In 2005 the Newcastle Conservatorium had two public concerts with students playing Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” which was originally written as a musical tribute to the work of artist Victor Hartmann.
I painted a series of artworks as the music was being played and this was projected onto a large screen over the orchestra. The public response was positive even though I lost my place several times, and my artistic interpretations were probably very different to Hartmann’s original works.
The NSW government makes major cuts to TAFE art courses, effectively ending many art schools by making them unaffordable. Premier Barry O’Farrell justifies this by claiming artists have no prospects of finding work. I used myself as a case for the defence. Many people however don’t think I’ve got a real job.