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A fun evening of Art, drinks, nibbles, good company and great conversation.

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Stories can be powerful and when all the project elements come together, creative community projects can really pack a punch.

Join us for a relaxed sun-downer showcasing three exceptional creative projects that celebrate diverse voices in our communities. Find out about the process and practice driving the projects and the role of creative producers to provide a platform to share these voices.

When: 18 October 2018
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Where: King Street Arts Centre,
Level 1, Meeting Room (large)
Cost: $10 // FREE for CAN members (not a member? join today)

Bookings essential

Hear from Caroline Wood, Director for Centre for Stories about the Bright Lights, No City Project sharing stories of rural LGBTQIA youth; Ashley Yihsin Chang, Turner Galleries about the Guanyin in the South West: A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth project and Jess Wraight of CAN about the Clay Boodjar Exhibition, Art & stories from the York Noongar Community.

For further information: 9226 2422 or

Bright Lights, No City

Bright Lights No City, is a storytelling project involving young LGBTQIA+ people from country WA. Through a series of workshops with Oral Storytelling Trainer, Sisonke Msimang, and Writing Expert, Susan Midalia, the participants produced written and oral stories about their experiences growing up in regional communities as sexually diverse young people.

On the 17th May 2018, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, six storytellers shared their stories in an intimate and relaxed setting at the Centre for Stories.


Presenter: Caroline Wood – Director for Centre for Stories

Caroline Wood has a strong background in publishing, community engagement and communication. She held senior positions at the University of Western Australia and served on the Board of Amnesty International Australia. She manages corporate and community relationships, sponsorship, funding raising and program implementation at the Centre for Stories

Guanyin in the South West: A Portrait of Taiwan in Perth

In this project, a community of Perth Taiwanese women shared their stories with local female artists in a process fostering cultural understanding. Through the various stages of the project, the Taiwanese women were invited to share a significant object from their home with the local artists, participate in workshops and cultural tours and then take part in an exhibition of the local artists, who produced works based on their exchange with the Taiwanese women.

How can we talk about our own culture and understand each other through an object?

The exhibition focused on the diverse responses to this intriguing question by a group of forty-four women. Initiated by Ashley Yihsin Chang, the project focuses on a group of 22 women from the Perth Taiwanese community who have been actively engaged with 22 local artists over the last year. The aim of this project was to foster a dialogue built around an object that each Taiwanese woman has brought with her from Taiwan and is reflective of the culture of her home country.

Exhibition – Mundaring Arts Centre   |   Official opening photos   |   2018 Perth-Taipei Residency Exchange Program

Presenter: Ashley Yihsin Chang – Turner Galleries

Ashley has worked as an art curator, arts manager, coordinator in government institutions and community arts centers, and as an art consultant in Taiwan for over 20 years.



Clay Boodjar

After running its Rekindling Stories on Country program with the York Noongar community for one year, CAN launched the Clay Boodjar pop up exhibition in the main street of WA’s first inland town on Ballardong country.

The exhibition showcases a range of stories from York shared through clay works, diorama and animation sharing personal stories of the York Reserve and the history of the Noongar farm workers. CAN transformed an empty shop into a gallery space for five weeks that was hosted by community members, with storytelling and language events, enabling the wider community and tourists to engage with lesser-known stories of the area.

Program Manager Jessica Wraight will give insight into the project’s process in terms of working with the community to platform chosen stories, the role of art and design in social change, and working with community assets to re imagine place.

Presenter: Jessica Wraight – CAN Creative Producer

Jess coordinates projects in regional communities that support people to share both personal and collective community stories through visual arts, oral histories and theatre.



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