Youths work with artists on collaborative work at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Fun: Youths worked with celebrated artists Emmanuel Asante (second from left) and Abdul Abdullah (at right) at Campbelltown Arts Centre this month. Picture: Simon Bennett
Fun: Youths worked with celebrated artists Emmanuel Asante (second from left) and Abdul Abdullah (at right) at Campbelltown Arts Centre this month. Picture: Simon Bennett

There's an exciting new piece of art on display at Campbelltown Arts Centre this month - and locals youths helped create it.

The piece, called Big Head, was created as part of Youth Week 2021.

Celebrated artists Emmanuel Asante and Abdul Abdullah (who is well known for several of his portraits, which have been finalists in the prestigious Archibald Prize) led the art workshops over two days - April 15 and 16 - to create and exhibit the colossal, collaborative community self-portrait.

Young people from Macarthur gathered at the arts centre to contribute their creativity and work as a team to piece the giant artwork together.

Mr Asante said he loved his time working on Big Head.

"It was a great experience for me," he said.

"Seeing the youth of Campbelltown participating in an art project brings joy to my heart. I look forward to seeing the exhibition of the artwork."

Mr Abdullah said things got "pretty crazy" as the creative juices flowed at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

"We had such a fun couple of days working with young people across the area on our Big Head project," he said.

"We collaborated, negotiated and experimented with different mediums to make a happy, monstrous portrait. I can't wait to see what it looks like exhibited."

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic the project was a great fit for the area.

"It's great to see the amount of talent we have among creative young people in Campbelltown," he said. "The arts centre is a place that celebrates local artist and the people who participated in this project can be proud of the work they've produced that is now on display for the wider public to see."

Arts centre director Michael Dagostino the workshops were designed to "nurture creativity and provide access to extraordinary creative experiences".

"It's fantastic to see young creatives get together and learn directly from practicing artists," he said.

The collaborative portrait Big Head is now on public display in the Arts Centre Foyer gallery.