As part of a successful grant application, we are thrilled to announce that Canadian Lead Primary School will be part of the Creative Workers in Schools Program over the second half of 2021. The artist who will be working with our school, Diokno Pasilan (Jock), trained at the WA School of Art, Design and Media in Perth. He has been a part of the Artists in School program previously at Mount Clear Secondary College, and has staged numerous exhibitions in Ballarat, Melbourne, and internationally. His art production includes painting, printmaking, installation, video, performance and music.
Diokno says: As an artist, I am interested in creating works using different mediums that focus on aspects of remembrance and memory. Memories are the bridge to my art practice that is enriched by communities and their material culture. Weaving stories and narratives and bringing together an assortment of objects and images, is what I find inspiring. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work.
Diokno will set up a studio space in the art room in Term 3. Students, staff and families will be able to see Diokno at work and observe the artistic process in real time. Diokno will also work with all students from Foundation to Year 6, with some additional sessions with our Year 6 students. While we aren’t quite sure yet where this creative journey will take us, it will end with an exhibition or permanent art piece at school.
The Creative Workers in Schools program, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Department of Education and Training and Creative Victoria through the support of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative, is providing the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools. Regional Arts Victoria is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria.
As an example of his work, below is a stunning installation that Diokno created with students using cut up recycled milk containers.