The work of Arts Can Do with the children of migrant workers in China has inspired a number of artists from Europe to volunteer to join the program and work alongside our Australian and Chinese volunteers. The latest of these are Franziska Wildt and Volker Kehl from Germany who will be introducing the children to performance art. They will be working with Australian photographer John McRae on photo projects with the children during September and October.
Franziska Wildt is a photographer/video/installation artist who’s work can be seen across Europe. She will be cooperating with fellow German artist, musician, music and theatre educator Volker Kehl who recently toured Asia with his group Art of Fusion. Together they will work to introduce the children to the techniques of video, collage, montage and assembly as well as making music. The plan is then to develop three dimensional installations in which the children can bring together their art, video work and music in a whole new world of their own creation.
The sheer diversity of the skills and experience that our volunteer artists bring to our children is truly amazing. The resulting involvement in intense creative experiences which lie totally outside they children's normal experience brings excitement and inspiration to these children who have seen little except hardship. Giving children the confidence to grasp further educational opportunities that may arise is one of the outcomes Arts Can Do aims for. We have great confidence in the role artistic expression and the experiences we create will have transformative roles in their lives.