SMYL Community Services hosts student art showcase

Local not-for-profit organisation SMYL Community Services Esperance invited the public to view the town through the eyes of its students at an art exhibition on November 29.

The 'Our Town Esperance' exhibition hosted by the Cannery Arts Centre showcased six weeks of hard work by students and staff, exhibiting a range of mediums from painting, sculpture to photography.

The community organisation offers courses for eligible adults to broaden their education and upskill themselves in a child friendly and flexible learning environment.

SMYL Community Services Skills for Education and Employment coordinator Andrea Krishnan said the project aimed to inspire students to research and develop an idea that was meaningful to them.

"The exhibition is about Esperance and the surrounding areas," she said.

"We thought about personalising it and getting students to practice their research skills, their art and communicating with each other.

"Art is expressive, it gives you a sense of self satisfaction, accomplishment, self esteem and it is also helps them to become more independent."

Ms Krishnan thanked the Cannery Arts Centre and Kyron Smithson from Kyza Presents for supporting the project.

SMYL Community Services ParentsNext participation officer Lindy Karpish said creating the artwork helped students escape and learn new skills.

"One of the main things we are trying to instill in our students is confidence in themselves and belief that they are worthy and that they can do it," she said.

"When they were sitting their doing their artworks they were so calm, relaxed and so serene.

"It is also a bit of fun away from the book learning."

Ms Krishnan said SMYL welcomed new students to discover its wide range of learning opportunities open to single parents, early school leavers and anyone on Centrelink allowances.

SMYL offers a range of language, numeracy, literacy, education and computer skill courses.

As a statewide Registered Training Organisation they also offer ten free courses to anyone on Centrelink benefits including Certificate 1 and 2 in business, courses to assist women to explore new career options and build self confidence and four certificates in general education for adults.

SMYL also offers a Keys of Life course for early school leavers, cooking class, sewing class and a play area for young children.

For more information, visit the SMYL Goldfields Esperance Facebook page or visit their office on the Esperance Esplanade next to BOICO.