Marist Youth Care artists create moving mural


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'When Moved We Learn' - the mural created by four young people from Marist Youth Care.

The Blacktown community and rail commuters have celebrated the unveiling of a new railway station entrance mural created by four young people from Marist Youth Care (MYC).

The new Blacktown community carpark entrance has been hand-painted with a moving, custom-made 30m x 3m mural.

The Mayor of Blacktown Cr Alan Pendleton and Cr Russ Dickens unveiled a plaque near the colourful railway station entrance on Thursday 31 May, acknowledging the four MYC young people - Paige, Katy, Enua and Josh - for their participation in the planning, designing and creation of the mural.

"Blacktown Council spends more than $850,000 each year removing graffiti. This mural will enhance the new community carpark entrance for all who pass this way," Cr Pendleton said.

Also attending the celebration were Aboriginal professional street artists Danny Eastwood and Jake Soewardie, who presented the young people with gifts to encourage them to continue with their art.

‘When Moved We Learn’

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Tom McDonald with young artists Katy, Josh and Paige.

The young people, from Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Hebersham and Penrith, are part of MYC’s Specialist Homeless Services Program.

Each young artist contributed to the mural their interpretation of what they have learnt from their journey as an individual, and each piece was brought together into the collaborative piece.

MYC CEO Cate Sydes said the Mural Project was initiated by Transport for NSW to acknowledge the patience and understanding shown by MYC during the construction phase of the carpark.

"The title of the piece - 'When Moved We Learn' - incorporates the transport theme assigned to the project," Cate said.

"This project has provided a rare chance for these young people to be part of a practical learning process and to gain respect for this art form, as well as making a positive contribution to their local community."

The Mural Project’s planning and painting skills phase, including approval of the design by RailCorp, began in February followed by four painting sessions until completion in May. During the mural painting period, the young people took responsibility for their individual sections and worked eight-hour days in their own time over three consecutive Saturdays.

Aisling Dowling from Marist Youth Care SHS programs said the concept for the piece centres around the young peoples’ thoughts about the journey they go on when taking public transport and what they learn from their journey.

"Through discussion the group conceptualised an inspirational title in order to provoke thought in their community," Aisling said.

Tom McDonald from Marrickville Youth Resource Centre was the Lead Artist on the project.

"I have enjoyed offering these young people a vehicle which allows them to express themselves creatively as part of a supportive team and gain recognition and praise within their community and hopefully create a sense of belonging for them," Tom said.

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