The Art Room is a labour of love for the Director, Erika Gofton. She is committed to providing comprehensive, quality adult art classes that are accessible to complete beginners right through to practicing artists wishing to challenge their practice. She sees The Art Room as both an alternative and support to traditional art education, and is passionate about providing students with the opportunity to learn from teachers that are well respected and experienced professional artists that are also generous and passionate teachers.
Erika aims to provide opportunities that encourage practicing artists to step away from the isolation and predictability of the studio, step into the unknown, and be challenged to try new approaches in their work. The classes provide an opportunity for like minded adults to connect through art and provides an avenue for discussion about art in a shared learning environment.
Erika is particularly passionate about drawing education and in 2013 she undertook the Drawing Marathon at The New York Studio School in New York whilst on a residency in Brooklyn. She also met with drawing educators from London Drawing and The Campaign for Drawing in London to research and experience different programs.
Along with the studio focused teaching, Erika is also able to offer support with arts practice in a professional context having experience in all manners of exhibiting from Artist Run Spaces right through to commercial representation in three states. She can assist with writing CV’s, exhibition proposals, artist statements, and preparing for an exhibition. Erika is really about empowering the artist to take charge of their own career and practice, and offers the support for those who leave art school and are not sure what to do next.
Alongside her work with The Art Room Erika maintains a current studio practice. Erika has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Post Graduate Diploma of Education (secondary) from the University of Tasmania. She has exhibited in numerous group shows and had solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. She has been a finalist in the EMSLA, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, R & M McGivern Prize, Redland Westpac Art Prize, twice in the City of Albany Art Prize (winning peoples choice), and the Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize. In 2012 Erika won the $10,000 Toyota Community Spirit Travel award which enabled her to undertake a residency at Point B Worklodge in Brooklyn, New York. Whilst there she was awarded a part scholarship for the New York Studio school to complete the Spring Drawing Marathon.
Erika is represented by Dickerson Gallery in Sydney and Anthea Polson Gallery in Queensland.