Gunners Place youth centre mural
Led by Bohie Palecek
Supported by Northside Community Service, Barnardos and The Multicultural Hub
Thanks to the donations of our patrons, Gunners Place truly feels like a safe space for young people. Seven young women from Harrison, Amaroo and Gold Creek Schools worked with Bohie to design and create the artwork over three weeks. As inspiration, they brainstormed what safe space looked like to each of them, and what a safe space that was accessible and inclusive of everyone would look like. The final design brings all these elements together and features nature, music, art and human connection.
Through participating in this project, the participants had the opportunity to learn new skills in the design and execution of a large-scale artwork, working with an established street artist and making new connections within their own local community. The mural is now a visible symbol of the role of Gunners Place as a welcoming and safe space for all young people who need somewhere to go where they can just be themselves.
Bohie was supported by Northside Community Service, Barnardos and The Multicultural Hub to work with a group of young people at the brand new pop-up youth drop-in centre in Gungahlin, to create a mural that reflects the ideas and identity of the people who use the space.
Bohie has over a decade of experience creating commercial designs and public art projects in Victoria, South Australia, NSW and the ACT. She is a street artist, fine artist and a project facilitator. Bohie is passionate about expressing authentic storytelling in the public arena.
She is an advocate for sensitivity within the public realm, challenging superficial solutions with courageous and deeply considered designs and a strong advocate for female mentorship within the business of creativity, community culture and mental wellbeing in all areas of her work. Bohie has run large scale community-led public art projects through various governments at both a local and state level.
The youth space is co-managed by Northside Community Service, Barnardos and The Multicultural Hub who supported the mural project by providing materials, space to work and group supervision. These organisations have responded to a demonstrated need for a youth centre in the Gungahlin community, and are looking forward to being able to better connect with young people in the region.