From 2010 — 2011, Sarah Catherine Firth was given the opportunity to be part of the Face to Face: Unity in Diversity Project through her Artist in Residency in Springvale. Her contribution to this project and the community was to empower young students from the ages of 5 — 12 to share their stories of everyday life in Springvale, through the medium of comic drawing.
The students from three schools participated in comic workshops with Sarah where they learnt comic drawing skills and how to tell their stories. From these initial workshops each school was given the opportunity to further expand on their comics. This culminated into the exhibition, which is comprised of three parts: the students comics about everyday life here, her comics about her experience in Springvale during the residency and this animated documentary with some of the students from the workshops, which you can see below.
If a YouTube animation isn’t apearing above, you can follow this link to see this great story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7voR250hGs
Face-to-Face is a community project which brings together people from diverse backgrounds to tell their stories about Springvale. For more information go to http://www.springvalestories.org.au.
You can find more about Sarah at her website here.