Mission Australia and the City of Perth have joined forces to host an exhibition of artworks by young people being supported through the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) and Youth Beat.
DAYS provides a detox facility in East Perth, along with a supervised accommodation facility in Carlisle where young people receive counseling and learn life skills. DAYS is a partnership between Mission Australia and the State Government’s Next Step Drug & Alcohol Youth Service.
The Youth Beat team identifies and removes young people at risk from the streets of Perth, Northbridge and the south eastern suburbs between the hours of 10pm to 5am Thursday to Sunday and returns them to a safe place. It also connects young people and their families to longer-term support programs.
Mission Australia WA State Director Melissa Perry said the art project was an initiative of youth services staff to help young people at risk deal with issues in their lives and build self-esteem through creativity.
She thanked the City of Perth for helping to bring the artwork to a wider audience by providing a building in William Street as a ‘pop-up’ style art gallery.
“These young people are going through all number of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, family breakdowns, mental health problems and homelessness; often a combination of these issues at the same time,” Ms Perry said.
“Allowing them to express their emotions through art is a great creative outlet and some of the artwork is very powerful.
“We’ve been running this project for some time now and it’s terrific to be able to share the work with the Perth community.”
The Mission Australian youth art exhibition will be held from 3-6pm next Tuesday, 23 April at 246 William Street Perth. Twitter users visiting the exhibition are encouraged to use the hash tag #MissionArt