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ExpressWay Arts

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Expressway Arts aims to locate and support young artists and creatives in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Over the past 10 months, Carclew's Expressway Arts ensemble have been engaged in weekly filmmaking sessions with award winning filmmaker, Craig Behenna. They have been investigating and planning their own short film exploring the theme The Space Between; the space between being a child and an adult; the space between high school and university/employment; the space between the online and real worlds; the space between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; the space between positive and negative mental health and wellbeing; and any other issues that are identified by the group.

With storyboarding and pre-production complete, the ensemble participated in a week-long shoot during the April school holidays at locations within the Onkaparinga area. The final outcome will enable parents, teachers, youth service providers, and the local, national and international community to become more connected with and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing young people in the Onkaparinga community.

Keep an eye out for the screening of the final product in June at The Art Centre Port Noarlunga. Follow Carclew and Expressway Arts on social media for further updates.  Facebook | Instagram.

If you are a young person aged between 13 and 20 and want to join the Expressway Arts crew, send an email to Expressway Arts Creative Producer, Claire Glenn on


More about ExpressWays Arts

For the past 4 and a half years ExpressWay Arts has been a joint initiative between Carclew and City of Onkaparinga employing a 4 day a week Creative Producer to nurture young artistic leaders in the southern suburbs.

Through three core strategies to nurture and invest in young people’s voices in Onkaparinga, over these last 4 and a half years ExpressWay Arts has developed and delivered 5 umbrella projects which have collectively created and presented:
•    2 short films
•    3 performance experiences in public space
•    2 performance works in non-traditional venues
•    1 temporary public artwork
•    3 visual art exhibitions
•    1 song-writing project & 6 new songs
•    100s of workshops in creative writing, poetry, installation, acting, performance, voice, installation, design, sound, movement, circus and everything in between

96 young people (aged 11-27) co-created these projects with a collective commitment of over 1600 individual attendances. They made all of this happen at the same time as navigating a range of complex personal and community contexts. They collaborated with, and were supported by, 27 professional artists – 11 of who identify as emerging as per Carclew’s commitment to emerging and early career artists.

Over 2500 community members experienced the outcomes of this work - right here in Onkaparinga – as a result of ExpressWay Arts firm commitment to presenting work in the community of origin.

Through the embedded work of the ExpressWay Arts Creative Producer, ExpressWay Arts also seeded and supported a range of other projects, outcomes and new thinking in the Onkaparinga region.
This included workshops and performances at youth week events and council managed youth centres, a performance work with Hopgood theatre, street art projects, youth music projects, guest speaking, mentoring, connecting and always, always, quietly but fiercely advocating for young people to have space, ownership and agency.

And of course, you may or may not already know but Carclew continues to deliver and support a whole host of other projects, activities and outcomes in the southern suburbs through other partnerships. And City of Onkaparinga has a dedicated youth team AND a dedicated arts team driving some amazing opportunities for young people. So stay connected and keep the conversation alive.  Youth arts matters and we’re all in this together.

ExpressWay Arts is an initiative of Carclew undertaken jointly with City of Onkaparinga and assisted by Government of South Australia through Arts SA.

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