Bachelor of Fine Arts student Josh Freeth says Elam feels like a second home thanks to the support of his tutors, lecturers, technicians and fellow students.
“I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of thinking critically about things I make. I chose to study at Elam because it has a record of producing good artists. You don’t need a qualification to be an artist, but it does help if you’re interested in creative industries such as film, animation, galleries and curatorial work.
“I wanted to go to Elam because I heard it was the best contemporary art school in the country. I enjoy the proximity to the city and the feeling of being near the action. The best things for me have been meeting new people. I enjoy going into uni every day to work with and be with other people who are likeminded and who push me.
“I like the facilities that are open for us to use, such as laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC (computer controlled) machines, also the big metal and wood workshops. I’ve enjoyed every project I’ve done. They’ve helped me explore new ways of making, and exposed me to new ideas that seem to click. All this wouldn’t be possible without brilliant tutors and technicians.
“Elam is a place to go whenever I want, where I can make things and hang out with all my friends. It starts to feel like a second home. All the tutors, lecturers and technicians are super supportive as well. Most valuably, it’s an environment where I can explore and experiment without being judged. We obviously think about things critically but inside the walls of Elam there’s near unlimited freedom as to what you want to pursue.
“This is the best place to come if you want to study contemporary art. You’ll have internationally recognised artists as your tutors. They’ll push you to make the best stuff you can. Elam is near heaps of galleries and is in the heart of one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It always feels busy and like something new is happening.”