Subtext: Art for Literacy is an intensive art project that merges arts with the written word to provide a powerful means for young people of refugee background to express the complex, diverse aspects of their pasts, presents and futures.
Engagement with the arts has proven social and cognitive value, and can play a role in connecting individuals to community and giving a voice to the marginalised and disenfranchised. Subtext: Art for Literacy provides refugee youth with inspiring and talented arts mentors, who provide productive spaces in which students are able to explore new, creative ways to express their experiences and ideas.
In recognising the enormous power to connect to people and our own internal voice through written language and the arts, ALNF encourages students to use any language and art form, without restrictions or censorship to express themselves and tell their stories.
This artistic process becomes a way to facilitate conversations, communication skills, language development, reflective practice and literacy. In addition, the medium of art allows young refugees to communicate personal, often difficult experiences that may otherwise be difficult to express, and can be an important step towards coming to terms with past traumas.
Hungry Workshop, Bone Digital and Pop & Pac have brought together twenty-six design studios, creatives and artists together for a fun, collaborative event for a good cause.
Twenty-six designers, artists and creators have each designed one letter of the alphabet for an exhibition, and a series of limited edition letterpress prints.
All profits will go to support the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s ‘Subtext: Art for Literacy’ program. This is an intensive art project that merges arts with the written word to provide a powerful means for young people of refugee background to express themselves and tell their stories.
Because we’re all design enthusiasts, the design of each letter corresponds to an assigned design principle as well as an emotion.
In combining design principles with emotions we hope to articulate the range of emotions (positive and negative) experienced by individuals who struggle with literacy and numeracy. The history of letterpress is intimately tied with the democratisation of the written word and we want to play a part on continuing that history.
We are selling the prints online for two weeks prior to the exhibition, for pick-up at the exhibition or delivery from 16th December. On Thursday 12th December, we’ll be exhibiting the prints, selling the limited edition prints (if there are any left) and auctioning 26 one-of-a-kind special edition letterpress prints. The one-of-a-kind prints will only be available on the exhibition night – don’t miss it!
We’re offering flat-rate shipping for each order (no matter how many letters you order!):
$5 for domestic shipping (via Australia Post, ~3-4 business days)
$9 international (via Australia Post, delivery dependant on destination)
You can also select pick-up to collect your prints at the exhibition (on 12/12) from Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood or from Hungry Workshop in Northcote during the week of 16/12 to 19/12.
Leave your bid, name and phone number on the silent auction line sheets, live at the exhibition. Bidding closes at 9pm, and if you’re the lucky winner, you’re welcome to take your print home with you at the end of the exhibition at 9.30pm. If you have to leave before the end, you’re welcome to pick your print up from Hungry Workshop in Northcote during the week of 16/12 to 19/12.
Come along to the silent auction! There will be a one-of-a-kind framed print of each letter, letterpress printed in metallic silver on hand made black paper by Dodgy Paper. Each of these prints will be housed in a custom frame made by United Measures.
The exhibition is on Thursday 12 December at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood from 6.30pm.
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