The future? I don’t know. But I am pleased to announce officially that I have been offered a place in Master of Design (Contemporary Art) with the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. A very practical programme of postgraduate study, I have the chance to learn more on commercially viable art practices, whilst exploring an artistic idea, and continue and advance my interest and skills in arts administration.
My artistic idea – statement of intent to be more academically correct, is “seeing the unseen”. Establishing how to use visual art to communicate hidden health conditions, particularly afflicting the brain and nervous systems. I do speak of anxiety, depression and, even, from current personal experiences with vestibular dysfunction. If you still don’t know what “vestibular” is, it is not that difficult to look it up!
Coincidentally, my intent coincides with the university’s Match Studio initiative, with one of their ongoing projects being Visualising Mental Health – bringing psychologists from the community to work collaboratively with postgraduate students to develop ways of communicating mental health to the broader Australian public. This is an exciting development to come from after my application and will assist my idea of “seeing the unseen” during the course of this Masters.
Given the obvious state of affairs around at present, unfortunately, I will have to defer my offer until the new year. Logistically, it is a total nightmare at present! Uber uncertainties! With little on offer to start online. So, in the meantime, if anyone knows good reasonable folk in Adelaide, who could house a quirky 40 year-old arty farty from the end of this year, or beginning of next, please let me know. I have tremendous references and can cook! As for the remaining time here in Queensland, destiny can play with that now, as my proactive efforts in the last four years for permanent roots are exhausted. So, time to have some fun …
Martin “Woody” Robinson