Co-funded and managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA, the role of the Creative Producer Regional Youth was created to connect and champion creative people aged 12 – 26 living across regional South Australia.
As a daughter of the regions, Alysha Herrmann slipped naturally into the role. Alysha now works as the Statewide Regional Manager and Riverland Coordinator at Writers SA. She is an experienced and award winning youth arts practitioner, artist and arts worker.
In collaboration with young people and their communities, Alysha developed specific and targeted projects and programs to build the creative capacity of new generations of creative leaders. Following the successful Youth Arts Faciliatator Hothouse, Alysha developed ART SQUAD, a cohort of nine young, regional South Australians. ART SQUAD is a creative youth program built to identify and nurture the next generation of creative leaders in regional South Australia. Initiated through a partnership between Carclew and Country Arts SA, ART SQUAD generated and delivered creative projects in their community and support other members to do the same in their own regions.
Express Media, in partnership with Carclew and Country Arts SA have developed and launched Toolkits: Regional Playwriting. A 12-week, step-by-step program brings together play theory, practical exercises, script study, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young regional writers through the ins and outs of playwriting.
Follow Alysha's travels by reading her blog at The Dirt - Diary of a regional producer
If you or your organisation is interested in supporting creative outcomes by young people living in regional communities, we welcome you to get in touch to discuss further.
Lucy Markey, Senior Manager, Marketing & Development
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone 08 8230 1118 / 0411 106 257
A workshop series for regional South Australian actors and writers aged 15-18 to sink their teeth into theatre and writing conversations with like-minded peers. Sign up here.
Mono Club is a virtual book-club exploring the monologues created at Writing Place and published in This Was Urgent Yesterday. Over the course of 8 weekly workshops, participants will delve deep into each of the fourteen monologues guided by co-facilitators Alyson Evans (she/her) and Kirste Vandergiessen (she/her).
Sessions will include:
Mono Club will be delivered fully online enabling young actors and writers from anywhere in regional South Australia to participate.
Weekly workshops will occur at 6pm on Mondays (commencing 3 August) and occur over Zoom, requiring a computer and internet access.
There is no cost to participate in Mono Club.
CLICK HERE to sign up for Mono Club now.
Mono Club is supported by the Australia Government through the Australia Council, it's arts funding and advisory body.
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Delivered online for regional South Australians aged 18-26, Make Games Now is a program bringing together aspiring video game developers to make their first games! An interest in games is needed but no experience is necessary, we’ll be starting from the very start. Are you a musician, fancy yourself an artist, weaver of stories, or interested in tech? Apply right here.
Make Games Now is a month-long program to introduce aspiring game developers to each-other, and to tools, ideas and examples that can kickstart their own game development journey. The program will be co-delivered by lead facilitator Maize Wallin (they/them), with Creative Producer Alysha Herrmann (she/her) and selected guest artists.
Make Games Now runs 1 - 31 August
The program will be delivered fully online enabling aspiring game developers aged 18-26 from anywhere in regional South Australia to be involved.
All participants will have access to a dedicated Discord channel during and after the program to continue building their network.
Weekly workshops will occur over Zoom.
There is no cost to participate in Make Games Now.
CLICK HERE to sign up for Make Games Now.
Registrations close 31 July.
This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund Strategic Initiatives, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.and the Australia Council, the Australia Government's arts funding and advisory body.
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“Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.” – Anne Frank, 1942.
Everyone has stories, some large and some very small. Sometimes our seemingly small stories can have the power to become the most powerful.
In November 2020, Country Arts SA and Carclew brought together 10 young writers aged 16-26 living in the Riverland to document and explore their stories through a series of exploratory workshops.
I Feel Like Writing was a mini-project to engage with and inspire local young creative writers to share their words and perspectives about the world around them. The project parallels the Chaffey Theatre screening and exhibition of Anne Frank: Parallel Stories as a launching point to explore what is meaningful to the lives of young people in the Riverland here and now.
Participants will began their writing journey with the screening and exhibition of Anne Frank: Parallel Stories at the Chaffey Theatre. They then participated in a series of weekly workshops, followed by a period of independent writing, mentor feedback from local writers Kirste Vandergiessen (she/her) and Stuart Watkinson (he/him), and with guest writer Roz Bellamy (they/them). The outcome of the project was shared with an invited audience in April 2021.
Art Squad is a two year program for creative people aged 18-23 living in regional, rural or remote South Australia. Nine squad members from across the state were selected through a competitive application process in 2018 and the program will conclude in October 2020.
Art Squad provides support, networks and skills development to navigate all the ‘bits’ of bringing to life creative project ideas. Bits like putting together a budget, applying for grants, planning a project, marketing and evaluation, facilitation and leadership skills, collaborating with other artists, building new networks and creating a career path for the future.
The squad meet weekly online and have access to 1:1 support from the Creative Producer as they navigate and explore their own individual creative journeys.
“I started my own journey into the arts as a 19 year old through a regional youth arts project in 2004. I’ve been so lucky since then to have incredible mentors and opportunities to develop my own skills and a meaningful career as a regional artist and arts worker,” said Alysha.
“Art Squad is about deliberately identifying and nurturing the next generation of regional creative leaders as they forge their own pathways. It’s about providing them with all the connections and opportunities I had and hopefully a few that I didn’t.”
The squad met for the first time face to face as a whole group in March 2019, you can see a small snapshot of their four days together in Adelaide here.
MEET THE SQUAD
Lyall Ware- Campbell (19) Ceduna
Lyall is a proud Aboriginal man and the oldest of 6 siblings. His skill set is in digital media (film, photography, audio, music making) and he is passionate about setting up a local media centre. He has been working with the Far West Languages Centre based in Ceduna creating short documentaries and photography. Lyall hopes to improve his skills in digital media through both filming and photography. He also hopes to give back to the community and show the younger generation that there's more to life.
Ashton Filmer (23) Wudinna
Ashton experienced a very serious head on car collision on the 16th August 2013, which left him with huge amounts of broken bones in his legs and had him wheelchair bound for over 12months and with a permanent brain injury. Some basic artistic skills were there before the accident however the major artistic streak came out due to a left side brain injury where Ashton’s creative part on his right side was realised.
Ashton now uses muralist and visual arts to express his talent. His art started as part of his rehabilitation at Hampstead Rehab Centre in Adelaide and Ashton has continued art further on a daily basis. Ashton would like to express creative cartoon murals further and produce these in his local community and nearby communities (Minnipa). Art is something Ashton really enjoys and would like to express it further and learn more talents in the process.
Belili Valkyrie (20) Port Lincoln
Belili is a creative leader in her local community contributing her time to youth arts group Passionis Productions and their visual arts group and to MTC Dance. Belili was born in Port Lincoln but is a dual UK citizen. She sees herself as a citizen of the world but is deeply committed to supporting Port Lincoln to thrive in any way she can. Belili attended the Carclew and Country Arts SA Youth Arts Facilitator HotHouse in Whyalla.
Eliza Wuttke (22) Port Lincoln
Eliza is inspired by art with purpose and has always been a maker, doer and creator. Throughout her childhood she dreamed of being an inventor extraordinaire and can usually be found in the shed, behind her sewing machine or experimenting in the kitchen. Eliza would love to see the development of a maker space in her community where people can connect, experiment and innovate. Eliza loves living in regional SA and values art and creativity for the wellness of herself and her community.
Matilda Sweeney (19) Whyalla
Matilda is always making. She loves trying different art mediums and some of her favourites have been paper art, quilling, mosaics, land art, felting and textiles. Matilda is dyslexic – which has only made her more creative – and she is studying to be an early childhood teacher. Matilda wants to work with the local council to create some street or land art and she is especially interested in exploring mosaic furniture.
Nathan Woodrow (18) Renmark
Nathan is an entrepreneur and creative thinker. He founded clothing label Ryde Clothing when he was only 16, which now sells online and through six stores in South Australia and one in NSW. Nathan is interested in the intersection between business and creativity and wants to create a summer festival inspiring people to do what they love. He is also interested in exploring film and podcasting.
Ashleigh Darrie (21) Encounter Bay
Ashleigh is a proud Kokatha woman who is passionate about contemporary Aboriginal art. She is a painter and make-up artist who loves everything glitter. She discovered her love for art in 2015, shortly after graduating high school and has grown from there!
Ashleigh is interested in the idea of forming a ‘mural crew’ who travel from township to township, spreading colourful joy through rural communities. She has always believed that the best way to show communities that young people ‘aren’t the problem’ or aren’t ‘trouble makers’ is to show these young people making a difference IN the community, for everyone. This could be in the form of a youth advisory committee or a mural crew.
Isaac Doman(19) Kingscote
Isaac is an emerging film-maker based on Kangaroo Island. He is currently writing a script about a young person who wishes to improve the world’s problems with clones, but the results prove to be the polar opposite. Isaac is also a keen photographer. Isaac was diagnosed with Autism and is proud of his unique perspectives and determination. Isaac participated in the early phase of Art Squad before relocating to Adelaide to undertake fulltime studies at MAPS Film School in 2019.
Zawadi Rashidi (23) Mount Gambier
Zawa loves to dance and wants to share her passion for dancing. She is passionate about bridging the gap between her African community and the wider community of Mount Gambier and beyond. Zawa wants to create a dance & music video that will tell her story beginning as a one-year old refugee in the Congo and coming to Australia.
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Diary of a Creative Producer is a blog sharing the adventures, lessons, creative discoveries and behind-the-scenes insights on the road with Carclew & Country Arts SA’s Creative Producer Regional Youth, Alysha Herrmann.
The Creative Producer Regional Youth is a statewide position nurturing and supporting creative leaders, thinkers, makers, doers and explorers in their teens and early twenties (26 and under) living in regional, rural & remote South Australia.
The role of the Creative Producer Regional Youth is to:
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"This Was Urgent Yesterday" is a collection of single-actor scripts written by and for young people from regional Australia. It is the culmination of Writing Place, a 9-day residency for 14 emerging regional playwrights that took place in 2019.
This Was Urgent Yesterday has now been published by Currency Press. It is a collection of ten-minute monologues for teenage performers that speak to the experience of being a young person living in regional Australia.
It’s Not A Bad Word by Emma Richardson
This Is Yours by Lily Hensby
Abyss by Isidora Pandilovska
Crossroads and Dusty Boots by Jordan Clayden-Lewis
Like Butter by Wallea Eaglehawk
I Wore Heels, So She Wore Heels by Lisa Semmler
Australian Strays by Rebecca Duke
All But You Who Looked At Me And Smiled by Charlotte Smith
On Burning Day by Michal I. Hughes
I Need Gourmet by Danielle Aquilina
The Appointment by Rosemary Cann
I Found You by Cate Robbins
Swallows by Betty Sweetlove
Where Does It Hurt? by Alex Travers
This Was Urgent Yesterday provides scripts suitable for secondary students and youth theatre ensembles keen to perform regional stories.
Now avaliable for purchase from Currency Press
This Was Urgent Yesterday
Livestreamed via YouTube & Facebook
7 – 8:30pm (ACST), Thursday 4 June 2020
The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is an annual gathering of young writers. A place to show work, share ideas, and learn. The programs are free, and made by and for young writers who create across stage, page, web and beyond.
In 2020, the program will feature the writers of This Was Urgent Yesterday.
Alex Travers, Betty Sweetlove, Cate Robbins, Charlotte Smith, Danielle Aquilina, Emma Richardson, Isidora Pandilovska, Jordan Clayden Lewis, Lily Hensby, Lisa Semmler, Michal I Hughes, Rebecca Duke, Rosemary Cann, Wallea Eaglehawk.
Over 9 days, 14 emerging regional writers aged 18-26 from across Australia gathered to learn, connect and write, mentored by leading Australian playwrights Caleb Lewis, Mary Anne Butler and Emily Steel. During Writing Place each participant created a short monologue for teenage performers. With the support of Arts South Australia, invited industry and local guests will join the participants and mentors for a behind-the-scenes reading of the works on Monday 9 September. A selection of the scripts will be published in a print collection available to schools and youth theatres in 2020.
We need to tell more stories that celebrate and explore the complex, dynamic, courageous, frustrating, joyful and sometimes mundane heart that is regional Australia. The best people to tell those stories are regional writers.
Writing Place was established in response to consultation with young people and teachers from regional South Australia who expressed concern over the lack of scripts for teenagers that reflect the lives and circumstances of regional young people in the here and now. The little new work that does exist for teenagers in Australia tends to by written by or focused on metropolitan and East Coast experiences. There is a need for performance work that reflects the landscape, attitudes and experiences of regional Australia.
Writing Place was inspired by Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio, an annual program in NSW which has been developing young playwrights for over a decade. Alumni of National Studio, established in 2008, are now seeing their work presented on mainstages across Australia. Drawing on Australian Theatre for Young People’s experience and using the combined knowledge and expertise of Carclew and Country Arts SA, Writing Place is a deliberate investment in an emerging generation of regional Australian storytellers.
For further information please contact Alysha on 0416 267 391 or email@example.com
Senior Manager, Arts Programs
08 8230 1112