The ArtsHouse

Cyril Jackson Senior Campus’ (CJSC) creative space – ArtsHouse, provides an opportunity for artists to mentor, explore and collaborate with students, staff and the community in a range of arts projects. The initiative creates a rich learning environment and community building opportunity.

ArtsHouse is based on an idea of ‘space for service’. Free studio space, facilities and equipment are offered to artists in exchange for a service provided to the campus and/or community. Artists are required to work with the wider (arts) community to build connections for students and the school with the professional art world.

The land surrounding ArtsHouse has been made available to the community through the development of the ArtsHouse Community Garden Inc. For Cyril Jackson to be building relationships in the community through the ArtsHouse initiative provides an additional valuable dimension to the school.

Keep reading to see who will be working at ArtsHouse in 2017 and how you can get involved!
For any enquiries please email for more information.


Artists in Residence

Welcome artist in residence, Claire Bushby, who is an artist and curator based in Perth, WA. She completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) at Edith Cowan University in 2015 investigating collective production and participatory art in relation to the Internet and its impact on human connection and creativity.


In 2014, she completed a residency at Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan where she facilitated a socially engaged project called “#RT_samplr”. This project resulted in exhibitions in both Taipei and Perth, plus a bi-lingual (Chinese/English) publication.

Also in 2014, Claire co-curated the “Third Space” exhibition with her colleague, Dr. Donna Franklin, at Spectrum Project Space.  That exhibition brought together 20 artists from Perth and Shanghai to develop collaborative artworks based on Homi Bhabha’s social theories of the “third space” in relation to modern societies and migration.

Claire successfully applied for funding from Department of Culture and the Arts, WA for a residency at Listhus Artspace, Northern Iceland to develop new works for a solo exhibition at Free Range Gallery, Perth titled, “Asking the Stones Where to Begin” which exhibited in July 2016.

Claire is the curator for the annual “Stations of the Cross” exhibition at Wesley Uniting Church, an annual event that showcases contemporary WA artists and aims to engage viewers in  multi-faith conversations about the themes of life, mortality, empathy and transformation.

For Claire’s residency at ArtsHouse she will be exploring the theme of “Borderlines”, looking at ways in which land is divided up for human use and how this influences the relationship we have with nature. Claire’s work is based in textiles including weaving, felting, embroidery and cross-stitch but often also employs multi-media/audio visual components.

Also welcome back to Peggy McKenna, who was our first artist in residence 2015 and is back helping at ArtsHouse. Peggy is an Irish Ceramic Artist who, for the last 20 years, has been living between Perth and Ireland.

Peggy completed her Honours Degree in Ceramics at Cardiff College of Art, Wales and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy at Edith Cowan, Perth. She ran her own Ceramic business and has exhibited widely in Ireland. Having spent 7 years as a Ceramic and Sculpture Lecturer on a Fine Art Honours Degree programme in Ireland, she is looking forward to immersing herself in her own arts practice at CJ.

While Peggy’s main work is ceramic based, she will engage with other materials to develop a theme around ‘Movement’, from both an emotional and physical perspective. Having experienced firsthand, several moves to and from Perth, she intends to explore the views of others who have made life changing moves.

As part of her residency, Peggy is helping to set up the Ceramic Workshop as a new area to conduct classes for C.J. students and staff, as well as community groups. ArtHouse will also be used as her workspace where people can visit her and have a chat and a cuppa!


2016 saw us graced by the extraordinary talents of Emma May Lashmar, Michael Grau and Elizabeth Morrison who put on a house warming exhibition that exceeded all expectations. Emma May Lashmar is a visual artist with a passion for large immersive installation works.


Trained in glassblowing at Monash University, Melbourne, Emma incorporates crafted glass components into suspended swarms of elements, often with integrated lighting or an interactive system at play. Having recently returned to her home town of Perth, after a decade based interstate and overseas, Emma is excited to get cracking on her first major work yet to be exhibited here in Western Australia.

Following a hiatus from her practice to have her first child, Emma’s focus has shifted towards feeling out the joys and limitations of the intensely domestic sphere of a new family, exploring shifting notions of “quality time” and priority, and reflecting on the sense of self constructed in early childhood.

This work will bring to life a theatrical dreamscape version of Emma’s grandparent’s garden… portraying a surreal subterranean version of the place etched in her memory as the space in which her most formative early experiences and relationships unfolded, and offering it up as a creative space of curiosity, investigation and reflection.

To see Emma’s previous works:


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