Renowned Australian Artist Takes Up Residence to Inspire Students

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Posted on May 20, 2019

Redlands students had an exceptional experience when renowned Australian contemporary artist, Cameron Robbins, took up the position of artist in residence for two weeks in May.

Students worked with Robbins, drawing influence from the school’s architectural and natural environments to create a site-specific artwork on the Redlands Senior Campus. The resulting wind powered kinetic drawing machine harnesses the power of the wind to create intricate chalk works on the ground.  

This sculptural drawing machine, titled En plein air, has been generously gifted to the School by Robbins to form part of the Redlands Art Collection and now resides outside the John Roberts Centre.

Robbins’ work, which focuses on interactions with natural forces and the elements, features in galleries and art collections in Australia and internationally, including recently at MONA.

Redlands Principal, Dr Peter Lennox, said that both Junior and Secondary School students were excited to be involved in the Redlands Konica Minolta Artist in Residence program.

“Redlands was thrilled to welcome Cameron Robbins to our School, where he not only shaped our students’ visual arts skills, he also contributed an enduring work of art,” Dr Lennox said.

“Visual arts education at Redlands is designed to include dynamic learning experiences which support students to develop critical thought processes and put new skills into practice.

“Participation in the Redlands Konica Minolta Artist in Residence program will certainly help achieve that goal, expanding students’ skills and exposing them to one of the best contemporary artists in the country.”

Redlands Head of Visual Arts, Mark Harpley, welcomed the opportunity for the School’s budding artists to develop their artistic skills.

“Robbins’ dynamic practice and relationship with the environment excited, challenged and inspired our students, Mr Harpley said.

“Students explored the nature of site responsive artworks, investigating the relationships between conceptual and material practice.

“This project supported students’ understanding of how to evoke a desired response from their audience and how different mediums can bring their ideas to life.”

The 2019 Artist in Residence program also celebrated 22 years of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize with a showcase of the Redlands Collection on the Senior Campus.

About the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize

The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize invites established and emerging artists to showcase a major work with the winning artworks becoming part of Redlands’ permanent art collection. The next exhibition will be staged in 2020.

Over the past two decades Redlands School has built a unique and remarkable collection of major works by some of Australia’s most sought-after contemporary artists including past winners Diena Georgetti (2017), Pat Brassington (2016), Mikala Dwyer (2015), Vernon Ah Kee (2014), Callum Morton (2013), Ben Quilty (2012), Rodney Pople (2006), Lindy Lee (1998), Gordon Bennett (1997) and Imants Tillers (1996).

The Redlands Collection is a valuable resource that gives students a first-hand experience of the best of Australian contemporary art.

More details are at http://www.redlands.nsw.edu.au/redlandsartprize/

About the Artist

Cameron Robbins is a well-regarded contemporary artist based in Melbourne. His installations reflect a deep interest in the elements, and the resulting work seeks to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. Artworks such as wind powered drawing machines, steam organs and vortex chambers demonstrate these forces interacting.

Robbins has worked extensively in Australia, most recently at MONA, creating a site responsive artwork that is currently on permanent exhibition. Having worked with many schools, Cameron is very interested in education and children having access to first hand experiences of working with an artist.