Leeming Skate Park to Enter a New ‘Phaze’
The City of Melville is pleased to announce PHAZE – its community art project aimed at engaging young people aged 12 to 25 to create their own artwork at Leeming Skate Park – will be back on a monthly basis from Sunday, 4 October over the warmer months.
All young people are encouraged to get involved – but they must register as the 16 places available will fill up quickly. Anyone interested in watching the team in action is also invited along to the skate park, on Farrington Road, Leeming, between 10.30am and 3.00pm on the day.
PHAZE will also be held on Sunday, 1 November, 6 December and 24 January. It will then run on the last Sunday of the month from February to April 2010. Registration will be required for each of these events.
Youth Engagement Officer (YEO) Craig Stephenson said PHAZE involved professional urban artist Dan Duggan, an assisting artist and a YEO supervising and supporting young people to create their own artwork using aerosols. “All materials, including respirators, are provided free of charge for participants,” he said.
“PHAZE, in its third year, has provided many opportunities for young people, including participation in the Public Transport Authority’s urban art projects at both Bull Creek and Murdoch Train Stations. It has also led to young people’s participation in the Illuminate art exhibition, which was held at the City’s Heathcote Museum and Gallery from April to May 2009,” he said.
Mayor Russell Aubrey said PHAZE gave local young people an opportunity to unleash their creativity in a legal forum, and at the same time be inspired and mentored by professional urban artists. “Over the years, the PHAZE project has received much positive feedback from the community. It has given the young people involved a sense of pride and ownership for what they have worked so hard to achieve,” he said.
The PHAZE project began after local skate park users approached the City of Melville with a 250-signature petition, requesting a legal graffiti wall. After research into similar walls, it was decided to try an alternative option that would better suit the facility and the community. The first paint-off took place in May 2007.
To register for PHAZE or to find out more information about the program, contact Craig Stephenson on phone 9364 0662 or email email@example.com. For general information about what the City provides to cater for its young people, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/youth.