Young artist’s big break

Kalamunda Reporter - - Opinion -

AN oil paint por­trai­ture busi­ness has been brought to life by a vi­sion­ary 18-year-old from Lesmurdie, with the help of an in­dus­try men­tor and YMCA HQ’s Pitch Please! com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pitch Please! com­pe­ti­tion of­fered a $1000 busi­ness boost to a cre­ative young per­son, as well as one year’s free use of the new busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor and co-work­ing space YCol­lab­o­rate at the YMCA head­quar­ters in Leed­erville.

Am­ber­ley Bradley said her win­ning project aimed to recog­nise un­sung heroes in the com­mu­nity.

“The grant is so help­ful be­cause it’s go­ing to al­low me to buy the ma­te­ri­als like paint, easels and can­vases that I wouldn’t be able to af­ford usu­ally, as well as the stu­dio space YCol­lab­o­rate to paint,” she said.

“This has given me the push I needed, but also the fund­ing that I’d never have been able to get my­self. I def­i­nitely couldn’t have done it with­out this com­pe­ti­tion.”

YMCA HQ man­ager An­drew Rigg said the YCol­lab­o­rate co-work­ing space pro­vided a sup­port­ive, safe en­vi­ron­ment for young peo­ple want­ing to de­velop projects or busi­nesses.

“It also pro­vides ac­cess to a range of sup­port pro­grams, in­clud­ing ac­cess to pro­fes­sional men­tors, work­shops and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Heav­ily sub­sidised mem­ber­ship plans are avail­able to young peo­ple un­der the age of 26, with workspace hire start­ing from as lit­tle as $2 per hour.”

Am­ber­ley’s busi­ness ven­ture will start with 10 to 15 por­traits which will be auc­tioned at an ex­hi­bi­tion, with her sub­jects present.

Picture: Bruce Hunt d472817

Am­ber­ley Bradley is thrilled to get her por­trai­ture busi­ness off the ground.

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