Its Nearly Time!!!

Less than a month to go and the streets of Launceston will be alive with youth art again.

The team has been working hard at finalising all the exciting projects for this years’ festival and we have some exciting updates for you. The festival program is now available on the Streets Alive website, so get your copy now! Join the umbrella momentum and break a Guinness record!!!

Umbrella’s: colourful objects designed to protect us from the elements‐ come rain or sun the umbrella will keep us safe! But an umbrella is also something that creates a defined space around us: an intimate space we can chose to protect or share and therefore the perfect motif to respond to our 2010 festival theme of What is space? Using the umbrella as a physical manifestation of ‘individual space’, the project umbrella momentum is the platform to express ideas of how individuals and as groups feel and interact with their individual and intimate space.

The umbrella momentum during streets alive has two components: Umbrellas in movement: Look out for Umbrellas as they are used in our various art trails and performances throughout the seven day festival which will culminate into a colourful and imaginative street party with dancers and acrobats to create a mass Umbrella image aimed at breaking a Guinness record.

Be involved All Ages All Abilities for the Streets Alive Flash Mob to be held on the street on Sunday 29th August.

Umbrella Installations: Groups of artists and young people are designing umbrellas artistically to
express their experiences of space. These umbrellas’s will then be utilised in numerous visual art
installations across Launceston city.
Many local artists are currently working on umbrella works including Andrew Sheperdson who is
creating a large 3D sculpture, responding to the umbrella as a protection device. Textile artist Sonja
Hinudram is creating an umbrella style dress with water droplets made of glass while Michelle and
Alvin Kirby‐Brown are decorating Umbrella’s in trees, and Ralf Haertel will install Umbrella’s in space
in the mall.
Design an umbrella and help fund the studio!
We are inviting artists to design umbrella’s which can be auctioned and the funds will help keep the
Access arts studio going. So come stand under our Umbrella..ella..ella….to know more or
participate email us at


The White Box is an interactive performance space: part livingInstallation, part experimental performance!Featuring a huge array of exciting musicians, live painting,short performances, circus, hip‐hop, visual art, and manymore surprises. This event will create opportunities for youngand emerging artists to showcase their work in a friendly andsupportive format, along with some big name interstateartists that will work with the budding performers.This project is produced and organised by local emergingproducers. The performances appear daily after school hoursg people who would not normally attend events and allowpeople from rural areas to participate before commuting out of town. This White Box concept wasfirst developed by Manic Productions, with bands and DJ’s featured inside a small box, with camerason the inside streaming to projections out in the audience space. The band knows there is an audience but they cannot see them: A One Way Fishbowl!in the afternoon to reach local youn

Out of the Blue: Get on board! Get Dancing!Streets Alive is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Youth beyondblue which willenable the return of the Indigenous Hip Hop Project (IHHP) team to Tasmania. During Youth Week inApril IHHP rocked Launceston with high‐energy performances and workshops that saw theunearthing of some amazing local talent.

Lots more great activities to come! Full Festival details now avaiable on our website!


Busy weeks ahead!

We are all busy at the studio, as the year races towards the Streets Alive Festival 2010 in August. Here is a brief view of what we have got happening now.


  • Climate change – making a Difference. workshops begin this week

A very exciting new contemporary dance work created by a select group of grade 5/6 students from Northernprimary Schools discussing, collaborating and presenting a work about Climate change – making a difference.  First Workshop

Inspired from the literature A map of a Dream of the Future, the 20 minute work will look at giant ice-burgs, inventive ways of transport, sustainable living to name only a few issues we are consistently faced with.  Performed as part of 2010 Streets alive Youth arts festival the outdoor performance at Royal Park will take audience members on a physical and emotional journey.
Jay Watson Artistic director.

  • Mandala Walk – (Round about, Train Station, Shop Front, Paste ups, Boags Window)

A Mandala is a circle. The walk showcases interpretations of Mandalas in a variety of media and sizes connecting Inveresk to City Park, by artists from Access Arts Link. When asked ‘what does a mandala mean to you?’ AAL crew responded; ‘It is a relaxing art form’, ‘the circle structure unlocks freedom in the work ’, ‘a circle is a sacred space’, ‘it’s a place to draw your thoughts or worries’.

  • Knitted Graffiti – Knit the City – Knitted Garden – Knit Graffiti – Giant Tea Cosy – Outside the Square
  • Traffic GraffiX – turning Launceston’s power boxes into works of Art.
  • Body Spaces – Filmed crew moving and gesturing in space with LED lights. Images will be part of an installation at either Launceston Pathology or LGH.

  • Umbrella Momentum – Invite SA artists to each design an umbrella which will be installed for the festival then auctioned for a fund raiser. Check out the umbrellas!
  • STOP Sculptural Talking Rubbish Bin –Solar Box is being made at student workshop.
  • Dino Chair – Constructed by Polytechnic Metals students & staff.

  • Fresh off the Easel Programpromoting the studio at Streets Alive in a series of cafes and develop a series of Postcards from artwork a part of Social Enterprise program. Cafes: Fresh, Café Mode, Choose. Check Blue
  • Choose CAFÉ – this month featuring Louisa & Lars CHANGE
  • Body as a Canvas Exhibition –enSight Light Box Launceston, New Zealand, Streets Alive – Genders Laneway, Art from the margins
  • SA Website Working with students at the Polytechnic, our new website is looking fantastic! Keep an eye out as we will be launching soon!

Streets Alive – Art Traces In Our Public Spaces
The Streets Alive Arts Trail Walking Tour highlights artwork that has been made by local artists to engage and stimulate community participation in our public spaces.  From Inveresk to the City Centre, on the streets, in the parks and laneways this tour includes permanent sculptures, knit graffiti, interactive installations utilising textiles, large-scale digital images, umbrellas, laughter and performance art.

If you would like to get involved with any of these projects, please go here. We are still looking for participants, and would be super excited to have you on board!

Body Space


  • Body Spaces

Abstract Image Body Spaces by Ralf

Comments re filming

Gerard Inspired me to do more acting

We need to do more performances here in Launceston.

Jordon I loved it….I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rita Fun, creative and somewhat nerve racking at times.

Kay It was beautiful even underneath the darkness.

Becci I felt sick.

Louisa It allowed me to develop new skills.

I like being a team player.

Minna It was a long day which presented some challenges for stamina and focus.

Working behind the camera allowed me to relax rather than in front of a live audience.

Donna I liked working in front of the camera in comparison to presenting to a live audience.

I want to do it again.

Bodhi It as really good.

Loved the look of the lights and the umbrellas in the lights.

Malia Everyone stuck through and worked hard!  Camera man and everyone was very patient; cool effective very fun to all work together

Jay Seeing the dancers in front of the camera gave everyone a different energy of working. The focus and attention to detail was outstanding. I enjoyed being able to work in this medium as it was interesting adapting physical performance into filmic form.

I loved it. Laughter…


Standby and action.

It’s a rap.

  • Knit Graffiti

Knitting Workshop at The Studio!

We are still looking for knitting enthusiasts, or people who would like to try their hand at knitting, to get involved!

Contact Kim

Thank you to all those who have been involved so far this year.

WANTED ALIVE……creative enthusiasts for Streets Alive 2010

Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival 2010
August 24-30, 2010
Launceston, Tasmania

Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival 2010August 24-30, 2010Launceston, Tasmania

Welcome to Streets Alive 2010

Your space, my space, our space, leg space, headspace, breathing space, outer space, imaginary space, public space, body space…space is shrinking and we aim to reclaim it!

Streets Alive Youth festival is back and this time we are asking- What’s your space? Taking place from 24-30 August, 2010 the festival is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a positively creative and inspiring festival that will take over Launceston’s city’s streets.

In its fifth edition, the festival will involve thousands of young people from across the state, expanding their skills through a huge variety of arts projects including dance, music, visual arts, site specific work, mixed me-dia, carnival and film.

The festival is open to all and everyone is welcome to pitch in and play with their creative side… so whether you are a student, artist, teacher, or just a random Jo interested in the arts, come be a part of this phenome-non!

WANTED ALIVE……creative enthusiasts for Streets Alive 2010

In 2010 we intend to explore the theme What’s Your Space and have created a structure in the form of an Arts Trail that will showcase the many talents of our artists and pro-vide opportunities for people to be inspired and respond to this art.

We are currently receiving expres-sions of interest from Artists / Groups wanting to be involved. New ideas are welcome as well as par-ticipating in program events. People from all walks of life, including stu-dents, artists, teachers, or anyone else interested in the arts are wel-come to pitch in and play with their creative side.

You can submit your own project or work on any of our program pro-jects including knit graffiti, projec-tions, quirky installations, random acts with umbrellas and inspiring dance performances including Out of the Blue – Hip Hop to the top: A combination of local, indigenous, national hip hop dancers working together towards a final dance off!

We are looking for:

Knitting enthusiasts; keen individu-als or groups that would like to knit the city! All levels of skill are welcome including NIL. Training, mate-rial and a bunch of enthusiastic mentors would be available

Digital, animation and visual artists with existing work or to cre-ate new work responding to the fes-tival theme ‘What is space?’

Artists to respond, react, design, paint, dance, perform, project onto umbrellas

What are you waiting for? Email

2010 Streets Alive festival launched at the Brisbane Street Mall

The 2010 Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival was launched on April 9th in conjunction with the start of National Youth Week in Launceston’s Brisbane Street Mall. Keeping with this year’s theme “What is space?” the festival team re-claimed Launceston’s most popular public space, the Bris-bane Street Mall and converted it into a public art gallery.

The mall never looked more colourful wrapped in gold, quirky umbrella installations, colourful dancers from Cindy Foster’s Art C Street Crew and a beautiful knitted garden with caterpillars and flowers!

The event culminated with an energetic performance by the talented crew from Indigenous Hip Hop Pro-jects (IHPP), celebrating the fusion of traditional Indigenous culture and hip hop.

The IHHP were in Launceston for a week running hip hop workshops with various schools, colleges and community youth groups during National Youth Week which culminated in a finale at the Launceston Tail-race Centre.

Traffic Graffix

A Visual Art project which will change the grey tagged spaces aka the traffic signal boxes around the Launceston CBD into a gallery of vibrant and quirky images for pass-ers-by to enjoy, appreciate and in-teract with.

Dinosaur Chair

Designed by Ross Byers with artists from the Access Arts Link, this sculptural chair is being fabricated by Certificate II in Engineering students at the Tasma-nian Polytechnic and will be sited out-side the Studio at the Inveresk Cultural Precinct. This functional sculpture will be launched at the festival.

Meet the Launceston Knit Militia

They call themselves the Guerrilla Knitters: a craft group or just a group of friends, who get together every week to delve into their com-mon passion, Knitting!

But Launceston-based Knit Militia is all of the above and more! Mothers, daughters, locals, internationals, teachers, architects, hippies, students, jewellers, shop assistants, disability workers and pensioners have joined forces with the aim to alter otherwise mundane objects and challenge our perception of a very tradi-tional art form: Knitting.

Originally formed to support Access Arts Link in their Streets Alive Arts Trail during Novem-ber 2009, the Launceston Knit Militia are a group of knitters aged 8 – 80 who share a pas-sion for all things tactile, tea, a good yarn, street art and community. The group now has around 20 members and a growing number of visitors into the cosy lounge room where the group meets. They have now spread beyond Launceston with members from Cygnet, Hobart and even Canberra.

The Launceston Knit Militia aims to inspire a new generation of knitters, and for those who already knit, to take this traditional domestic craft out of the private lounge room and into the public sphere.

In 2010 the Knit Militia is working on KNIT THE CITY, a project which will transform ordinary public spaces into interesting, inspiring places using knitting! Knit the City consists of three projects which will be showcased in conjunction with Streets Alive and Junction 2010 from August 24-30, 2010.

The knitted garden: a “growing” project which will create a beautiful welcoming environment and showcase the uncon-ventional use of wool.

Knit Graffiti will transform our city spaces with knitting

The Giant Teapot: a giant knitted tea cosy for Launceston’s largest teapot for artist Ross Byers’ Tour de Clarendon pro-ject. To know more or join contact Kim Schneiders.

Witness Hip Hop in Action

Streets Alive has been providing hip hop workshops in conjunction with the Indigenous Hip Hop crew. To see what the Hip Hop crew does please have a look at this video. You can also visit their website, or their Youtube channel!

Streets Alive is still looking for people to be involved, there are many ways to get involved in the festival. So whether you are a student, teacher, artist, volunteer or just someone interested in the arts CONTACT US to find out how can you be a part of this exciting project! We are calling enthusiastic people with the following interests:

Knitting enthusiasts: Calling keen individuals or groups that would like to knit the city! All levels of skill are welcome including NIL. Training, material and a bunch of enthusiastic mentors are available.

Digital or animation artists

Visual Artists: To submit existing work or to create new work responding to the festival theme What is space?

Audio responses to what STOP means to you. Preferred format: MP3

Artists to respond, react, design, paint, dance, perform, project onto umbrellas

Dancers for a mass community dance

Monster Madness!!!

We had such a great time with the monstor workshop and the participating schools!

Here are some photos of the fabulous monster and its sojourn into the streets of Launceston!!

To find out more about the project which are up coming for Streets Alive, log on to our website or you can contact Kim.


Just last Friday Streets Alive launched National Youth Week for 2010 with the Indigenous Hip Hop crew and the help of dancers from Stompin and a major sponsor Beyond Blue.

Spectators were treated to a traditional indigenous cleansing ceremony and some awesome moves from the crew.

There was also the knitted garden on display for people to observe and some of the beautiful umbrellas on display.

It was such a great event and the youth really got behind the launch and seemed really enthusiastic about the festival for 2010.

Streets Alive is always open to new members for the fun projects we have coming up, so if you would like to get on board with any of the stuff we have planned, log on to our website or email

Thanks for being part of our launch event, and keep an eye on new projects coming up on our website.