CREATIVE ROLE: Ipswich artist Lee Fullarton with Blair State School students (from left) Emily Stokes, Jessica van der Weston and Sophie Neill.
CREATIVE ROLE: Ipswich artist Lee Fullarton with Blair State School students (from left) Emily Stokes, Jessica van der Weston and Sophie Neill. Rob Williams

Artist will use trip to inspire students

ARTIST and teacher Lee Fullarton will use a six-week residency in India to inspire Ipswich's next creative generation.

Ms Fullarton is bound for New Delhi and the Sanskriti Kendra Museum - an extremely laid-back facility that contains purpose-built accommodation and studios - where she will work alongside other artisans, while blogging her daily artistic experiences back to students at both Blair and Fernvale state schools.

Art students will use Ms Fullarton's words to inspire their own works, which will be displayed in the Ipswich Art Gallery, in a special exhibition next year.

"I have involved the children in this because that is part of my role as an art teacher," she said.

"I want to explore that in a global context.

"I really feel that it is not only about the art, but exploring it in the context of the world and who we are as people.

"If we have understanding, then we have tolerance, and I hope this message comes through for the children when they learn through art, creativity and inspiration."

Ms Fullarton received an Arts Queensland grant in order to fund the trip to India.

She was one of only 10 in Queensland to secure the funding.

Sanskriti translates to "the process of cultivating", while Kendra means "cultural centre".

Essentially, it is a cultural centre that nurtures artists.

"I got to visit Sanskriti Kendra in 2012 and I found the philosophy there aligns with how I like to think about art," Ms Fullarton said.



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