ExpressWay Arts

ExpressWay Arts is an initiative of Carclew undertaken jointly with the City of Onkaparinga which aims to nurture and invest in young people’s creativity in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.

Meeting every Friday at the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, ExpressWay Arts supports young creatives from the southern suburbs in developing their theatre and art making practices by equipping them with skills in acting, writing, devising, directing, filmmaking and more. ExpressWay Arts employs experienced professional artists to mentor the young ensemble.

ExpressWay Arts’ latest project is LockDown, an investigation and exploration of violence in schools as experienced by members of ExpressWay Arts. The project is facilitated by Lead Artist, Dr Sarah Peters and will result in a radio play which will then be translated into live performance for Adelaide Fringe in 2021. Using practice-led methodologies Sarah is researching best practice pedagogy for participant-led youth arts projects.


More about ExpressWays Arts

ExpressWay Arts is a joint initiative between Carclew and City of Onkaparinga to nurture young artistic leaders in the southern suburbs.

Through three core strategies to nurture and invest in young people’s voices in Onkaparinga, 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 2,500 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 has also seeded and supported a range of other projects, outcomes and new thinking in the Onkaparinga region. These include 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


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Tamara Lee Collins