During 2017, students from CJSC partnered with Co3 Australian contemporary dance company to produce a spectacular collection of creative works across the visual art disciplines of drawing, sculpture, ceramics, digital imaging and painting.
Co3 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill’s initial point of inspiration for the dance work THE ZONE, complemented by a specially designed curriculum by CJSC Arts staff, inspired students to research, explore and interpret historical and contemporary art theories and practices, while learning and developing new skills and techniques to express their concepts. The excitingly varied outcomes of this process were exhibited in the foyer during THE ZONE performance season at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
This project provided students and staff with the opportunity to work with practicing artists and art industry professionals. These included Artistic Director Raewyn Hill; Co3’s marketing team and dancers; artist in residence Peggy McKenna; contributing artists Andy Quilty, Claire Bushby, Lucy Bromell; and the backstage and front of house staff at STCWA.
The creation of works for THE ZONE exhibition was an invaluable opportunity; expanding on the student learning program and actively engaging students alongside artists and arts industry professionals. This exhibition not only showcased student achievement and teacher dedication, but rewarded the students commitment to making and exhibiting artworks with significant exposure and opportunity for feedback and networking.