Belonging is a Whadjuk Noongar boodjar based community arts initiative with an aim to provide a safe space for artists to express ideas of self and identity, to make art, and have a voice - with a particular focus on platforming Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. The engagement of Belonging varies between hands-on workshops, online surveys, round-table discussions, exhibitions and more. Belonging began as a KickstART Exhibition & Workshop series for National Youth Week 2017 supported by Propel Youth Arts WA Inc. and the Office of Multicultural Interests. It is currently coordinated by Gabby Loo and Aisyah Aaqil Sumito, local emerging artist and curator.
Belonging is an ongoing community arts project that aims to:
1. To develop intercultural understanding through visual art forms.
2. To provide young people with the capacity to voice personal narratives.
3. To promote and support communities of culturally diverse youth.
4. To strengthen young people with the capacity for resilience, pride, and self-love through community expression.
Belonging wishes to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation and their Elders past and present. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
The Book of Belonging at Bentley Library for Refugee Week, supported by CAN Lotterywest Story Street.
The Book of Belonging with Morley Library for Harmony Week
The Book of Belonging (Ongoing)
Noongar Six Seasons Mirrabooka Community Mural
Workshops with SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning) Program