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Learning through art at Tasmanian colleges

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The five successful artists who have been selected for the 2013 Artist in Residence Program (AIR) have been announced.

Students from Mountain Heights High in Queenstown working with artists Freya Sant and Nick HobbsThe program will provide five Tasmanian creative professionals with a rewarding experience, while helping to inspire the next generation of artists.

The artists will participate in 28-day extended residency programs which will enrich the school environment by connecting students a diverse array of mediums, including opera, digital performance, sculpture and the use of recycled materials in the visual arts.

The AIR program gives professional artists the opportunity to introduce their work to young people and inspire teachers to explore new ideas and approaches to learning.

The program also offers artists meaningful professional development experience through the supported residency mentoring program.

The program has been a very successful partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, with Australia Council CEO, Kathy Keele, noting the strength and diversity of Tasmanian AIR residencies.

"Over the last three years, 21 artists have worked in Tasmanian schools and colleges with the art forms ranging across dance, theatre, puppetry, music, writing, digital and new media to visual arts installations," Ms Keele said.

"The professional learning for teachers and artists helps to build the culture of art and creative practice in Tasmanian schools, while encouraging future artists and arts audiences in all artforms."

The successful 2013 artists and colleges are:

  • Andy Vagg and Claremont College. Andy uses recycled and salvaged materials to produce art that focuses on consumerism, choice and the unsustainable use of resources.
  • Ross Byers and Hellyer College. Through his residency Ross will work with students on creating small-scale clay sculpture.
  • Pip Stafford and Hobart College. Pip is the recipient of the 2013 MONA scholarship and works with emergent technologies and digital forms.
  • Nancy Mauro Flude and Rosny College. Over the residency period Nancy will be working towards and exhibition for the 10 Days Festival and curating a satellite event for the International Symposium of Electronic Art.
  • Dylan Sheridan and Launceston College. Dylan is currently working on a new opera to be premiered at MONA FOMA in January. Over his residency Dylan will be developing new instruments and engaging with students through workshops and group performances.


Image Credit: Students from Mountain Heights High in Queenstown working with artists Freya Sant and Nick Hobbs.