An innovative new project unfurling in a super-sized shed in Castlemaine offers young people the chance to kick-start their future in the creative arts.
Film-making, photography, street art design and animation - of the type made famous by Aardman Animations in the Wallace and Gromit series - are all on offer for up to 25 lucky young people aged anywhere from 12 to 25.
Through the FAST! Film and Street Art project, between now and May they'll get to be mentored by a team of professional creative artists and to acquire the sort of hands-on skills to put them ahead of the curve in the keenly contested world of creative arts.
FAST! Film and Street Art is an innovative multimedia project organised by XtremeInc Youth Projects.
Project coordinator Sarah Cook says the aim is to engage regional young people in collaborative, self-devised visual art projects including mural installations, photographic documentation, stop motion animation and short film.
"Participants will work with local contemporary artists and design around the theme Being, Belonging and Becoming," Ms Cook says.
"It's about young people coming together and sharing and creating this amazing exhibition that the whole community can enjoy."
The upshot will be a public interactive exhibition staged at the popular youth festival - 2 The Xtreme - on April 21 and then later at The Super Shed - a super-sized creative space situated on the corner of Castlemaine's Kennedy and Walker Streets.
"They'll be guided by our accomplished mentoring artists Tara Kingston, Fuzz Gazzardi and Stewart and Cath Carter of People Pictures," Ms Cook says.
Mentoring artist Tara Kingston says the project presents a valuable chance for those hoping to go on to a successful career in the creative arts.
"It's a great opportunity and being a small intimate group too there's opportunity for the kids to have a lot of one-on-one time and we've got a fair few teachers here," she says.
Among the young participants who have signed on, Vaughan 12-year-old Ivy Browne is keen to pursue a future in photography and film.
"My dad's interested in photography so that's how I got into photography as well, and I wanted to get more into photography," Ivy says.
"And I also wanted to get into filmmaking because I want to be a film director when I'm older."
Creative sessions take place on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm at The Super Shed and those keen to register can contact Sarah Cook at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.xtremeinc.org FAST!
The project is supported by Creative Arts Victoria, Regional Centre for Culture and People Pictures.