Emerging Cultural Leaders 2013

Christie Widiarto

‘What I learned from ECL is that with each arts project I undertake, to just enjoy the ride and to learn, evaluate and grow from each experience.’ – Christie Widiarto

Christie Widiarto is a freelance artist and animator based in Melbourne. Her work has focused on storytelling through the exploration of the themes of cultural identity, family and nature. Her work involves experimenting with combining traditional art techniques and digital technology. She also enjoys collaborating with other artists to create engaging multimedia content. Two years ago, she started working in community arts with various youth groups and found that she loved it. She has continued to work with communities to this day.
Her experience with communities has been primarily through animation
workshops incorporating photography, video and new media. This year she is also undertaking the Talking Difference Fellowship with the Immigration Museum.

Christie was mentored by Simon De Lacy-Leacey.

Christie’s ECL project is her first self-initiated community project. It combines street art with stop motion animation to create animated wall murals around Footscray. These animations will be designed and developed with emerging artists and youth from the western suburbs and is in response to vandalism in Footscray.