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For Terri Friesen, art has the power to make her find herself and
lose herself all at the same time.
A retired Albury schoolteacher who spent decades helping instill a
love of learning into children, Mrs Friesen decided on retirement she
would invest further in her own passion for unique retro art.
Enter TAFE NSW. Already an accomplished artist, Mrs Friesen enrolled
in an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW Albury to extend her
technical skills and learn more about the theory and business of art.
Just weeks after graduating in December last year, Mrs Friesen was
offered an opportunity to exhibit her work at Albury’s GIGS Art
Gallery and Studios. The exhibition, called Triple Impressions,
will feature Mrs Friesen’s artwork alongside the works of two TAFE NSW
classmates, Nia Jenkins and Kim Nelson Thomson, and will run from 22
January to 17 February.
Mrs Friesen said she was already seeing her TAFE NSW Advanced Diploma
“It really helped open my eyes to the business component of the art
world and was a great opportunity to meet like-minded artists,” she
said. “The teachers were excellent. They let you chart your own course
but were always there to help if you were stuck.”
Mrs Friesen’s unique artwork is a type of reinvention, with the
artist collecting vintage linen and textile fabric, and using
stitching techniques to repurpose it and evoke a sense of nostalgia in
TAFE NSW Art and Design Teacher Mary-Jane Griggs said the popularity
of the TAFE NSW Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts was
reflective of a maturing jobs market in the arts sector.
New figures have revealed the “creative industries” are worth more
than $90 billion to the nation annually, with the industry accounting
for more than 6 per cent of total employment.
“The whole professionalisation of the arts has created so many jobs,”
Ms Griggs said.
“Local government in particular is taking a lead role in establishing
cultural policies and ensuring the local cultural scene is vibrant and
it’s the TAFE NSW graduates that are securing these positions. The
sector has grown so much in recent years and there are scores of
people now employed in the arts.”
Ms Griggs said TAFE NSW graduates have been employed in a wide range
of roles, from education and research roles in art galleries to
positions within local government.
The Diploma of Visual Arts explored techniques in painting, drawing,
printmaking and 3D, she said, while also examining the work of the
The Advanced Diploma covers similar ground but expands to arm
students with the industry knowledge and experience to be a practicing
To find out more about studying visual arts at TAFE NSW or to enrol
for semester one 2019, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media contact: Daniel Johns, TAFE NSW Media and Communications
– Business Partner, 6938 1441, mobile 0477 722 428.
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