This is an exhibition that showcases the work of 10 Victorian young people produced over the 2019-2020 Australian summer. The work captures their collective experience: being digital, the stress of study, and the influence of social media, climate change and the impact of poor mental health are strong and visible themes.
These perspectives, along with a supporting video series, allow us to see inside the complex world that impacts youth experience of school inclusion.
For schools, teachers, parents, researchers and policy-makers it highlights the importance of listening to and collaborating with young people particularly when developing policy and building more inclusive communities.
We hope this exhibition highlights the use of participatory research methods to strengthen the voice of people seen but not often heard.
The exhibition adopts a rights based perspective which emphasises the importance not only of listening to youth, but actively and authenticity collaborating on matters that directly affect them.
The study was conducted by researchers Dr Christine Grove and Louisa Trainer in 2019-2020 at Monash University and is funded by the Monash Education Small Grant Award.