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The ‘Make Yourself at Home’ Exhibition

Carene Chong

Tue Oct 02 2012

“Make Yourself At Home” exhibit

IF quirky art and not-so-mainstream home decor is right down your alley, head to Signal studio this week to enjoy some creative pieces designed by Melbourne youth.

“Make Yourself At Home” is a temporary art exhibition that displays the creative works of Melbourne’s adolescents.

We’re not talking about any young artists though. These guys participated in a four-week program designed to bring out the artistic side of the city’s disadvantaged youth. Most had no art qualifications to begin with.

Throughout the four week course, this group of young people came together with local designers to turn their ideas into unique, functional furniture. The results are gorgeously kitsch chairs like the one in the above picture.

The “Make Yourself At Home” project was started in 2008 by RMIT interior design graduate Nicholas Visser who wanted to assist youths living under home care.

Nicholas negotiated a collaborative initiative between RMIT and the Department of Human Services and both organisations quickly realised there was an urgent need for projects that encouraged these young people to be creative and personalise their living spaces.

The “Make Yourself At Home” exhibition is at the Signal studio on Flinders Walk (behind Flinders St train station towards Sandridge bridge) from 6pm, Wednesday 26th of September to Sunday 7th of October. For more details, visit Signal studio’s website.