Artists certainly out there

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.

 

Silver medal at worldskills

Second place at Worldskills

​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.”

Schools dig Get into Mining

On 27-28 June 2013 Central hosted ‘Get Into Mining’, our annual interactive mining careers Expo for high school children. This voluntary initiative first started in 2012 and was the brainchild of Meryl Jones, mother of two and geologist at St Barbara Limited.

Meryl wanted to provide an opportunity for her boys to see what jobs are available in mining and resources to help them make the right choices for their future education should they choose a career in the field.

This is a unique and much needed forum for high school children, giving them the chance to have face to face conversations with mining industry professionals, while also having a go at practical, hands-on activities. These sorts of opportunities are not often available through the educational curriculum and many mining professionals wish they could provide kids with an opportunity to understand what mining is about, without the preconceptions that  pervade most news reporting on the subject.

About the event

The event ran over two days with a ‘Girl’s day’ and a ‘Boy’s day’ with high schools from right across WA sending coach loads of students to Central for a taste of the industry.

The event draws on volunteer mining industry professionals and tradespeople to showcase what they do for a living at a level that can be appreciated by the students, mostly from Year 10.

Approximately 300 high school students participated in interactive activities aimed at helping them develop a preliminary understanding of: geology; underground metallurgy; environmental science; safety; hydrogeology; geophysics; geochemistry; various trades and HR/admin (CV writing). All students had a chance to tour The CUT Mine – Central’s amazing simulated underground mine.

Both days kicked-off with keynote presentations involving two of WA’s most inspirational mining leaders: Julie Shuttleworth (Metallurgist & Mine General Manager, Barrick) and Alastair Croll (Chief Operating Officer, St Barbara Ltd). Both talks highlighted the many positive aspects of a mining career such as international travel and adventure.

The Expo featured stands from the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy,  Department of Mines & Petroleum – Resources Safety, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Chamber of Minerals & Energy, Curtin University, University of WA, CCI (a Trade Association), Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) and Central itself.  The helpful volunteers at each booth enjoying this great oportunity to explain what their respective organisations bring to the industry.