Charlee receives funding for Port Lincoln youth artwork project

YOUTH: Charlee Watt has received $5000 from Carclew Futures to create a portable backdrop for youth events and live music in Port Lincoln.

YOUTH: Charlee Watt has received $5000 from Carclew Futures to create a portable backdrop for youth events and live music in Port Lincoln.

Musician Charlee Watt has received funding to create a large portable backdrop for live music events and other community gatherings to support Port Lincoln's youth and reconciliation efforts.

The 14-year-old's project will receive $5000 to complete the artwork that will reflect Barngarla heritage and represent the coastal landscape of the city.

Her project was one of two chosen from 17 applicants for the inaugural $10,000 Carclew Futures funding program.

Carclew Futures consists of a 10 person team aged from 12 to 15, and Charlee said as a young person herself, working with other young people had been great.

She said the backdrop could be used for the SEED Festival and hoped to unveil the backdrop at a mini-music festival on the foreshore later this year.

"I am working with people my own age, positioning and talking about the project from one young person to another," she said.

"There aren't a lot of artistic opportunities within Port Lincoln, so this project gives me the chance to develop a creative experience for both the younger kids and elders within the community, developing a backdrop that can be used throughout the year and is hopefully seen as unifying the community."

The St Joseph's student said she hoped to get the Barngarla community and the city's youth involved in the design and making of the backdrop.