Youth Leadership in Aboriginal Visual Arts Industry

Art centres are so much more than canvases and paints.

We play an important part in the professional and personal development of our artist and staff. Whether this be providing creative direction and support or encouraging people to step outside their comfort zone.

We truly believe in fostering the next generation of leaders in our community.

We are very proud to announce that our Junior Gallery Assistant Lily-Mae Kerley, 18, was successful in her application to the international youth exchange program through the Youth Council of Western Australia.

Lily-Mae will travel with 11 other West Australian youths to Hong Kong in August.

The exchange program is an initiative of the Western Australian State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

The aims of the program are to provide delegates with the opportunity to develop:
* self-confidence
* international friendships and networks
* a real understanding of a different culture
* a base for future education and career goals

Lily-Mae has said “I am honoured and feel very privileged to be selected to participate in the program. I look forward to meeting new people, learning another culture, gaining more confidence as a young leader and bringing these skills back to my community and using them in my role as a Gallery Assistant”

Art centre manager Roni Jones states “Lily is an aspiring textiles artist as well as being one of the centres Gallery Assistants. She has shown a great level of dedication and maturity beyond her years and is looking to go far in the Aboriginal arts industry. Whether that be in the arts administration sector or creative stream she is showing great potential and ability to learn and grow”

From the rest of the centre staff, Board and artist we congratulate you and wish you well in Hong Kong!