (above) exploring the fragmented and episodic nature of the modern world, using brilliant colours and pop-culture references.
This work was used as inspiration for students in a series of writing workshops in schools across Western Sydney.
Aaron shared his creative process, inspiration and artistic aims with students, to which students wrote a sequence of flash fiction pieces exploring and extending elements of Aaron’s work.
A selection of work created by students in these workshops was featured in an installation and launch event held in November, 2020 at Story Factory Parramatta, created by Esem Projects.
The installation included a light-based installation of student writing and a second artwork from Ernest Aaron responding to the student writing created as part of the project, closing the loop of creative responses.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2019?
In 2019 we partnered with Bangarra Dance Theatre and choreographer and dancer Kaine Sultan-Babij, who created and performed a new dance work based on his family totem – the caterpillar. The students wrote about the performance, sharing their writing, which in turn formed the inspiration for another dance work from Sultan-Babij, which was performed at the project’s completion alongside audio-visual installation of the student’s writing.
INTERESTED IN RUNNING A PROGRAM LIKE THIS AT YOUR SCHOOL?
If you’re at a school serving high populations of marginalised young people (FOEI above 100, or ICSEA below 1,000), contact us on email@example.com to express your interest.
To get a little taste of the Art Write Light program, these PDFs (in the column on the right of this page) provide two outlines for two of the fun, engaging writing activities we take our students through as part of Art Write Light.
You can download and print these at home any time, so you and your students can get writing and start imagining!