School of Architecture

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Carroll Go-Sam discussing 3D Indenti-structure by Alearah Jones, Hymba Yumba Independent School. Photo: Chloe Callistemon

UQ School of Architecture Researcher Carroll Go-Sam, from the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, was one of four Indigenous mentors from the creative industry invited by QLD Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art - QAGOMA and GILIMBAA to Design Tracks 2017. Design Tracks is an ongoing and expanding program by QAGOMA introducing Indigenous high school students to pathways into the creative industry. Under the workshop theme, MAKING COUNTRY, PLACE AND FORM, students received one on one guidance from Indigenous leaders stemming from architecture, printmaking, textiles and graphic arts.  Carroll set students a rapid production task exploring their own connections to country and place through form making. Using recycled materials students created 3D Indenti-structures. Employing new techniques students learnt to communicate core ideas about PLACE and FORM aimed to enhance their design awareness through abstraction. They produced conceptual spatial models infused with colours, textures, materials, elements and forms related to their connections to place. Final productions were presented by students to an audience consisting of their peers, mentors, QAGOMA and GILIMBAA staff.

Architecture in Australia has one of the lowest Indigenous participation and completion rates, which is not comparable to other Commonwealth and OECD nations. The University of Queensland has the highest completion rates of Indigenous graduates in design and continues to support careers learning for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students. But, more can be done. While other cognate creative industries have higher levels of participation across diverse Indigenous communities, mentors from Universities can play important roles. University staff working collaboratively on targeted programs such as Design Tracks will continue to effectively engage students in the breadth of the creative industry and present opportunities now and beyond.