ACUADS 2013 was the second conference I've been to but the first conference I've submitted a paper for. It stands for Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools and this year the conference topic was, basically, 'the studio'. There were talks about the future of studio spaces in art schools, the theory and history of studios, and some lamenting of the rise of corporate architecture in art schools, particularly the recent renovations at COFA.
There were some fantastic talks, particularly those from Peter Sharp, Cathy Hunt, Sebastian Goldspink + Prue Gibson and Kristel Smits. Cathy Hunt's discussion around using iPads as an art room tool in high schools absolutely connected to me. Considering Cathy doesn't have a post-grad degree, I was stunned when she delivered one of the most interesting and thoughtful presentations earning (in my mind) more props than the Profs.
The paper I delivered was about my museum residency from last year and its development into an App later this year. What was different from my usual description of the work was that in this paper I was discussing the project's shortcomings and how I've gone towards resolving them for my upcoming project at the National Portrait Gallery, titled As Long As You're Here (9 October - November 10).
I met some other artists that I thought I'd give some link love to: Lucia Usmiani and Lucy Bleach (Hobart), Sarah Robinson (Perth - sorry no link but had to be named), Hobart Hughes, Ella Dreyfus and David Eastwood (Sydney). I hope I get a chance to see these folks again.