A new mural on the wall of the Port Augusta Youth Centre has sparked creative inspiration amongst local kids.
Painted by Aboriginal contemporary artist Allan Sumner, the Under the Sea themed project is a joint venture between White Lion, Stride and the Port Augusta Youth Centre.
“A lot of the programs I have worked with are cultural strength programs, so engaging young people in culture and language,” Mr Sumner explained.
“I find that having these programs sway the young people from some of the negative influences in the community and over the years I have seen the results of engaging people in creative arts, so they are able to express themselves in a different way to how they would usually express themselves – its about creating opportunities.”
Through discussions about what their country means to them and what makes them strong, the kids decided on a theme for the wall.
“They wanted a marine theme because they come from Port Augusta where there’s the waterways, fishing and all sorts of things, so they thought a seascape would represent their home,” the artist said.
The mural is almost complete. Missing, are the final touches from the Youth Centre kids who are hoping their sea creature designs make the cut.
“The youth asked if a competition could be held and they would draw and submit pictures of the under the sea theme,” Youth Centre Coordinator, Helen Mullion said. “They have been very active in submitting drawings, the competition closes after the school holidays and the drawings will then be sent to Allan and he will pick the winners.
“During the April holidays the kids will be invited to come back to join in with Allan to paint them on the wall, so it is very exciting.”
Run as part of the Youth Centre’s holiday program, Ms Mullion hopes the kids have fun and gain self confidence from the experience.
“The kids can be proud of it. They’re the ones who will be drawing mermaids and fish and things like that, so it’s going to be their wall,” she said.
“Our holiday program is free for all and we provide a safe place for youth to attend the activities provided.”
On December 21 and 22, White Lion, Stride and Port Augusta Youth center partnered up to bring Mark Davis to Port Augusta to hold a two day basketball workshop.
Ms Mullion said the workshop was very well received by the community and that “the youth had a great time learning and building on their basketball skills”.