BIG BOOST: Byron School of Art founders Emma Walker (seated), Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, Meredeth Crowe, Sarah Harvey, James Guppy (seated) and Rick Shearman.
BIG BOOST: Byron School of Art founders Emma Walker (seated), Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, Meredeth Crowe, Sarah Harvey, James Guppy (seated) and Rick Shearman. VEDA DANTE

Byron art scene given a boost with new school of art

THE Byron Shire art scene has been given a massive boost with seven nationally renowned artists establishing an independent art school.

Christine Willcocks, Michael Cusack, James Guppy, Rick Shearman, Sarah Harvey, Meredeth Crowe and Emma Walker have opened Byron School of Art (BSA), which is built on the boutique model of artists teaching artists in a studio-based environment.

"We believe in providing a rigorous learning environment that is open to all levels of experience," said painter Emma Walker.

"Our aim is to encourage students to investigate interdisciplinary approaches, develop a strong work practice, and recognise the importance of art and its contribution to culture and society."

In addition to mentorships for emerging artists, BSA will present a range of specialist six-week courses.

"The BSA provides a fantastic opportunity for students to work with high-profile practising artists who are also very experienced educators," Ms Walker said.

"We have been working together, in various ways, for many years and our success as a group is built on a platform of great friendship and enormous respect."


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