Ten Young Artists to Watch
Carclew has partnered with hub to introduce you to ten bright young artists here in SA. Our first featured artist is Charlee Watt aged 15 years from Port Lincoln.
Meet Charlee Watt, a 15 year old artist and young community leader from Pt Lincoln.
In 2019, through the Carclew Futures program, Charlee embarked on a community project to design and create a reconciliation banner that could serve as a backdrop at live youth music events. Charlee’s vision for the unique mural artwork was that it would incorporate Barngarla history as well as highlight the beautiful scenery of her home town of Port Lincoln.
Local young people helped Charlee design and paint the mural, with Emma Richards providing the Barngarla perspective. The stunning artwork was unveiled at the opening of Port Lincoln’s popular Tunarama Festival held in January this year, where it featured on the main stage as the backdrop to key events including Battle of the Bands.
Charlee also sings and plays guitar, and has a passion for theatre – especially musical theatre. At the age of five Charlee started singing lessons and began to learn to play the uke, later teaching herself guitar while taking piano and theory lessons to really gain an understanding of music and how it is created.
When not formally learning, Charlee enjoys making videos for her Instagram account @charleewattmusic. She did a livestream for Girls Rock! Adelaide, which gave her the confidence to start writing songs and explore the rock genre further and can now be found jamming with rock band Rafiki.
Living in a small regional city it isn’t always easy to access opportunities, but by making the most of what is available, taking risks and saying “yes”, Charlee Watt is beginning to shine.
You can view a short video about Charlee and her passion for the arts, including Charlee’s inspirations and aspirations.