Youth Lead Direction in Street Art

Graffiti Art WorkshopYouth leaders will host a street art workshop during Youth Week 2017.

With funding from a Newcastle City Council Youth Week Grant, young artists will gather at Pachamama House in Hamilton on Saturday 1 April to facilitate a Graffiti Art Workshop coordinated by UP&UP and supported by Octapod.

Youth workers, established graffiti artists and a hip hop MC will share tools, techniques and trade secrets to create individual and group artworks bringing to life the 2017 Youth Week theme.

UP&UP Co-creator Ms Faith Curtis believes it is important to create a safe space to explore new ideas. “A workshop for youth run by youth provides a comfortable space for learning and exchange”, Ms Curtis said.

“The theme for Youth Week is sharing ideas and showcasing talents so we wanted to provide an experience from within the peer group and allow past workshop participants to step up into leadership roles”, Ms Curtis said.

Director of Octapod, Ms Christina Robberds said that producing community art is a great way to connect individuals with an opportunity to work collaboratively towards a shared goal. “The workshop will encourage self expression, foster team work and contribute to a sense of ownership and belonging”, Ms Robberds said.

The workshop session will include the history of street art, legal considerations, health and safety, aerosol techniques, stencilling and layering with experimental hip hop entertainment.

WHEN: Saturday 1 April 2017

TIME: 1-3pm

WHERE: Pachamama House, 21 Gordon Ave, Hamilton. Enter via side gate.

COST: Free

BOOKINGS: Contact UP&UP via or call 0437 888 860.

ACCESS: Flat entry to outdoor area at the back via side gate. Note that no accessible toilets are available on site. No reserved parking available although limited parking is available at the front of the building.