Art and Childhood

Art and Childhood

Vol 21 no 2, 2001

Guest editor: Felicity Fenner The depiction of children in art has steadily diminished in recent decades as attitudes to childhood itself have changed. The influence of child art on modernism has not been adequately acknowledged, and contemporary art shows a huge debt to notions of children's play, games and adolescent pastimes. Children are now being considered in museums as audience and also as guides for the public. Art by young people is exhibited in hospitals. Spotlight on new research into autism and artistic ability.

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Children Who Hurt: A Film Made by Young People

Phillip Crawford, feature

Not a documentary, but an eloquent testimony, Hurt was made by 250 kids from five New South Whales country towns. After a series of workshops they shot, recorded, wrote and performed in this collage of vignettes, dramatised scenes, songs and memories, aided by writers and directors Philip Crawford and Matthew Priestly. Their stories are often unbelievably sad - what they make of them is intense, lyrical, stoic and heartbreaking. Hurt was made by the award-winning arts company BIGhART, whose brief is to pilot arts based projects designed to re-engage 'outsiders' or marginalised people with their community.

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