Ingrid’s swimsuits the PICA the bunch

Going where no arts organisation has gone before (well, since last year), the PICAnauts braved the Rottnest channel swim last weekend to raise money for WA arts.

Last year, on their maiden crossing, the PICAnauts shocked the competition by finishing on time and raising over $5000.

This year’s all female team consisted of PICA’s director, Amy Barrett-Lennard, Rotto Channel Swim Alumni Curator, Leigh Robb, Exhibitions Coordinator, Nadia Johnson and former Communications Manager, Renae Coles.

Propelling the PICAnauts across the channel is their desire to bring greater exposure to the role arts and culture play in building a healthy community.

The $10,000 target they hope to raise will go towards supporting artists in PICA’s 2015 Artist in Residence program.

To make sure they were swimming in style, the PICAnauts recruited local artist Tarryn Gill, who worked in collaboration with bespoke designer/dressmaker and Central Fashion and Textile Design lecturer, Ingrid Zurzolo.

The duo developed ‘West Coast Geometric’ swimsuits for the intrepid swimmers.

Each swimsuit was individually designed and sported a variety of block colours to suit the ‘Arty Sportivi’ brief.

While the PICAnauts might not have been the fastest team, they were certainly the most stylish.

Find information on Fashion and textile design at Central here.

Emerging artists hatch

The calibre of Central’s training in the arts is well illustrated once again by our strong showing in Hatched, the National Graduate Show exhibition running at PICA until 29 June.

Two Advanced Diploma in Visual Art students, David Brophy and Marian Giles, were invited to submit work for the annual exhibition which is a prestigious vehicle for emerging Australian artists.

Marian Giles, artist
By Marian Giles

Now entering its 23rd year, Hatched provides a unique opportunity for graduates to present their work alongside that of their peers from every state and territory in Australia.

Marian submitted 14 ceramic sculptures which explore human experience through both random and deliberate effects on the clay they are made from. They are taken from her collection entitled ‘Making the best of things’.

Hatched PICA artists
Photo by Alessandro Bianchetti from ‘Hatched, PICA’

Fellow student David Brophy had a work split over two levels of the PICA building.  ‘Presence in the absence of presence’ and ‘In all directions at once all the time’ make up an installation work that uses a blue tarpaulin and a ladder to explore the physical and psychological feeling of being inside the barrel of a wave.

David was delighted to be invited to feature in the exhibition, which features 34 artists from tertiary institutions across Australia.

“My understanding of art was admittedly quite naive when I enrolled for the Cert IV in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft at Central. Three years later I have completed my Advanced Diploma, gaining a broad perspective of the art world. I am also in the process of seeing my first public artwork commission realised”, said David.

Photo by Alessandro Bianchetti from 'Hatched, PICA'
Photo by Alessandro Bianchetti from ‘Hatched, PICA’