Love, art, and a festival


An Alice Springs art project highlighting affection was devised by Centralian Senior College student Isla Hooper.

The Love a Local Portraiture Challenge — reflecting the 2021 Desert Festival theme — celebrated loved people or pets and attracted 150 submissions, mainly drawings, but also photographic, print made and collage.

The Year 12 collegian said the Challenge — open to five to 25-year-old community members — aimed “to reinforce community connectivity by displaying the love young people have for those around them”.

“The Challenge was important in engaging students, schools and the community, and portrait making in years 10, 11 and 12 seamlessly extended into a Desert Festival youth arts project,” she said.

“During the festival, workshops with Centralian Middle School, Yipirinya School, Alice Outcomes and Centralian Senior College, helped create the entries.

“The multimedia artworks were shown in a pop-up exhibition and workshop space visited by 250 people.”

Centralian Senior College teacher Lucy Stewart said Ms Hooper has “developed skills in art production and the exhibition of young people’s portraiture”.

“The wide age range eligibility of Love a Local Portraiture Challenge, it’s openness to subject matter and the mediums for artistic expression, won it broad appeal,” she said.

“Future Desert Festivals will be enriched by the inclusion of this type of project, coordinated by a young person.”

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