The studio today
The students’ feelings of being overrun and having their spaces encroached upon were further exacerbated by comparisons of the staffing between the mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studios. The main studio, the Shed, was a large, open space room with entire walls of windows which allowed for a large amount of natural light. The mainstream art studio spaces had nothing like these facilities. The studios were set inside smaller demountables with more emphasis placed on drawing and painting techniques. Cultural protocols are a major issue for artists coming from the Torres Strait and such issues were being negotiated within the studio. Having other students as resources in the studio was helpful for navigating these tricky questions. Darren spoke specifically about the student body and make-up in the studio. The dynamics of the studio are quite different from its historical origins, but thread remains consistent.