We will spend our three days at Carnarvon Gorge exploring approaches to working in the natural environment through the lens of drawing. Drawing is immediate, versatile and flexible, and can be considered a foundational skill for other artistic disciplines. While we often think of drawing in the traditional sense where it is used to accurately represent an image on paper, it can also be used innovatively to generate contemporary artwork. Exciting artistic possibilities exist when drawing intersects with other modalities such as the technological, environmental, personal, historical, cultural, spatial/sculptural, sensory, ephemeral, textual and even collaborative. Over the three days, we will move from a tutor-guided exploration of drawing materials, techniques and processes towards a participant-negotiated process where you will independently make and resolve work, with input and feedback from peers and tutor. During Days One and Two, you will be guided through explorations of the language and processes of drawing. This will include:
Having been immersed in foundational approaches to drawing and making work in a natural environment during Days One and Two, the focus for Day Three will shift from tutor-guided to participant-led. Using the knowledge and understanding gained in the previous days’ explorations as a springboard, participants will propose a small project that they wish to resolve for Day Three and negotiate this with the tutor. Regular feedback will be a key part of resolving the work and tutor assistance will be provided as required.
Erin Dunne is an artist and arts educator currently based in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Through her work, she aims to capture and distil a sense of what it means to live and work in regional Central Queensland from her perspective...
Erin Dunne is an artist and arts educator currently based in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Through her work, she aims to capture and distil a sense of what it means to live and work in regional Central Queensland from her perspective, rendered in a poetic way that balances technical and conceptual considerations and that ultimately resonates with audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with the area.
Experimenting with the language and processes of drawing through both traditional and contemporary approaches forms the foundation of Dunne’s practice. She is attracted to drawing’s immediacy, flexibility and versatility, seeking to exploit its capacity for representing the narrative, poetic and gestural, and the resultant tension created when these intersect on paper.
Conceptually, Dunne’s work investigates the personal significance and poetic resonances of place through an autobiographical lens. As her days unfold through the routines, rhythms and rituals of life in Rockhampton, she adopts the position of complete-participant observer. Reflecting an ongoing phenomenological research methodology, she documents observations of life in a regional city from her perspective through writing, drawing and photography. It is this body of research that Dunne distils and synthesis to make drawings that privilege a subjective sense of what it means to live and work in Rockhampton, offering a counter-narrative to myths and assumptions that persist about the nature of regional areas and the people who call them home.
Recent achievements include winning the 2019 Bayton Award for Central Queensland artists, held biennially at Rockhampton Art Gallery and valued at $17,000. The prize consists of a $5000 acquisitive award, a six-week residency in Zhenjiang, China, during 2020, and a solo exhibition at the new Rockhampton Art Gallery in 2022. In 2018, Dunne won the Queensland Regional Art Awards Holding Redlich Art for Life overall prize, valued at $10, 000, and was invited to hold her first major solo exhibition at Rockhampton Art Gallery, “House”.
In addition to her arts practice, Dunne is passionate about high quality arts learning experiences for people in rural and regional areas. She has worked as a secondary art teacher, an artist-in-residence in schools, and facilitated drawing workshops for learners of all ages around Queensland.
Please bring a selection of your favourite dry drawing media. This could include any of the following, but you do not have to bring them all – just what you like working with/already have:
Please bring a selection of your favourite wet drawing media. This could include any of the following, but you do not have to bring them all – just what you like working with/already have:
Useful optional extras (not essential):