Design work on display at university

UniSA Design and Construct Director David Morris and Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg with one of the many architectural works on display.
UniSA Design and Construct Director David Morris and Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg with one of the many architectural works on display.

The University of South Australia Whyalla Campus recently showcased a host of art, architecture and design projects in a unique facility.

The Mobile Art, Architecture and Design Studio gave current and future students a chance to view projects that may inspire them to take up a particular course.

UniSA Design and Construct Director David Morris said the visit was a part of the university’s community engagement policy.

“Part of that is working with communities that are often very remote, so we developed this facility to bring art exhibitions and a functioning classroom out to these areas,” he said.

“We came to Whyalla to promote what the School of Art, Architecture and Design offers for students who might not know what’s available.”

Works displayed in the mobile studio were created by university students, including a variety of art in fields such as painting, ceramics, glass, drawing and sculpture.

“A majority of the architectural work is actually our design and construct work we do in remote communities. These include visitors centres, aboriginal housing, bungalows and so on,” Mr Morris said.

“We have taken school students through creative classes which can focus on building models of bridges, constructing conceptual town plans for Whyalla or colour and drawing exercises.

“They can have a taste of what that design process is like.”

Mr Morris said local students had been ‘really engaged’ in the classes.

“Most of them participated in four classes of these different subjects and they seemed to really enjoy themselves,” he said.

Whyalla Campus Regional Manager Paul Havelberg said it was really exciting to have the mobile studio at the local campus.

“It’s a great opportunity for those in the community to see what design work university students have done and talk to local students about the programs,” he said.

“This is the first time this studio has been fitted out on campus so it’s really exciting that they have chosen to come to Whyalla.

“Part of the project has been to invite students from across the region to visit Whyalla and enjoy what’s on offer at the mobile studio.” 

The studio was very popular with the community, with many viewing the works.