A child at heart, Robin has been working in the arts industry since 2006. An illustrator and teaching artist, passionate about inspiring children to develop their natural creative capacity, Robin is excited to join the Patch team and mould the new Education Coordinator role into her own.
What drew you to a career in the arts?
I was always encouraged to draw, write and perform - my parents met at art school and are both extremely creative. Straight out of school I studied law, but I couldn’t keep myself away from the arts. While taking a gap year to paint murals and figure out who to be, a friend roped me into assisting with the school holiday program at Carclew. I was hooked. I started developing my own workshops and working with kids as a teaching artist at schools, libraries and arts organisations all across Adelaide, while establishing my own creative practice as an illustrator. Arts work has its own complex challenges but after 15 years or so, every day is still different from the next, and that’s pretty special.
What do you love most about children’s theatre?
I never really lost my childhood sense of wonder, imagination and play. I’m a picture book illustrator and a voracious reader of children’s books, so it’s no surprise I would love children’s theatre as well. Art and literature for kids just feels a bit brighter, more colourful and more filled with potential than anything else. It’s a space where stories can live, even without words, and where ideas can be explored in a fresh, hopeful and expansive way - unmuddied by the compromises of grown-up life. I believe that all children are artists, and offering them experiences that affirm, inspire and develop their natural creative capacity is important work.