community artsworker & artist
Lawrence has been working as a freelance community arts worker since graduating with a Community Cultural Development Diploma (an arts based practice) from the Community Arts Network SA in 2002.
Lawrence’s community work often sees him developing the skills of others through mosaic, painted mural projects and multi media. His various projects in both collaborative and teaching roles have been with a spectrum of community groups including aboriginal children and youth, ethnic/cultural sectors of our community and community health groups.
He has both coordinated and worked as an artist on 3 major events projects for Marion City Council. Lawrence has worked with a variety of mediums from cane and paper, photo shop imagery, rendered strawbale and ferro-cement structures through to claymation from which a DVD was created as an information tool for the Aboriginal community on hepatitis C.
His recent sculptural work – carved limestone sculptures, have received great community appreciation and he has undertaken a number of private commissions. He participated in the 2005 and 2009 Limestone Symposiums at Mount Gambier.
His own painting skills have been recognised through winning the flora painting award in the 1998 Kangaroo Island Art Awards and also in the 2012 SALA
His prior experience has always seen his creative skills expressed through craftsmanship in both small and large scale. This is demonstrated through his first and longest profession as a shoemaker through to designing and building houses, in Australia, the U. S. and in New Zealand where he was born.
Lawrence’s love of music also sees him produce a range of instruments in wood, including American Indian flutes and drums.