As part of Hobsons Bay City Councils’ Art in Public Places 2017, Year 7 Art students were invited to participate in the “Altona in a Box” exhibition. The community arts project, which has been funded by Mobil Australia and the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, involved artists of all ages representing their ideas, memories, and thoughts about Altona through paint, stories, images and objects, within a recycled wooden box.
The 12 students from Helen Bacon’s Art class who participated were, Alfa Adem, Simone Bagaric, Monique Goldsworthy, Haylee Hua, Holly Naden, Max Nagy, Leila Nevzat, Brock Ronchetti, Maggie Sketcher, Tayla Terrens, Rebecca Wheat and Trinity Whittaker. The students were also assisted by a Student Teacher from Melbourne University, Samantha Sokolis, who guided the students in bringing their ideas out with the many materials available to them.
Students were encouraged to research the history of Altona, acknowledging the original owners of the land, as well as the how the name ‘Altona’ came to be. Many students had memories of the places they had visited, such as the beach, Pier Street, the wetlands and wildlife, and students who were not familiar with the area, had a wonderful opportunity to learn about their neighbouring suburb, as well as work with mixed media on a 3-dimensional object.
The students’ work is now being exhibited alongside other artists, at the Louis Joel Arts & Community gallery in Altona, until 28 September 2017.
Samantha Sokolis | Student Teacher from Melbourne University