Benchmark was a series of free art and music workshops for young people in Melbourne’s West. Our Artist Facilitators support participants in a range of skill development including songwriting, recording, production and performance.
Damon Paraha, A.K.A. Nomad, is a Hip-Hop Artist from the Westside of Melbourne. He’s the second-oldest of six to a Maori father and Samoan mother. His music typically captures his upbringing as a 2nd Gen immigrant in a post-colonial society, aiming to articulate what Polynesian youth may be experiencing today.
Nyawir is currently studying a Bachelor of Youth Studies and Youth Work at RMIT. She is passionate about social change. Nyawir’s practice includes fashion, dancing and meditation.
Born in Mindanao, the Philippines, Gabs, Homeboy G or Rudy V (as he is known on stage) is a performing artist, sound producer, and youth mentor living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). He uses music as a tool for therapy and a reconnection to self and community.
Aida Azin is a visual artist living in Naarm (Melbourne). She uses her practice as a platform to promote the importance of self-representation on cultural perspectives. Aida uses her artworks to sound-out or create space for therapy and discussions, often including themes that reflect on her experience as a first-generation born Australian.
Gabriela Georges is a performing artist, facilitator, and community development worker. Her creative work often explores love, loss, grief and nature, while her superpower as a facilitator is holding space for challenging (and sometimes uncomfortable) conversations.