Port Lincoln artists chosen for Art Squad

Port Lincoln artists Belili Valkyrie and Eliza Wuttke have been selected in the Art Squad program to help bring creative projects to life in the local community.

Over the next two years the pair will work on their professional development and be supported by virtual mentors and training to help them generate and deliver creative projects in Port Lincoln.

One of the local artists chosen, Belili Valkyrie is a member of Passionis and other art and dance groups in the community.

“The local arts community has been screaming out for something like this,” she said.

“Personally, I will focus on visual arts and creating spaces for youth in arts.”

The 20-year-old said it was encouraging that Port Lincoln was the only place with two artists chosen. 

The pair join four other young people that were selected from the Eyre Peninsula in the inaugural program.

Nine young people between the ages of 18 and 23 were chosen state-wide from regional areas to join the squad. 

Eliza Wuttke was the other local artist chosen and said that in terms of her art making she was tinkering with a bit of everything at the moment.

“It allows creative spaces for people to express their creativity,” she said.

“It’s something people in the city may have access to, but here in regional areas we don’t normally get.”

The 22-year-old said her art helped keep her sane.

Art Squad is a partnership between Country Arts SA and Carclew designed to identify and nurture the next generation of creative leaders.