About Southern Edge Arts

For the last 29 years, SEA has been a champion of creativity and quality arts practice in young people, building community and encouraging diversity. SEA has grown to become Western Australia’s largest regional youth performance organisation and has developed a unique approach to skills development and performance making that encourages participation and validates the contribution of young people working with professional artists. We offer a large workshop program that includes a variety of performing arts and each year develop a number of performance projects that bring members and professional artists together to make quality productions drawing on the skills and interests of both. We value celebration and imagination in young people, social and emotional health and wellbeing in their communities and excellence and creativity in all their forms.
We seek to encourage the expression of imagination and use the performing arts to add value to community events and gatherings through our community projects.

Core Ambitions

  • Young people of the Great Southern are given the skills and opportunities to express themselves
  • SEA’s engagement with young people is inclusive of diversity
  • SEA is recognised locally and nationally for its professionalism and quality in nurturing arts practise and creativity of young people and in engaging and inspiring audiences
  • SEA contributes to the wellbeing of the communities of the Great Southern
  • SEA demonstrates best practice management and governance supported by a diverse and sustainable resource base

History

Established in Albany, WA in 1985, SEA is a dynamic youth arts community that nurtures the expression of imagination through stimulating performing arts experiences and opportunities. SEA has a unique track record in attracting professional artists of national and international repute to support skills development and the creation of new work. SEA is directly driven by community need and aspiration.

Vision

A dynamic youth arts community central to the development of individuals, communities and culture.

Mission

To champion creativity and the expression of imagination in young people through stimulating performing arts experiences and opportunities.

Values

  • Creativity: Imagination, self-expression, exploration, innovation
  • Excellence: Quality, professionalism, leadership, best practise
  • Participation: Fun, joy, laughter, vitality, celebration, positive experience
  • Respect: Diversity, inclusiveness, individuality, safety.