D’faces receive funding

Whyalla’s youth will soon be given the chance to speak their mind about the current state of Whyalla through a new performance program by D’faces of Youth.

D’faces of Youth have received $6000 in funding as part of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which will go towards creating the project, titled “Where to From Here”.

Company manager Deb Hughes said Whyalla is experiencing a ‘very stressful’ time, and discussions about the city’s future are common among peers.

“But how do our kids feel about it, how does where you live shape your life and the person you become and how do these very significant changes effect your developing sense of identity?” she said.

“These are all questions we are going to explore and present as a piece of theatre.”

Ms Hughes said youth will be guided through the process of creating ‘original and exciting work’ by highly experienced theatre practitioner Claire Glenn.

The work will be presented in Whyalla and surrounds with a view to participating in Adelaide Fringe 2017.

Country Arts SA Chief Executive Officer Steve Saffell said the government’s Regional Arts Fund will support ‘many talented artists’ in regional South Australia to fulfill their artistic ambitions.

“The support provided by the fund will enable artists across the state to produce some significant artistic outcomes for the benefit of both the artists and the relevant communities.”

Local artists Penelope Jane Nolan and Donald McKenzie also received funding from the Regional Arts Fund, granted $3,000 and $9,672 respectively.

As part of an intiative titled “Recovery” Ms Nolan will bring together four highly skilled artists to mentor fifteen non-professional artists to create a multi-disciplinary exhibition that will highlight the positive impact of art in recovery. 

Mr McKenzie will be mentored by ceramist Andrew Allen as a range of ceramic making and building techniques as part of “Hot Rocks”.

A total of 15 projects in the state received funding.