In 2011, French street artist JR, famous for his large format street ‘pastings’ called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world.

This project is called INSIDE OUT and encourages people of all walks of life to share a large black and white portrait of themselves, and to make a statement for what they stand for. Each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Over 260,000 people have participated in 129 countries. In March 2021, Castlemaine State Festival will facilitate the project for our town.

After a grueling 2020 stuck within our homes, fighting against a global pandemic, INSIDE OUT will encourage our community to be united in working together towards a new common goal: the creation of a large-scale public art outcome. You will see familiar faces, and perhaps meet new ones based on our shared experience. Community connectedness and resilience are increased through mutual experience and further to learning more about our community, this project will allow us to connect with wider global communities who have participated in similar group actions under the INSIDE OUT banner.


The theme of the project this time asks our community to reflect on the range of emotions they have experienced within the reality of being socially isolated during a global pandemic. Amongst many expressions of collective and individual emotions like fear, sadness, anger, loneliness and exhaustion – hope keeps rising to the surface.

We have a renewed desire for a better future, and a new understanding about different ways of living and working has emerged. Many have embraced technology in a way they may never have experienced it otherwise, our families and even our pets know each other better than before, others have taken advantage of being out in their own gardens, learned another language or how to make sourdough bread. We have a new respect for those working in roles in our community, whose essential work might not have been as highly recognised previously: our transport workers; frontline grocery staff; our artists; our teachers; our home-working parents – alongside our nurses and other healthcare professionals.

This project aims to capture that hope, and celebrate the positive spirit of our community now, in this unique point in time. What does your truth look like right now? Is it a reflection of your hopes for the future?

The Castlemaine INSIDE OUT Project shines a spotlight on three different community groups:

Right Now
Adults (individuals 18+), spanning the gamut of adulthood in all of its stages.
The Bridge
Castlemaine Secondary School students with portraits of themselves or fellow students.
The Future
Toddlers (18 months to 3 years) photographed by their families

We will look into the faces of our children and young people whose confidence, optimism and joy so often inspire the best in the rest of us. We will look into the faces of our adults whose experience; wisdom and insight cannot be forgotten in the safe passage toward all of our collective futures.


In preparation for the Castlemaine INSIDE OUT Project, photographer and online community workshop facilitator Jodie Hutchinson will host free photography workshops for families of the toddlers and the general public who live in Mount Alexander Shire. Jodie will support participants to get the absolute best from their phone camera and unlock the power of the camera app.

Jodie has over 25 years experience in the industry working in the areas of photography stills and publicity television, wildlife, theatre photography and portrait photography. She has been finalist on the Olive Cotton award for photographic portrait award twice and recently took part of MAPgroup’s Beyond the Studio as part of Open Studios for CSF 2019.

Two workshops will be conducted over consecutive Sundays forming a mini-course in phone portraiture. The workshops will be conducted via zoom and will run for 90mins with a 10min break.

Families with Toddlers

SUN 6 DEC: 11am – 12.30pm
SUN 13 DEC: 11am – 12.30pm

Adults (18+)

SUN 6 DEC 3pm – 4.30pm
SUN 13 DEC 3pm – 4.30pm

Limited places are available and workshop registration is essential by 5pm, Thursday 3 December (or until capacity reached)

Castlemaine Secondary College will be coordinating their own workshops with their students.