Creative Arts at Deakin University

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Visual Arts - Staff
Simon Grennan
Teaching One of the things that drew me towards teaching was simply an interest in visual problem solving and sharing this interest with other artists-in-the-making. The conceptual, formal, and technical alchemy that takes place in making an ‘artwork’; the puzzle of what makes an artwork work - or not work - or work better; the collegial conversation around pictures and what they might mean, I find it all endlessly absorbing. My own ambition as an educator is to provide students with a useful ‘tool kit’ of conceptual and technical processes and skills that they can draw on when inventing, working through, and solving their own visual ‘problems’.
Practice Within my current practice, various ‘entanglements’ are sort between the realms of the (not particularly) personal, popular culture, history (art/colonial/evolutionary), and the vernacular landscape. Pictorially binding these disparate histories together is the local landscape, in my case it is the rather tame, everyday ‘green spaces’ that are wedged into the small crevices between residential grids that must perform this task.
Research Current PhD research centers on the relationship between landscape and human consciousness studies. I’m particularly interested in their analogous structures and processes and how recent consciousness research might provide new tools or frameworks for theorizing landscape and interpreting landscape art. More broadly, I’m interested in the intrinsically integrative nature of the landscape medium, as one which, for better or worse, fuses (as well as diffuses) mental and external phenomena together. Landscape has this power to make whole … if not necessarily wholesome.

Visual Arts - Staff

Simon Grennan

Teaching
One of the things that drew me towards teaching was simply an interest in visual problem solving and sharing this interest with other artists-in-the-making. The conceptual, formal, and technical alchemy that takes place in making an ‘artwork’; the puzzle of what makes an artwork work - or not work - or work better; the collegial conversation around pictures and what they might mean, I find it all endlessly absorbing. My own ambition as an educator is to provide students with a useful ‘tool kit’ of conceptual and technical processes and skills that they can draw on when inventing, working through, and solving their own visual ‘problems’.

Practice
Within my current practice, various ‘entanglements’ are sort between the realms of the (not particularly) personal, popular culture, history (art/colonial/evolutionary), and the vernacular landscape. Pictorially binding these disparate histories together is the local landscape, in my case it is the rather tame, everyday ‘green spaces’ that are wedged into the small crevices between residential grids that must perform this task.

Research
Current PhD research centers on the relationship between landscape and human consciousness studies. I’m particularly interested in their analogous structures and processes and how recent consciousness research might provide new tools or frameworks for theorizing landscape and interpreting landscape art. More broadly, I’m interested in the intrinsically integrative nature of the landscape medium, as one which, for better or worse, fuses (as well as diffuses) mental and external phenomena together. Landscape has this power to make whole … if not necessarily wholesome.

Visual Arts - Staff
Deborah Walker has been a practising professional artist over many decades and has worked across a variety of disciplines, including painting printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Yet despite the diversity of expression her aesthetic focus and research concerns have remained constant. The content of her work continues to be with the ambiguity and enigma that is often present in the visual.

Visual Arts - Staff

Deborah Walker has been a practising professional artist over many decades and has worked across a variety of disciplines, including painting printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Yet despite the diversity of expression her aesthetic focus and research concerns have remained constant. The content of her work continues to be with the ambiguity and enigma that is often present in the visual.

DFestival is the graduate exhibition for all third year Creative Arts majors at Deakin University. In 2013 we are showcasing 45 different projects from 248 students, in 7 disciplines - Animation, Dance, Drama, Film, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication
See the program at http://www.scribd.com/doc/176498459/DFestival-2013-Program

DFestival is the graduate exhibition for all third year Creative Arts majors at Deakin University. In 2013 we are showcasing 45 different projects from 248 students, in 7 disciplines - Animation, Dance, Drama, Film, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication

See the program at
http://www.scribd.com/doc/176498459/DFestival-2013-Program

Alumni in profile - Gillian

Professionally, my proudest achievement to date is…
"Being selected as one of only 24 artists from all residents who have worked at Cill Rialaig, in County Kerry Ireland, to contribute a work for a major event in London. “The Campaign for Wool”, under the patronage of Prince Charles, is a showcase for everything about wool, and the exhibition was held at Somerset House in March 2013. After the exhibition, the works were returned to Ireland to be shown in the gallery at Cill Rialaig. My art work celebrates Australian merino wool through a mixed media ‘portrait’ of a merino ram from a local farm in Gnawarre in Victoria.”

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Alumni in Profile - Carisa

Deakin Visual Arts graduate, Carisa Lee, says combining her passion for artistic expression with her work in the aged and disability care industries has proven to be very rewarding.

"My employment duties are varied, I am currently juggling six different employment roles. These include being a Disability Support Worker (Arts Connection: Theatre and Visual Arts Programming), Activities Assistant (Aged Care), Personal Care Attendant (Aged Care), Creative Arts Tutor (Adult Education & Gallery Workshops), Gallery Assistant and Artist & Designer."

Read more from Carisa
http://www.deakin.edu.au/alumni/profiles/articles/carisa-a-lynch.php

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Facilities

Deakin University has outstanding facilities for Creative Arts students . An 18.4 million dollar facility, located at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, provides students access to an array of industry standard production and performance studios.

This unique facility allows students to work in an environment that encourages collaboration between art forms, and fosters the development of multi-skilled graduates.

The complex spans four levels, with dedicated studios for dance, drama, visual arts, tv and sound. There are also screening rooms, mixing facilities, digital video editing and animation suites, computer labs, photographic darkrooms and digital imaging studios. Collaborative spaces for hybrid art forms are also housed here.

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“ Deakin’s Visual Arts program fosters students’ creative and intellectual development, and provides a broad preparation for employment within an expanding arts and culture sector. ”