Lesmurdie Senior High School
Reid Road, Lesmurdie
Western Australia 6076
Principal Kerry Chipchase
Australian Talented Youth Project
April 7th, 2016
Year 11 student Kaelee Hamlett was WA’s sole participant in this year’s Australian Talented Youth Project (ATY Project). The project, held in Canberra, provides a multi-arts mentoring program for young, emerging artists aged 16 – 25 years, especially those from remote and rural areas not readily able to access high level tutorship. It has developed the first national residential mentoring program, the main purpose of which is to assist development of young artists’ talent and skills within a collaborative, multidisciplinary model. The ATY facilitates cross-cultural exchange of ideas, development of community leadership skills and building young people’s supportive networks.
This year’s Many Worlds – One Heart Project brought together all major creative and performing arts – music, dance, visual art, creative writing, film production, and drama. After an intensive seven day residential mentoring program, the Project concluded with a performance at Parliament House fusing jazz with contemporary and Indigenous dance, vocal performance and digital arts.
‘It was a fantastic experience, the daily workshops were really worthwhile’, said Kaelee. ‘It made me really want to do something to combine my love of dance with my love of martial arts when I leave school’.