Outloud is a multi-arts company that exists to enrich and empower the young people and wider community of Bankstown Canterbury area. Our projects have taken the forms of rap and music production and performance, theatre, performance and written poetry, magazines and publishing, dance, multimedia, interview recording, bus tours, indigenous dance and language and oral histories. We aim to up-skill and inspire our participants and audiences, and let local voices tell stories that might not otherwise be heard.
Run by Craig Taunton, RESPECT is a music program for boys under 12 years old, teaching them about domestic violence and gender equality, with a view to
prevent and reduce domestic violence in the future. Based in primary schools, our facilitators teach lyric writing and music performance alongside discussions about the nature and causes of domestic violence and how they can lend their voices and lives to being active agents in preventing it. Over 12 weeks, the boys write, record and perform an original song, and also become active agents of social change and role models in their schools. RESPECT has been assessed by Murdoch university as a model project that leads to long term change in the boys that are a part of it.
RESPECT is funded by The Smith Family’s Community for Children project, the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services, and Impact100.
STORIES OF STRENGTH involves training cohorts of young local high school students in professionally interviewing at a level friends, family and neighbours who have a story of strength to tell. These stories are then showcased through various on-line and local platforms such exhibitions at local shopping centres and libraries. Our aim is to share these inspiring stories of resilience with a bigger audience to counter hate and division in our society.
The MUSLIM PEERS PROJECT is an online project initiative by Outloud to support young queer Muslims experiencing mental health distress. Led by a Muslim social worker, this project hopes to provide a safe space for young people to access culturally sensitive support. This project utilises community peer support and mentoring, and art-sharing to strengthen solidarity, connection and community understanding. We are offering mental health support to queer Muslims, with a focus on people living in South-West Sydney, but open to all people who fit
Dyanmila Studio Space
The Dyanmila* Studio Space is a collaboration between Outloud and Utp. The space will be occupied by an emerging, local artist of any artistic discipline, in order to create a new body of work or to expand a current piece. The studio is an opportunity for an artist to grow, with invaluable resources available to them. The residency includes a dedicated workspace for two months, free of charge and an opportunity for weekly mentorship by an industry professional from either the Outloud or Utp team. The project aim is to bring invaluable industry resources to young local artists in order to encourage the continuing creation of art.
*a Darug word meaning play
From My Window
From My Window is a collaboration between Story Factory, Outloud and 3 local Bankstown High Schools; Wiley Park Girls High School, Punchbowl Boys High School and Birrong Girls High School. Students were encouraged to express positive moments they experienced throughout Covid-19 through performance poetry pieces. These pieces were videoed and strung together to create a short film acknowledging the ups and downs of an unprecedented event in these school students lives. The aim of this project is to foster the reflections and evaluations of self and place in young people in a creative manner.
View this incredible film here on our Youtube Channel.
Still Standing, written by Emma Mitchell, tells the life history of Tom and Dennis Moffatt, two brothers who were taken from their family by child welfare services and raised apart. The book follows their strangely parallel lives during a colourful period of Sydney history that drew them into the orbit of some of the city’s most notorious gangland criminals. Tom and Dennis were reunited as adults and forged a new purpose out of their commitment to family. Outloud partnered with Emma Mitchell, Tom and Dennis Moffatt to publish the book. This project aims to bring greater awareness of the diverse lived stories of individuals in the Western Sydney Community.
Read it Here on Issuu
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
The Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) is Australia’s largest regular poetry slam. This multi-award winning not-for-profit was founded by UWS students Ahmad Al Rady and Sara Mansour in 2013, and is now NSW’s go-to poetry event. Bringing in over 300 people every month, BPS has featured renowned spoken word poets such as Joel McKerrow, Mark Gonzales, Omar Musa and Luka Lesson and offers people of all ages a platform with which to perform their spoken