Snapshots of Change


Snapshots of Change is a project undertaken by Governor Stirling Senior High School Art Teacher Elizabeth Phillips with local artists Steve Berrick and John Macliver as part of the Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Grants Program, delivered in Western Australia in partnership between Australia Council, the Department of Education (DoE) and the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA).

“ArtsEdge facilitates collaboration between the education, arts and cultural sectors. By creating opportunities through partnership, we aim to encourage, develop, promote and celebrate learning environments which spark creativity in young people and their school communities.”

“2011 sees the beginning of an exciting new phase for Governor Stirling Senior High School. $63 million has been allocated to rebuild the school into a show-piece for education in Western Australia. This new school is scheduled to become operational in 2013. For the 2011 and 2012 school years, Governor Stirling Year 8, 9 and 10 students will be at the Midland Campus, located on the corner of Morrison Road and William Street, Midland. Year 11 and 12 students are at the Bassendean Campus on Reid Street, Bassendean, next to Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.”

Snapshots of Change explores community identity and change in the historic Midland area, working with professional creative practitioners and utilising multiple technology based applications to transform and recontextualise traditional media for a contemporary showcase exhibition.

The outcome of the project is to create a series of works using a range of media in a documentary style to provide stimulus to the students. Using data driven visualisation and reinterpretation, students will learn valuable production skills as well as abstract applied creative thinking in the recontextualisation of traditional media for exhibition. The project includes a range of students and disciplines; visual arts, design, photography, media, music and dance, with a focus being on technical production as well as professional and creative practice. All created works will be showcased at an exhibition at the Midland Railway Workshops on the evening of July 6th, 2011.