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 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

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.

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.

ARTIST : Blak Douglas | TITLE: Much is rife | SIZE: 100 x 150cm | MEDIUM: Synthetic polymer paint on linen

Art Write Light

ART WRITE LIGHT 2020

For Art Write Light 2020, the multi-disciplinary artist Ernest Aaron created three original artworks 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 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 an 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 under-resourced young people (FOEI above 100, or ICSEA below 1,000), contact us on info@storyfactory.org.au to express your interest.

To get a little taste of the Art Write Light program, these PDFs provide two outlines for two of the fun, engaging writing activities we take our students through as part of Art Write Light.

Teachers, you can download and print these at home any time, so you and your students can get writing and start imagining!

ACTIVITY TEMPLATE 1 – BEDROOM VISION BOARD

ACTIVITY TEMPLATE 2 – ERASURE POETRY

Art Write Light is generously supported by The Balnaves Foundation

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Stories from this Program

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By Isabelle

The red sun rose over the sea salted rivers, blackening the rows of palm trees and birds that flew across the wide birth of the sun. He breathed out a...

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By Lara

I walked backstage almost twenty minutes before my first live show, fans were screaming for one of my songs – Golden. I was in my dressing room practicing my vocals...

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By Saman

the previous chapters of my life memories come flooding back I feel my feet curl to the shape of a skull the ravens flew over her head the clock ticks...

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