Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Local students explore empathy through art

An exhibition focusing on the theme of empathy with artworks created by local students will open at Arts Space Wodonga this Friday, December 1.

Titled The Empathy Project, the exhibition is a creative collaboration between a group of young students and local artist, Mary-Rose Riley.

Through a series of workshops led by Riley, students explored the concept of empathy, understanding emotions (our own and of those around us), as well as the importance of building healthy relationships within personal networks.

The multimedia installation at Arts Space is the culmination of the visual, written and verbal activities undertaken by the students.

This exhibition forms part of the Wodonga Council’s involvement in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
This global campaign seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on women’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Considering the Victorian Government’s new holistic approach to educating school aged children about respectful relationships, the workshops tapped into the ideals of respectful relationships and focused on how young people can identify emotions and build healthy relationships from an early age.

The Empathy Project has been a collaboration between Arts Space Wodonga and Wodonga West Children’s Centre, with generous support from the centre’s art teacher, Rebecca Simboras.