Join us from the comfort of your own home or art room

Following on from last year’s online series Come make with us #4 will have you discovering alternative ways to engage students with, but not limited to, drawing and sculpture.

This session will feature artists Jonathan McBurnie and Luke Thurgate. Both presenters will suggest ways of thinking through art making, the importance of practice and experimentation and using collage a compositional tool. A hands-on practical component is included during the session so make sure you have your materials ready.

The Zoom meeting link and materials list will be emailed to you one week prior to the event, please email if you do not receive this email.

Photo: Jonathan McBurnie.

Jonathan McBurnie is an artist, writer and cartoonist based in Rockhampton, Queensland.

McBurnie completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2014, examining the shifting role of drawing in the digital age, emphasizing the discipline’s ongoing tenacity through tactility, adaptability and eroticism. Over his two decades of artistic practice, McBurnie has earned a dedicated cult following with his prolific output, keen observational drawing and deadpan commentary of contemporary art.

Since 2021, McBurnie has been the Director of Rockhampton Museum of Art and has been published in EyelineCatalogueThe Lifted BrowPenthouse AustraliaTrip, the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture and Sneaky, where he was an editor and contributor. His first academic text, Litcomix: Literary Theory and the Graphic Novel, co-written by Adam Geczy, is due to be released in March 2023 by Rutgers University Press.

Photo: Sam Roberts.

Luke Thurgate is an artist and educator based in Sydney. He studied at the University of Newcastle, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2007. He is currently completing a Master of Fine Art at the National Art School where he also teaches drawing. Before moving to Sydney, Luke was a lecturer and public programs manager at Adelaide Central School of Art. He has held exhibition and education programming roles at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Newcastle Art Gallery.

Luke’s practice re-appropriates cultural signifiers used in the construction and deconstruction of identity. He is interested in a range of tensions that exist in contemporary figurative art making and explores these through sculptures, paintings and drawings. His work references masculinity, violence, romance and death.

Luke has exhibited extensively in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. He was the inaugural artist in residence at Burra Regional Art Gallery and has also done residences at Seymour College and Art Lab Australia. He has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including the 2020 Tom Bass Figurative Sculpture Prize, the 2019 Dobell Drawing Prize and the 2017 Whyalla Art Prize. Luke is represented in NSW by .M Contemporary.