THE Foster Skate Park will be transformed during Victorian Youth Week this April. Manna Gum Community House have organised a project for young people to paint the park in partnership with local Gippsland visual artist and film maker Wayne Tindall. Wayne has worked on many other similar projects throughout Australia for local councils. He is bringing guest artist Heesco Khosnaran to mentor the young people and help them design the artwork. Heesco is a celebrated muralist and experienced street artist and has collaborated with Wayne on previous projects.
Victorian Youth Week is a week-long celebration of young people that runs from April 13-22. Events are organised to celebrate and recognise young people. The Foster event will be held from 10am-3pm on Sunday, April 22 at the Skate Park on Pioneer St. It is a free event and lunch will be provided.
There will also be a design workshop held at Community House on April 8 from 3-5pm. ‘We’ll be ordering pizzas and coming up with a mural concept with local young people. There is also a Facebook page set up especially for people to voice their ideas,’ said Rebecca Matthews, Manna Gum Community House Community Development Coordinator.
‘This project is all about giving young people in Foster and the surrounding district a unique experience. Having the park transformed is just a bonus. Young people will get a chance to be mentored by a professional artist. They will learn the difference between illegal graffiti and legal street art. Wayne is going to document the event with time lapse footage and interviews. The kids will be invited to watch the footage and the film edit that evening – which will be great for any local aspiring film makers,’
The New Foster Skate Park group are currently campaigning for a new, safer Skate Park for Foster and are giving their full support to this project. ‘Everyone wants a new park but in the meantime projects like this raise awareness and draw attention to the need for a new park,’ said Don Potschka from the New Foster Skate Park group.
For further information call 5682 1101 or visit the Facebook page @paintfosterskatepark.
The event is supported by the Victorian Government and South Gippsland Shire Council.