RAF Case Study | Clarence Plains Glowing Man

The Glowing Man project saw professional Artist Tristan Stowards work with local at-risk youth to construct a 3-metre-high wood and metal statue from recycled materials, inspired by traditional wicker men.

The statue was the centrepiece of a reclaim-the-night event at Clarence Plains Festival, with the intention of providing safe and positive community arts activity in the centre of town where there have been recent antisocial behaviours.

The finished piece in situ. Photo by Rosie Wolf.

Through a partnership between the festival committee and the local community shed, youth were invited to work alongside the Artist in design, constriction, decoration and unveiling of the statue. Festival attendees were then invited to create throw able LED lights, under the guidance of the youth participants, to throw onto the state, creating an evolving installation as a unique spectacle for audiences of the festival.

Cultural and Economic Impacts:

  • Employment opportunity was provided for a professional artist in creating the sculpture and delivering workshops and sessions with local youth
  • Established partnership between local government youth services team, community shed and festival committee
  • Increased cultural participation, especially with the young participants who deeply engaged in the process of creating the statue

Social Impacts:

  • The social issue of youth welfare was at the core of the project. The project engaged young people in meaningful activity with a mentor who they could relate to.
  • Increased community capacity through the skills development for youth who are at risk and may leave school before completion.
  • Increased community cohesion through community participation in creating the ‘throwies’ to light up the statue, providing a sense of participation and community ownership of the artwork and the event.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Regional Arts Australia acknowledges the traditional Custodians of land throughout Australia and we pay our respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.