FOUNDING FAMILY: Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood (centre) with members of Byron School of Art.
FOUNDING FAMILY: Arts Northern Rivers CEO Peter Wood (centre) with members of Byron School of Art. Veda Dante

Art school fills the gap left by funding cuts

ARTS Northern Rivers chief executive Peter Wood has praised the founders of the newly established Byron School of Art for filling the vacuum left by funding cuts.

Built on the international model of artists teaching artists in studio-based environments, the school is run by experienced educators with nationally recognised art practices.

"Highly competitive government funding and cuts to education pathways for artists mean the sector, more than ever, is required to create its own opportunities and professional development programs," Mr Wood said at the school's opening at the studio of artist and co-founder James Guppy.

Vicky Attenborough, who took part in Michael Cusack's Observational and Experimental Drawing course, said the studio learning offered both theoretical and practical experience.

"It's great to see how an accomplished artist does what they do: how they work and what they surround themselves with."

Applications are now open for the school's first year-long course, which will culminate in a public exhibition of student work.

"Visual Arts Portfolio 2014 is designed to facilitate a critical awareness and understanding of visual arts and its contexts," said James Guppy.

"We aim to engender an understanding in the student that an art practice can be developed and sustained over a lifetime."

To register for the course, phone 0431 034 892 or visit www.byronschoolofart.com.


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