The Yaroomba Beach Artist in Residence program welcomes its first artist for 2018 with Jonas Pettersson facilitating two workshops and an exhibition at Yaroomba Beach Design Centre from 24th August.
Based in Sweden, Jonas has a passion for evolving communication strategies including the use of robotic communication to share and uplift communities with vibrant art encompassing and inte-grating sound, digital and innovative design with other traditional art mediums.
Event facilitator Wyn Vogel, Curator of Fish Lane Studios said Jonas will be undertaking two work-shops which will highlight his ability to unite people through art and communications.
"Jonas will share images of his artwork, original music compositions and videos, traditional art me-diums and new robotic experimentations. His key driver is to break down 'isolation' which is very applicable here in Australia where we have so many regional and remote communities.
“During his tenure, the Yaroomba Beach Design Centre will be transformed with large screen im-ages of his artwork including watercolour, cyanotype printing, music and remotely controlled robot-ic experimentations, it’s really exciting and ground-breaking artwork,” Wyn said.
University of the Sunshine Coast staff and students will also participate in a 2-day workshop with Jonas to learn more about the fast moving, evolving world of robotics and communicating with re-mote communities.
USC’s design lecturer Dr Uwe Terton said both staff and students will greatly benefit from partici-pating in the program with Jonas.
“It’s not often you get to engage with such a leading edge international renowned artist, both our staff and students will have exposure to cutting edge technology and art while also networking with both local, national and global artist.
"There is no doubt in my mind that career opportunities for our students will be enhanced as they learn more about these innovative techniques and develop skills that can be applied to their future career,” Dr Terton said.
Yaroomba Beach Project Director Evan Aldridge said the Artist in Residence program was estab-lished three years ago in order to open new horizons for local Sunshine Coast artists.
“Under the guidance of Wyn Vogel, the program continues to gain significant traction locally, na-tionally and internationally with successful and inspirational exchanges with the Sunshine Coast un-dertaken between Japan, France, Italy, China and Sweden.
“All of our visiting artists over the past three years have been of the highest calibre and Jonas will bring another interesting dimension to the program. I am pleased that we have had such strong in-terest in his workshops from a range of participants,” Evan said.
The program will run from 24-31 August and includes a free public open day on 31 August from 10am until 4pm, as part of the Sunshine Coast Council Horizon Festival to see Jonas produce his work and experience his robot creations.
The Sunshine Coast Artist in Residence Program, which is based at Yaroomba Beach, is supported by developers Sekisui House and Sunshine Coast Council as part of the Horizon Festival.
For further information and availability on the Workshop, visit: www.fishlanestudios.com