Journal is a community based multi panelled public artwork created by The 3rd Door Studios.
Artist’s Jerome Dobinson and Amanda Kay from the The 3rd Door Studios worked closely with the George Town community over three months to create the artwork which is displayed on the internal and some external windows of the LINC building. The artwork tells the story of George Town’s history through the drawings of the local children, beginning with the pre-colonial era right up to the present day.
Over 100 local children attended a series of creative drawing workshops lead by the artists and were asked to respond to a range of significant events in George Town’s history. The artwork is a wonderful example of the power of community, collaboration and co-operation and is one that the community is very proud of.
excerpt from Artists statement
“As artists and designers it was important to us to create an authentic artwork that engaged and involved the community. We decided that working with the children of George Town would result in an exciting piece of design communication that would be accessible to all walks of life and people of all ages. It would also serve to showcase the children’s many talents and help nurture a sense of local pride. Collecting the material has been an organic process and collaboratively we have truly created a community based piece of art, that is historically relevant as well as being uplifting and engaging for all parties involved. The result is a dynamic representation of the life of a township, made for the people by the people.
The artwork itself does more than just illustrate the historical significance of George Town, it seeks to capture the spirit of the local community. This is achieved by bringing people together to create a single piece of art that represents the cultural diversity of life in George Town today. It does this in a colourful and playful way, in the hope that people and users of the space will feel inspired and proud of the rich community that exists in George Town whilst visiting their hub.”
Jerome Dobinson and Amanda Kay
Jerome Dobinson has been working as a designer/visual artist since 1995 upon completing a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Art Direction at RMIT University. He worked as an Art Director for various advertising agencies in Melbourne. Jerome then went out on his own as a private contract designer working on brand development, identity design and environmental graphics. In 2006 Jerome relocated to Tasmania where he co-founded The 3rd Door [T3D] where he continues to work as a creative director on various clients, contracts and public commissions.
Amanda Kay has been working in the design and publishing industry since 1999 after attending the School of Colour and Design in Sydney and the Enmore Design Centre. In 2005 Amanda traveled throughout Australia pursuing her love for writing before settling in Tasmania in 2007. Upon arrival her poetry was published in Artscapes, a photographic journal of Tasmania’s Wilderness by the photographer Wolfgang Glowacki. In 2009 she co-founded an artists cooperative manufacturing recycled products for major galleries suchas Mona, The MCA and The Art Gallery of NSW.
In 2011 and 2012 the studio was proud to be short listed in the Tasmanian Design Awards as an object finalist. They have undertaken a number of public art commissions with the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.