AN artist of more than 20 years has settled into her new role as the Ceduna Arts and Culture Centre coordinator, bringing with her a passion and dedication to the arts.
Fresh from Yulara in the Northern Territory, Pam Armstrong is a trained high school art teacher who has worked within Aboriginal communities across Australia.
Carrying with her a continuous interest in Aboriginal studies, the landscape painter and ceramicist found herself lecturing at Pilbara TAFE in Western Australia and teaching disengaged students in Kalgoorlie.
Ms Armstrong found her passion for the arts as single mother of four daughters in Jurien Bay.
"I began painting houses and then to make money I painted a mural in Jurien Bay; I have never looked back since then," Ms Armstrong said.
With murals spread across the country, Ms Armstrong has public work exhibited from the Sunshine Coast to the west coast of Australia.
Ms Armstrong took on the new role as coordinator to "surround herself with beautiful art work and artists."
"Art leads to happiness and is never dull; it motivates me in my own practice to be surrounded by interesting people who have a passion for creating art," Ms Armstrong said.
"Let's be honest, as an artist, the opportunity to work in a gallery and be surrounded by incredibly unique art work is amazing," she said.
Taking over from her predecessor of 10 years, Pam Diment, Ms Armstrong plans to use her passion and dedication to nurture the local artists and help sustain the success of the gallery.
"It's really important I nurture those who are interested in maintaining their presence within the industry for years to come," Ms Armstrong said.
"Pam was very connected to the community and very generous to the artists, I want to keep the communication open and continue to build the positive rapport she built over the time she was here," she said.
"I am hoping to catch up to where Pam left off; if I can manage to do as good of a job as her then I will be happy."
With the calibre of artists only continuing to rise, the new Pam has future plans to involve the local artists with the economical side of the art centre and how as a centre they can make steps to exposing their talent to the world.
"The aim is to get local artists in here to capitalise and use the space and feel confident that this art centre is theirs."
Saying the future of centre relies on fresh ideas and ways of telling stories, Ms Armstrong plans to engage the wider community and artists in workshops, lessons and one on one classes.
An open day will be held on Monday, August 24 from 9.30am until 5pm to "open up behind the scenes and have a look".
"We need to generate more activity in the centre and we can't keep relying on funding so we need the community involvement," Ms Armstrong said.
"I want to include the local community in generating new and exciting ideas and how we can make things go forward; I want the artists and community to have faith in the centre."
Looking forward to working with the community and building professional relationships, Ms Armstrong anticipates future community wide involvement and collaboration to ensure the art centres future.