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1991 National Summer School


The Third National Summer School in Computer Aided Art, Design and Manufacture (CAADM) for artists, craftworkers and designers was held at the Advanced Technology Education Centre, Regency College of TAFE for four weeks during January 1991.

The primary aim of the school was to facilitate the acquisition of computer based skills by artists. Due to the success of the program, and also the continuing lack of training opportunities for artists, ANAT introduced state-based Winter Schools, the first of which was held in Adelaide in July 1991. ANAT maintains contact with all former participants in order to monitor benefits of the Summer School to them and the wider community.

18 artists from all over Australia attended the 1991 Summer School. They were:

  • Ann Wulff (Tasmania)
  • John McQueenie (Tasmania)
  • Pat Hoffie (Queensland)
  • Glenda Nalder (Queensland)
  • Sheridan Kennedy (Queensland)
  • Natalie Jeremijenko (Queensland)
  • Peter Travis (New South Wales)
  • Linda Johnson (New South Wales)
  • Colleen Cruise (Western Australia)
  • Jill Smith (Western Australia)
  • Dale Nason (Victoria)
  • Troy Innocent (Victoria)
  • Robin Best (Victoria)
  • Rebecca Young (Victoria)
  • June Savage (Victoria)
  • Avra (Victoria)
  • Alan Cruikshank (South Australia)
  • Mark Abbott (South Australia)

Each student had their own computer work station. To complement the core skills-based program, a number of satellite events introduced participants to other new technologies and future-orientated issues through hands-on workshops and demonstrations, visits to industrial and research facilities and seminars.

Tutorial was given by technological experts from ATEC and technologically literate artists who were employed to offer their expertise in the area of computer imaging, and to focus on the creative, as opposed to the technical aspect of the program. They were Sally Pryor and John Tonkin, two of Australia’s most respected computer artists. Over three weeks, John and Sally taught the students animation, painting and manipulation on Amiga computers.