Weave, formerly known as South Sydney Youth Services, will open a full-time Arts Centre in Eveleigh within the next few months, enabling the organisation to expand their existing arts-based opportunities for socially excluded young people, women and families to even more members of the local community.

This new arts centre is a direct result of the successful Mad Pride Youth Events produced by Weave’s Speak Out, Dual Diagnosis team since 2007.

Speak Out will co-locate to the new Arts Centre providing therapeutic support to young people aged 12-28. Support involves case work, counselling, family therapy, housing support, group work, project work and community development initiatives. Headspace will also co-locate providing young people access to clinical services and registered psychologists.

The Weave Arts Centre, which will be located on Wilson Street alongside CarriageWorks, is envisioned as an opportunity to create pathways for marginalised people and to engage them in creative, productive and supportive programs that enhance their artistic skills and improve their overall wellbeing; physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

Services provided will include the supply of all materials and equipment, a venue for work, artistic advice, technical support, marketing services and exhibitions. The Weave Arts Centre aims to participate in approximately five exhibitions each year, on site gallery exhibitions and creative workshops.

So – could this be the new location for the 2011 Mad Pride Youth Event… you’ll have to wait and see.