Training and Youth Affairs
SPEED INTERNET IS HERE
14 June 2001
released in Ballarat
The life and work
of artist Eugene von Guerard, a migrant from Vienna, who after failing
in his search for gold on the Ballarat Gold Fields in the 1850's became
one of Australia's most important painters, will be celebrated today with
a special ceremony at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
The Federal Minister
for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, the Hon Dr David Kemp, will
officially release extensive information on Eugene von Guerard on the
educational website 'In the Artist's Footsteps', which is cyberspacing
the lives and works of Australia's most important painters.
The release of Eugene
von Guerard and David Davies, another Ballarat painter, on the website
coincides with the official launch of a Schools Project that will encourage
schools throughout Australia to research and create websites about local
The schools will
also be encouraged to create a gallery of students' work on the Internet.
The websites will then be linked to 'In the Artist's Footsteps' in a special
schools section to provide a national arts resource where schools from
around Australia can view and read about artists and other students work.
The schools program
is supported by the Federal Department of Education, Training and Youth
Affairs as an associated Discovering Democracy program.
Telstra Country Wide
Regional Managing Director, Mr Lawrence Paratz said Telstra Country Wide
was proud to be the Principal Sponsor of In the Artist's Footsteps and
part of today's Schools Project launch.
to help bring this important cultural resource to regional audiences.
The schools project will help promote a wider appreciation by students
of the contribution artists have made to Australia's history.
"This month Telstra
Country Wide is also celebrating its first year of delivering local service
across the country. Telstra Country Wide was established in June 2000
to return management and personalised service to regional customers",
Mr Paratz said.
Mr Ron Smith, Managing
Director of medialaunch Pty. Ltd., responsible for developing
the concept of the program and the website said, "the use of the Internet
to build a high quality national arts resource for schools and galleries
is a clear demonstration of creating cost effective resources for over
ten thousand schools in Australia."
Mr Smith, a former
art teacher, said, "the schools program, with research advice from the
Curator of the site leading Art historian Andrew Mackenzie, will provide
students with an opportunity to interact with local artists and promote
the importance of art within the community. It will also provide a unique
opportunity for schools around Australia to view the work of other students."
Schools will be invited
to register their "virtual galleries" on site by Friday 14 September.
All registered web sites will be judged and the winning web site in each
Telstra Country Wide region will be announced in November.
'In the Artist's
Footsteps' in the past six months has released extensive information on
the Heidelberg School Artists including Tom Roberts, Sir Arthur Streeton,
Charles Conder, Walter Withers, and the Women of the Heidelberg School
Jane Price, Clara Southern, May Vale, Elizabeth Parsons and Jane Sutherland.
People living in
regional Australia can access this online resource anywhere, anytime for
the cost of a local call through Telstra's super fast BigPond Broadband
of Telstra Corporation Limited
For more information,
Ron Smith, In the Artist's Footsteps Tel: (03) 9818 5700, 0417 329 201
Chris Zipf, Telstra Country Wide Tel: (07) 3898 7244 Mob: 0408 754 535
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.