New co-op youth space at Maddington Central opens opportunities

Maddington artist Jesse Smith
Maddington artist Jesse Smith

A NEW youth co-op space at Maddington Central will give young local artists the chance to showcase their work to large audiences.

The Co-Op opens Thursday and aims to provide young artists with their own space at the shopping centre to run a stall to exhibit and sell their work.

Throughout September, the stalls which feature paintings, illustrations, jewellery, candles, homewares, succulents, handmade frames and art and character designs.

Maddington artist Jesse Smith, who paints dark, alternative abstract painting, is one of the artists who will exhibit their work.

He said he was thankful to have the opportunity to show and sell his art to the public. “It’s quite exciting to know my art is actually going somewhere and it’s cool to have the opportunity,” he said.

“At first it didn’t really sink in when I found out it was actually happening, but it’s quite exciting.”

Smith said up until now he had only shared his art on Facebook and Instagram and said he was both nervous and excited to show a new audience.

The space has been launched in partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA, an organisation dedicated to creating opportunities for young people in the arts.

The Co-Op is open from 10am-2pm Thursday to Saturday in the old Maddington Digital site near the Food Court and is looking for vendor applications for October.