Cyril Jackson Senior Campus’ (CJSC) ArtsHouse, provides an opportunity for artists to mentor, explore and collaborate with students, staff and the community in a range of arts projects. The initiative creates a rich learning environment and community building opportunity.
ArtsHouse began with the idea of ‘space for service’. Studio space, facilities and equipment are offered to artists in exchange for a service provided to the campus and community. Artists work with the wider community to build connections for students and the school with the professional art world.
In 2017, based on the current strength of the project, ArtsHouse was approached via WA’s peak governing body for artists Artsource, for a partnership that aimed to continue to develop the arts educational program and provide paid residency opportunities for artists. Funding was sought successfully sought via the National Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund for the sum $34,800 with Artsource providing an additional $11,800 in support. The funding enabled CJSC to deliver three paid residencies over the following two years (ongoing).
Another aspect of the project is the Bassendean community volunteer run, ArtsHouse Community Garden (AHCG) Inc. AHCG links community together with the ArtsHouse and CJSC campus sharing culture, knowledge, skills, experiences, fresh local produce and seeds.
The ArtsHouse Community Garden team have also successfully applied for numerous grants and acknowledge the generous assistance of their supporters: Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, CJSC ArtsHouse, The Town of Bassendean, Bassendean Arts & Events, The Waste Authority of WA and the Government of Western Australia Department of Communities Community Gardens Grants Program without whom this project would not be possible.
Artist in Residence
Gordon MITCHEL | Artist in Residence Semester One 2019
Gordon Mitchell is an artist, designer and sculptor. He has a successful background in the Visual Arts – Graphic Design, Art Education and Art Practice. His practice is defined by approach: Creative / Responsive / Innovative. His multidisciplinary practice is currently focused on the design and creation of site specific sculpture. He has been designing and making Public Art since 2008. He meets the unique challenges of each project with the creativity, expertise and experience required to successfully enhance the environment and inspire the people who see the work. He has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe and Bondi. Gordon has been commissioned by private collectors as well as Corporate and Public Authorities.
Co3 THE ZONE
During 2017 students from CJSC partnered with Co3 Australian contemporary dance company to produce a spectacular collection of creative works across the visual art disciplines of drawing, sculpture, ceramics, digital imaging and painting.
Co3 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill’s initial point of inspiration for the dance work THE ZONE; and a specially designed curriculum by CJSC Arts staff, inspired students to research, explore and interpret historical and contemporary art theories and practices, while learning and developing new skills and techniques through their coursework to express concepts. The outcome of this process and the works created was exhibited during THE ZONE performance at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia (STCWA).
This project provided students and staff with the opportunity to work with both practicing artists and art industry professionals. Including Co3’s Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, their marketing team and dancers, artist in residence Peggy McKenna (Ceramics), contributing artists Andy Quilty, Claire Bushby, Lucy Bromell and the behind stage and front of house staff at STCWA.
The creation of works for THE ZONE exhibition was an invaluable opportunity; expanding on the student learning program and actively engaging students alongside artists and arts industry professionals. This exhibition therefore not only showcases student achievement and teacher dedication, but rewards commitment to making and exhibiting artworks.