19 October 2023
Hill Top Community Centre became a platform for young creative minds to exhibit their talents recently. The showcase featured 20 exhibitors displaying 22 works of art, including paintings, photography, and live music performances. These works were the culmination of a 10-week creative drop-in program led by River Road Creative Academy, based in Tahmoor. The program received support from the Hill Top Community Association and Wingecarribee Shire Council, aiming to provide a nurturing environment for youth to explore various artistic mediums like urban art, music, and photography. Patrick Nellestein, owner of River Road Creative Academy, emphasised the importance of such exhibitions in allowing youth to articulate their unique perspectives through creative outlets. The paintings used a variety of techniques, from spray art to acrylic abstracts, revealing the artists' perspectives on their emotions and the world around them. Meanwhile, the photography on display showcased inventive use of light and exposure settings, resulting in images with embedded light figures. Music performances during the event involved improvised sessions structured in specific keys, enabling real-time creative expression and sound exploration. The works from the exhibition are also available for online viewing at River Road Creative Academy's website.