Sunday 30 April saw the final PHAZE for this season! Artist Dan Dugan worked with 24 PHAZE participants to develop the design concept, plan and paint the wall next to Robert Crawford park and JB Hifi in Myaree.
There was a great response to the PHAZE project again this year with almost every session reaching capacity or having a wait list. This year also saw the number of female and younger participants increase. There was also a lot more family involvement with parents staying to help their children, which created a really nice community feel to the day. Dan even received a big hug from one young man because he was so pleased with his final “piece”.
While it seems like just a fun way to spend a day, regular legal painting opportunities in Perth are very rare. For some of these young people the project is an important way for them to connect as it gives them a real sense of pride and achievement.
PHAZE will be taking a break until September 2017 but not before a collaboration between Dan and volunteers from the Melville Volunteer Resource Centre at the Point Walter toilet block as part of National Volunteer Week, running from 12 to 18 May 2017. Watch this space for updates!
In the meantime, here are some images of the artwork created in Myaree on Sunday.