The Social Outfit's Digital Print Project is an annual program designed to engage young people from refugee and new migrant communities throughout Western Sydney. In 2019, we returned to the Fairfield High School Intensive English Centre (home to our very first Digital Print Project) to work with a new group of twelve young people: Aakad, Afshan, Aoreana, Anibal, Anna, Christian, Katrina, Laver, Maryam, Rahaf, Sam and Valentina.
Students worked on their artworks over six weeks, creating people, animals, and the creative worlds in which they live. Each student got to practice familiar skills and try news ones too, across painting, drawing, weaving and collaging. Now, the Fairfield print brings together artwork from all twelve participating students, featuring tiny fish, jellyfish, squid, blossoms, trees, foliage, ladybugs, and sunsets!
The Digital Print Project included an excursion to Newtown (a new area for most project participants). The students met The Social Outfit's staff and spent some time in the workroom, learning about what happens in a social enterprise which manufactures fashion on site. We also visited Carriageworks to see contemporary Australian art exhibited as part of The National 2019.