Through CJ’s ArtsHouse project, students from Certificate II, Certificate III and ATAR Visual Art courses, partnered with Co3, contemporary dance company, to produce a spectacular collection of creative works across the visual art disciplines of drawing, sculpture, ceramics, digital imaging and painting. These works were then exhibited at the State Theatre Centre of WA from September 7 -16, 2017, when Co3 performed the dance production, ‘THE ZONE’.

The students were inspired by the production, ‘THE ZONE;’ in particular, Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill’s perspective on the unique way that communities come together under difficult circumstances. CJ Arts teachers, Marie Molloy, Dee George, Loretta Lincoln and Kayleigh Geldenhuys then created curriculum to develop students’ skills and techniques in expressing their concepts. There was also collaboration with students from the Design course who created the catalogue of art works and students from Certificate II and III Live Production and Services who helped at the Co3 Artist Talk.

Throughout the project, inspiration and skill building were delivered by the incredible ArtsHouse team, who organised events and live drawing workshops of the dancers, culminating in student drawing demonstrations for the public at the State Theatre. The artists involved were: artist in residence, Peggy McKenna; Andy Quilty; Claire Bushby and Lucy Bromell who all worked alongside students and staff; organisational support was generously given by volunteer, Shonie McKibbin.