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NMIT Visual Arts graduate wins 2013 Bald Archy Prize

29 May 2013

Warren Lane, a former graduate of the NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts has won the coveted 2013 Bald Archy Prize in Sydney.

The Bald Archy prize is an annual award for satirical portraiture and is the brainchild of former arts administrator, Peter Batey OAM.

Created in response to the Archibald Prize, the 'Bald Archy' has found its own following in recent years and winners receive national and international acclaim for their often irreverent portrayal of Australian public figures.

Warren's painting of mining magnate, Gina Rinehart, in the 'The Banquet of Gina & Ginia' won the main prize of $7,500 and is currently on tour in Coffs Harbour as part of the 2013 Bald Archy Touring Exhibition.

A local resident of Thornbury, Warren Lane has had a passion for art and painting since he was a child. He decided to study art as a mature-aged student and graduated from the NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts in 2007.

Warren's greatest challenge has been juggling his life as an artist with a full-time job as a fireman and father of two children.

Previously self-taught, Warren decided to explore an arts diploma after he found more and more people in the art industry tended to value formal qualifications.

It was only then Warren realised he may need to study art in an education setting to build his profile in the arts industry and learn new techniques.

“I couldn't speak highly enough of the NMIT staff as they were extremely supportive. As I worked full-time in the fire brigade, I thought I might struggle with the time needed to study, so the flexibility offered was very important,” said Warren.

NMIT was able to offer Warren an opportunity to study his diploma on a part-time basis taking into account his other work commitments.

NMIT's Visual Arts Coordinator, Peter Kartsounis, worked closely with Warren during his studies to map out a suitable timetable for his attendance on campus, delivery of course assignments and shift-work in the fire brigade.

“Warren worked incredibly hard to juggle his studies and work commitments. He was truly an excellent student with a strong work ethic, always reliable in completing work off-campus if he had to miss some classes, often exceeding the requirements of a project brief in his determination to learn as much as he could from his time at NMIT.

We are always happy to tailor an individual study plan for students in Warren's situation. Part-timers are integrated in classes with full-time students, so they always feel they're part of the main group, not treated as a separate cohort. We offer part-time students considerable flexibility on the number and range of subjects studied per semester, and work with whatever timeframe they need to complete their course.” said Peter.

NMIT teachers and support staff stay in regular contact with part-time students to monitor their progress.

NMIT offers a Certificate III in Visual Arts as a mid-year intake commencing on the 15th of July, running across the Preston and Epping campuses on timetabled days.

Peter Kartsounis believes the mid-year program can help students develop their skills and compile a portfolio of work to successfully apply for entry into higher level courses the following academic year.

Prospective students can contact Visual Arts Department or phone 03 9269 1623 for more information about the Certificate III in Visual Arts.

Warren Lane will hold his first solo exhibition of work at the Bundoora Homestead in Darebin next year or you can find more of his work on Facebook/Warren Lane .

Image of Warren Lane's 'The Banquet of Gina and Ginia' used with permission Courtesy Peter Batey


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