Emerging local solo artist Riley Pearce released his debut EP, We are fools, back in June, with the title track receiving airtime on the career-making Triple J. A current student at Central’s Music school, Riley took some time out from his studies to answer a few questions about the journey he has been on since playing his first notes…
When did you first develop an interest in playing music?
I started playing guitar when I was in Grade 1. I can’t remember whether it was my parent’s decision, but I loved it. I didn’t like learning songs that my teacher wanted to teach me though. I always would bring songs to them, hoping they could teach me how to play my favourite songs.
What course did you study at Central?
I’m studying my Cert IV in Music Business at the moment. There’s a lot of work, but I’m really enjoying it.
What did the course teach you?
I went into the course wanting to learn more about how the music industry operates and how to put myself in better stead to make a career from my music. I’ve met some amazing people and had chances I might never have had, or even known were possible.
What was great about coming to Central?
I really enjoy the hands-on approach. I did a Uni degree before this and I felt very lost in the classroom. Your lecturers don’t know who you are and to be honest, I don’t think they cared. My teachers at Central are always coming to me with opportunities to benefit my career or gigs and I really appreciate all they do for us.
Tell me a bit about making your new EP?
It was very much a case of me just wanting to get something out and give to people at shows, or when I busk. I had a lot of fun making it and the EP launch night was one of the best night’s I’ve had.
How do you find the process of writing lyrics?
It’s always hard. I try very hard and pride myself on having songs with good meaningful lyrics. Sometimes it comes naturally, other times it can take you months just to get one line right.
Who’s been the biggest influence on you in your musical journey/how have they inspired you?
Probably my Dad. He works really hard, and a lot of the time in music you won’t get anywhere if you don’t work hard and chase the chances that come up.
Where can people see you over the next couple of months?
I’ll be supporting Lisa Mitchell & Josh Pyke at Wanneroo Showgrounds on Saturday November 9 and also playing on the Wetlands Stage at the Perth Cultural Centre earlier on the same day.
Some of the highlights from two fantastic exhibitions recently held at Central by Product Design students.
3D NOW at Gallery Central featured an exhibition of furniture and lighting products designed and created by second and third year students of the Product Design program. One door down at the Central Show Case Gallery the ‘MAKE TIME’ exhibition featured clocks designed and made by first and second year Diploma of Product Design students.
Two of Central’s current ArtLinks students, Chris Johnson and Colleen Fletcher, recently won awards for their work, both of which were exhibited in the ‘Open Minds Open doors’ exhibition during October in Fremantle.
Chris won the Kay Merrin Art Award for her piece entitled ‘Contemplation’, while Colleen won the DADAA WA Art Award for her picture entitled ‘Out of My Hands’.
The exhibition is an annual event for people living with a mental illness and for people working in the mental health field. It offers people the opportunity to exhibit their work and win an award. Now in its 13th year, the exhibition is run by DADAA and held on the grounds of the Fremantle Hospital’s Alma Street Centre.
DADAA is a not-for-profit community arts and cultural development organisation, focusing on creating significant positive social change and opportunities for people with a disability or a mental illness.
Central’s Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design students were given a unique opportunity to design a board game for workers on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project.
Gorgon is being constructed on Barrow Island, a Class A Nature Reserve. The island’s terrestrial and marine environment is unique – it supports 24 terrestrial species and subspecies not known to occur elsewhere and another five terrestrial species with restricted distribution.
To preserve the integrity of this unique environment, a rigorous quarantine system has been implemented. Considered ‘likely to be world’s best practice’ by the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia, the Barrow Island Quarantine Management System is the world’s largest non-government quarantine initiative.
A range of awareness and communication initiatives are in place to ensure the workforce understands and embraces the quarantine obligations specific to their role on the project. To support this, Chevron approached the Central design students to create a board game. Not a simple task, the game needed to provide Project personnel and their families with an engaging and fun way to learn about life on Barrow Island, with a particular focus on quarantine and the environment.
The game needed to be easy to understand, educational, engaging and immersive. Working in pairs, students were required to create a mock-up of the physical game and devise marketing concepts with an overall, clear promotional goal.
Chevron’s commitment to the project is evident through the comprehensive feedback they have given to students, which has been invaluable in their development as designers. The students have acquired significant professional experience from this industry exposure.
Shortlisted students were treated to some fantastic hospitality at Chevron HQ in Perth for presentation of their final concepts. They were accompanied by Central Graphic Design lecturers Peter Lawton and Brendan Hibbert. The judging panel included Gorgon Quarantine Manager, Johann van der Merwe and Gorgon External Affairs Adviser, Jen O’Reilly.
Despite a difficult decision given the high quality of all the designs, two winning games were selected:
Junior Game: Sandy Jurewicz and Tahlia Allen
Family Game: Alison Collier and Toni Northall
Shortlisted Central students were also awarded letters of commendation and certificates (coupled with great little goodie bags).
Chevron is looking to go into production early in 2014 and will make the games available to the island workforce.
Central’s Artists Out There course is suitable for those who possess art skills and wish to set up their own independent practice. The current student cohort is well on their way having established their own gallery show at YMCA HQ Gallery in Leederville. After seeing the show I caught up with Artists Out There lecturer Camilla Loveridge to find out more…
Do the Artists out There class always have an annual exhibition like this?
Yes, they have an exhibition (as a group) each year, and then exhibit with other Artlinks students around early November on an annual basis.
As these students will be ‘out there’ practicing as artists next year, it makes good sense that they have exhibition experience. The organisation and presentation of this show has been an invaluable experience for them, and this will again be reinforced when they join other Artlinks students in the campus show.
This is the first time Artists out There students have exhibited at the YMCA HQ Gallery. Last year, under the guidance of their tutor Tania Ferrier, Freight Gallery (Daada) was hired.
Is there anything you’d like to say about the group?
I thoroughly enjoy my job as the current Artists Out There tutor. The overall objective of this course is to promote a practice of sharing and cooperation among students as emerging artists. The bond and the support that has developed among this group is palpable. The environment has become nurturing yet very stimulating because of this. The students work so diligently, and are maturely focused and passionate about their work – all the ingredients are there for fulfilment in an arts practice!
The course prepares students for becoming independent artists. What specific things do you teach them?
Fundamentally, students are taught that independent arts practice involves networking and communicating with other artists and professional people. This includes sharing ideas and being inspired by other artists (not working in isolation), being focused and yet thinking laterally, and being interested in what is going on around them in the contemporary art world.
“Out There” means, literally, that…to be ready and inspired to engage in arts practice. This course offers students insight into this world, through practical means. They are encouraged to expand and develop their interests, art style, knowledge of art theory and some art history, as a means of being connected to the art scene and its visual language.
Central’s Tayron Scagnetti has achieved a quite remarkable feat. The Certificate III Jewellery Manufacture apprentice has just won a silver medal at the WorldSkills Championships in Leipzig, Germany.
WorldSkills is essentially the Skill Olympics for young people involved in vocational education and training. The competition is for youth from 17 to 22 years of age who demonstrate their excellence in a great range of professions.
In an intense four day competition Tayron beat the best in the world to take out silver honours for the complete production of a silver pendant.
The 42nd WorldSkills Competition was held in the Liepziger Messe Samsung Arena in Leipzig, Germany.
The showcase of skills brought together the finest young professionals in skilled trades and technologies from 52 Member countries. There were approximately 1,000 competitors in all vying for honours in 46 separate skills.
Central’s jewellery lecturer Peter Keep was extremely proud to mentor Tayron right up to the competition.
“I am extremely impressed with his dedication and eye for detail. He is always so keen to learn, full of self-belief and thoroughly deserves his success,” said Peter.
“The Jewellery Manufacture course Tayron is completing involves extremely intense, technical training. Having one of our students recognised as world class is testament to the quality of the training we have established here.”