Taking art to the Skies: Mervyn Moriarty and the Flying Arts Alliance

Kerby, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4073-2559 and Baguley, Margaret ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0098-6378 (2021) Taking art to the Skies: Mervyn Moriarty and the Flying Arts Alliance. Australian Art Education, 42 (1). pp. 13-26. ISSN 1032-1942


Abstract

This article explores a significant grassroots initiative that began in 1971 and which continues today to provide quality art education to people living in regional and remote areas of Queensland, Australia. Mervyn Moriarty, a practicing artist, and the founder of the organisation now known as Flying Arts Alliance (FAA), used light aircraft and a cadre of committed volunteers to provide authentic arts experiences to an Australian population which then numbered less than two million people dispersed across a state the size of Western Europe. The Flying Arts workshops provided by Moriarty, and which continue today through a combination of online and physical workshops, provided people in Queensland with opportunities only available at that time in the major metropolitan centres. This historical exploration of Moriarty’s impact on Queensland art education parallels increasing recognition of the provision of quality arts education for rural, regional and remote areas.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 03:08
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian art education, community, Flying Arts Alliance, Mervyn Moriarty, Queensland art, rural, regional and remote art education, visual arts
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43910

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