This unit investigates the use of found materials to create sculpture. Recycled materials can be sourced from rubbish bins, skips, second hand shops, tip shops, paper recycling boxes, garages etc. The final works have the option of being outdoor or indoor sculpture and can be made from a vast range of materials. The conceptual process is an important part within the development of the sculpture. Students need to indicate a metaphor as a framework to develop the work before the materials are sought. However the selection of found materials implies that the original concept will evolve.
There will be a series of demonstrations involving the use of tools and techniques as they are related to the practice of sculpture. There will be a presentation to give an overview of recycled sculpture, where techniques and material usage will be examined. Through studio discussion, studio practice, and critiques you will develop the foundation necessary to produce technically competent and conceptually informed work.
This workshop will be delivered by Will Heathcote.
Originally from Tasmania, Will has completed a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts.
In 2003 he finished a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Melbourne, also studying abroad at the British School of Art in Rome. His artistic practice to date is primarily concerned with natural formations and the mechanics of architectural and cultural intervention.
He has shown in Australia and Canada in both group and solo shows. During recent years in Melbourne he has had the oportunity to be part of the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative, a public sculpture project in Melbourne’s Docklands and was also shortlisted for the Wallara Traveling Scholarship at Margaret Lawerence Gallery.
Since completing study at the VCA, Will has been selcted for Hatched 2011 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and most recently was chosen to take part of the McClelland Sculpture Award and Survey in Frankston, Victoria.