Installation artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan will share their knowledge with visual arts students during ARTspan in May.
Installation artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan will share their knowledge with visual arts students during ARTspan in May.

Visual arts opportunity

Last year more than 200 high school visual arts students from the Northern Rivers participated in a comprehensive arts initiative as part of the FEHVA visual arts event.

This year, students will be back for an expanded visual arts program, now called ARTspan, and now run in a partnership with the Byron Bay Writers Festival and Southern Cross University.

ARTspan presents students with a program about the practice and theory of art. It’s presented by working artists and industry professionals and its aim is to demystify the world of the visual artist.

Following on from the FEHVA visual arts festival, Dee Tipping (FEHVA founding co-ordinator 2004-2009 ) has developed a program with Wendy Ramsay, visual arts advisor with the NSW Department of Education, which unfolds over two days at the end of May.

Thursday, May 27, is a day of practical workshops, for a limited number of participants, while Friday, May 28, offers a lecture series at Whitebrook Theatre, SCU.

ARTspan will present Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, installation artists whose work is currently exhibited in the sixth Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.

Originally from the Philippines, this husband and wife team works with installations that involve collecting objects laden with histories and memories. Through ARTspan they’ll introduce students to this collective, collaborative form of art.

The lecture program will also feature presentations by Russell Storer (curator of Contemporary Asian Art at Queensland Art Gallery), Andrew Frost (art critic and columnist), Wendy Ramsay and lecturers from SCU.

Bookings are still available for school groups wishing to attend the lecture. The cost is $55 for adults, $35 for students.

For more info and bookings phone the Byron Bay Writers Festival on 6685 5115 or email artspan@nrwc.org.au.


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