Design Tasmania Camp inspires creators

CREATION: Participants in the Design Tasmania Camp 2015, being inspired by place. Picture: Chris Crear

CREATION: Participants in the Design Tasmania Camp 2015, being inspired by place. Picture: Chris Crear

Provoking, extending and exploring will be key aspects of the Design Tasmania Camp for 2016, which will bring together artists and designers from a range of disciplines to learn and create together. 

The artists will converge on the Spring Bay Mill and over a weekend, from October 28 to 31, will use the space to facilitate their creative growth and inspire a site specific work, which will be part of Ten Days on the Island. 

Design Tasmania chief executive officer and mentor at the camp Karina Clarke said putting people in beautiful locations allows them to explore themselves, their practice and methodologies. 

“To kind of put them in a position where they're kind of provoked to extend themselves and think about their practice in a different way,”  she said. 

We get used to routine and sometimes to explore ourselves in creative sense you need to ... separate yourself out from the day to day. - Karina Clarke

​”We get used to routine and sometimes to explore ourselves in creative sense you need to ... separate yourself out from the day to day.”

Three mentors will work with the artists as they explore the Spring Bay Mill and their response to it. Ms Clarke said the Spring Bay Mill is a unique location. 

“That location is just amazing, amazingly rich as a landscape but also historically,” she said. 

Artists will work in groups of three to five to create their works, and will also design an orienteering course to lead viewers to their piece. 

The idea of a journey is an important theme in the camp. Ms Clarke thinks it will be a good frame for the designers in creating, and in allowing the public to develop new understandings of the site. 

“It’s a great theme it's quite open and it will bring about people's ability to communicate, to collaborate and to participate in something quite extraordinary,” she said. 

For the first time this year corporate representatives will be invited to the camp, to give them a better understanding of, and unique insight into, the design process. 

“Often people don’t really get to experience [design] in a context outside their own business and therefore it doesn’t really sink in,” Ms Clarke said. 

There are still places available on the camp. People interested in the camp should contact Ms Clarke at Design Tasmania to discuss their participation. 

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