Promoting happiness at Yeppoon, with support from CQUni

Published:02 July 2018

Stencil art, wire art and video art will all feature at Yeppoon in coming months thanks to a series of 'Hey There Happiness' initiatives supported by CQUniversity.

CQUniversity is helping to sponsor three Yeppoon-based projects which are using art as a vehicle for positive change in the community.

These fresh projects also backed by Livingstone Shire Council are in conjunction with Kate Schlick and her not-for-profit hey there HAPPINESS organisation, which inspires positive choices, positive thoughts, a greater acceptance of self and others, and a greater engagement with life and community.

The most advanced is a stencil art project involving around 50 Yeppoon State High School students, who were asked to reflect on what a positive family culture looks like.

Participants each came up with an ending to the phrase starting 'because I love you ... ' and produced an image to represent that, working alongside local street artist Martin Schlick from Mash Designs.

The next project phase from late July will involve pieces of the stencil art being painted directly onto public walls around the Livingstone Shire, helping to reflect these positive views back into the community.

The first of two wire art community workshops has already produced a range of quality artworks designed for display in an 'Enchanted Forest' at Beaman Park in Yeppoon's CBD throughout the CQUniversity Village Festival (launching on 10 August) and beyond.

"Expressing creativity is one of the major factors for happiness," Ms Schlick says.

The third project supported by CQUniversity will involve accomplished ABC Open filmmaker Lisa Clarke working with Yeppoon State High School students to produce a series of 'Me and Nature' projection art videos.

"Nature provides one of the fundamentals for a sense of calm but many kids spend too much time on their electronic devices," Ms Schlick says.

"The aim is to reconnect young people with nature and to build a relationship with nature by learning the skills to produce short films."

Ms Schlick says the CQUni-sponsored projects will lead to increased resilience and genuine feelings of happiness and connectedness.