Across the first half of 2023, four brilliant Artists from Melbourne’s West have facilitated workshops with young people investigating fine art photography, filmmaking, theatre making, hiphop, spoken word and social media content making. With mentoring support from All The Queens Men, these Creatives unpack the ethics of engagement, the cultural significance of hair, making space for first timers on the mic and expressing perspectives and lived experiences of young people throughout Melbourne’ West.
wani toaishara is a multi-disciplinary artist, and performer working across photography, installation, and avant-garde video art. His practice explores ideas concerning Africans, Blackness, Statelessness, Indigeneity, and the effects of dislocation for those on the margins of movements and dialogues.
Tennessee Lavelle is a theatre maker and artistic leader who’s practice is rooted in decolonial and intersectional ways of working. By using co-design, consultation, collaboration and deep listening, they work to build and support community through process-driven rather than outcome-driven ways of working.
Jumess Dinanga is a Melbourne based artist and Founder / CEO of ‘Voice it out ‘ organisation, who focuses mainly in writing performance speeches that she shares in the hope of giving a voice to the voiceless.
Damon Paraha A.K.A. Nomad, is a Hip-Hop and Spoken Word artist from Melbourne’s western suburbs. Nomad is a multi-faceted, multi-hyphenated artist but at his core he is a proud community man intent on utilising his platform to represent his culture and encourage peers to chase their dreams and challenge the status quo.