Art

Heliopolis Youth Culture

HYC aims to create and deliver intriguing and creative art projects that will effectively engage with teenagers and young adults. The first phase of the Art Programme commences its activities in 2021 with a Mural Art Project titled “We are all a piece of the bigger picture.” This is a collaborative project, where participants will be encouraged to express their personal and emotive responses to current global issues through drawing, based on a critical reflection and discussion around contemporary artworks dealing with similar issues. This will culminate in a large, puzzle-shaped public mural, in which each participant will have added a piece of their own self and voice, as a way towards achieving a common goal of reaching out to the whole community through art.

Language: Greek or English
Age: 14-19

For the evolving older members will include beside the graphic hands-on part, an introduction to the philosophy of shapes and colors, as well as an introduction to ancient and sacred art.

Language: English
Age: 18+ (Adults)

Phase 1

Collaborative Mural Project

Mission / Statement

The art section of Heliopolis Youth Culture provides an opportunity for young adults to engage effectively with arts and culture, through which they can discover alternative ways of thinking, expressing and interacting. This art program, which targets teenagers aged 14-18 years old, can offer a neutral ground for the participants to uninhibitedly explore their relationship with the arts, escaping the often stressful and overwhelming routine that usually defines their lifestyle, especially at this age.

Focusing on current global issues that are often highly discussed through social media and visual culture in general, participants will be encouraged to critically think, analyze and interpret facts and debates related to these issues without the influence of the internet as an information filtering mechanism.

This will allow young adults to freely express their own perspectives and interpretations of these issues within an artistic framework, allowing the contextualization of artworks produced both conceptually and also in terms of practice or aesthetics. The program will begin by exploring the conceptual aspects that will consequently inform art-making during the next steps, providing common ground for participants to research, discuss and evaluate relevant information. 

The project will culminate in a collaborative public artwork that will showcase the participants’ research and personal understanding of the concept, while also encouraging constructive exchange of ideas, skills, and techniques.

Presenting their ideas through an artwork that is highly accessible to the wider public will potentially add new perspective to the nature of the artwork and consequently inform the participants’ understanding and future engagement with artistic practice.

Structure

We are all a piece of the bigger picture

The Mural

This puzzle-structured mural brings together all the pieces that are eventually joined to form a bigger picture, embodying the notion that we are all part of the problem but we can all become part of the solution too. Bringing forward discussions and debates around global issues through a creative and artistic frame, this mural will provide an opportunity for teenagers to transfer their own selves within the root of the problem, and collaboratively propose solutions or general thoughts, expressing their personal interpretations and understanding of the most important issues that the whole world is facing today. 

The idea of the puzzle is also a way to express visually the importance of collaboration as an effective way of building up towards a certain goal or mission, allowing each person to bring in a piece of their own self to the project. 

The Mural Art Project idea has been created by the visual artist Despina Petridou, who graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA Fine Art degree and an MScR Collections and Curating Practices degree.
www.despinapetridou.com

Evanthia Aresti

Is the Art session co-ordinator of Heliopolis Youth Culture’s Mural project. With a BA Fine arts degree and MA Fine & Applied arts practice from the University of Hertfordshire, and PGCE from Goldsmiths, University of London, Aresti is a mixed media artist with fifteen years experience teaching children  and adolescents; currently Head of the Art & Design Department of Xenion High School.