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BA(hons) Linguistics, Latrobe University, 1984
Post Graduate Diploma of the Arts (Music) VCA 1990
•Numerous training sessions in Governance, Grant writing, Marketing and Promotion, Community Art
•5 year improvisation course with Al Wunder
•Extensive musical improvisation study with Brian Brown
•Current Driver’s Licence (car)
•Qualified Bike-Ed instructor
•Working with Children Card
•Private music teaching
•Private Improvisation Workshops
•Music For Theatre at:
oJohn Bolton Theatre School
oPrahran TAFE Indigenous Arts Program
•Music for People with Disabilities Yarraville SDS
•Avondale Heights YMCA Sensory Art Program
•Instrumental Music, teaching Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keyboard, at Lynall Hall Community School.
Other Specialist Skills and Knowledge
•Over 30 years experience in the Arts
•Living in Brimbank since 2000
•BCC Artist-in-Residence 2006, 2013
•Experienced Community Artist - 9 Murals in Brimbank
•Archaeology – Instigated surveys of Cultural Heritage Areas along Kororoit Creek
♣Also studied Maribyrnong Valley, Taylors Creek, Brimbank Park.
♣Recently instigated survey at Yanda/Gunderbooka NP NSW
♣BCC Ride for Reconciliation Archaeological Guide
•Anthropology, Sociology and Philosophy were part of Linguistics course
•Languages : French, Spanish at Latrobe, Pidgin from childhood in PNG
♣Some knowledge (words and phrases) of many others
♣Currently studying Woiwurrung
In his long involvement in the arts, Robert Jackson has been active in music, visual arts, theatre, film and TV. He is a composer, performer, improviser, painter, producer, saxophonist and guitarist. He lives in Albion and is an active member of his community.
A multi-skilled musician, Robert studied Linguistics at Latrobe University and Composition at the VCA. He has developed distinctive guitar and saxophone styles and has been a featured soloist at Melbourne International Arts Festival and many contemporary music events. He has an abiding interest in the art of Improvisation, which he has studied extensively. He has played in a multitude of Rock and Jazz bands and been MD/Composer for Circus, Film & Theatre. He also held the part of Weasel in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of “Wind in the Willows” for 10 seasons.
His main musical focus is with The Legless Lizards
In 2006 he was an Artist-in-Residence at The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre for Brimbank City Council. During his tenure he made visual art and music inspired by the landscape of the Western Plains. In 2013 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Keilor Art Shed.
As a visual artist his main interest is in Landscapes, especially places (real or imagined) where the natural and the man-made collide. The Western landscape is a main inspiration for his work: with its sense of space, forgotten and remnant areas, encroaching suburbs and industry. He has several solo exhibitions and has produced several murals.
He has many other interests and is an active member of the Brimbank Community. He is President of the Albion Ardeer Community Club, a committee member of Friends of Iramoo, and has sat on several advisory boards and steering committees. Including The Eco-living Centre steering committee, the Albion Neighbourhood Plan Community Reference group, and the South Sunshine Arts Precinct Advisory Group.
He is also responsible for archaeological surveys being conducted along Kororoit Creek in Albion following his discovery of several Aboriginal artefact sites in the area.
In the 1980s he was a founding member/co-ordinator of The Melbourne Improvisers Association Inc., which promoted original music and was a committee member of the similar Make-it-up Club.
Robert has held several teaching positions including at Collingwood Tafe, Prahran Tafe, John Bolton Theatre School. YMCA Avondale Heights, Yarraville Special School and has taught music privately for many years. He is currently teaching instrumental music at Lynall Hall Community School.
Painting - Recent Commissions, Murals and Exhibitions
2014Regional Rail Link Murals. Anderson Rd Grade Separation Underpass, Sunshine
2014Maribyrnong Fantasy, Solo Exhibition. Sunshine Artspaces
2013Exhibition Western Treatment Plant Open Day Werribee
2013Exhibition Election Day St Marks Spotswood
2013Mural for St Albans Secondary College Science Building
2013 “Beauties of the Basalt” Exhibition at Hunt Club Community Art Centre
2013 Mural for Waterside Metal-Art Workers, Footscray, created in conjunction with WMAW festival March 2013
2012 2 Paintings for OPEC Technical Services PL, Williamstown Nth
Depicting old oil tanks and Lower Kororoit Creek.
2012 July Exhibition “Up the Kororoit” at Sunshine ArtSpaces Gallery
2012 May Exhibition “Up the Kororoit” at Hunt Club Community Art Centre
2011-12 YMCA, Avondale Heights, Mural of native animals for art room
2010Winner inaugural Westpac Sunshine Art Prize
2009Keilor Views Primary School, Mural of Grasslands and Native Animals
2008 Sustainability Mural for Discovery Centre Iramoo@VU, St Albans
2007 Solo Exhibition “Hunt Club Arts Centre” Brimbank
2007 Exhibition “Albion Artists at The Granary”,
The Granary Café, Sunshine
2007 Large scale Grassland Mural “Numala” at St Albans Secondary College,
3 panels 5m x 4m, 1 panel 3m x 4m
2005 Solo Exhibition “Dancing Dog Gallery” Footscray
2004 Rainforest Mural, Private house, Innisfail QLD
2004 Theatre set production and design, VU-CIP, Brimbank
Many private sales of paintings
2016 CD production of Legless Lizards "Indigenous Zen Garden"
2016 CD production of Legless Lizards "Sea of Grass"
2015 CD production of Legless Lizards "Journey to Nerm"
2012 CD production of Solo Classical Guitar
2012 CD production of Legless Lizards “Dwelling People”
2010 CD production of Legless Lizards “Green Wedge”
2009 CD production of music from Wind in the Willows
2009 CD Production of “Elements” relaxation Music for Sunyoga
2008 CD Production of Legless Lizards “Levitation Theorem”
2003 CD Production of “HOOT” Original Jazz
Also much session work
Some Relevant Work History
•RACV “Live Steam” TV Commercial Actor 2009
•Foxtel “Fridge” TV Commercial Actor 2010
•Coles “Butcher” TV Commercial Actor 2011
•“The Beer Frontier” Presenter and reviewer Ch31 TV production 2010
•“Legless Lizards” BCC DVD Soundtrack and Launch “Living with Climate Change: A Story of Many Told by a Few” 2012
•“Amore” Circus of Dreams NICA – MD, Composer, Musician 1997
•“My Secret Marlene” Anna Voronoff Production Canberra and Melb. – MD, Composer, Musician 2004
•“Much Ado about Nothing” Australian Shakespeare Co. – Musician 2005
•“Wind in the Willows” Australian Shakespeare Co. – MD, Composer, Musician, Actor (Weasel) 2000-2011
•“Lost Treasure of Fiji” TV program - Actor 2006
•“Two Executioners” Chambermade Opera – Musician 1993, 1996, Age Green Room Award
•“Old Wives Tales” Bharatam Dance Theatre – Musician 1997
•“Alice” Bharatam Dance Theatre – Musician 1998
•“Fabulous Tales from the Horses Mouth” Theatreworks, MD, Composer, Musician, Actor 1989
•“50 Sax Fanfare” to open MIFA 1993 – Composer, Musician 1993
•“Tuxedo Fleas” Tom Waits Tribute by Richard Lewis – Musician 1994, 1998
•“Offenbach Circus Dog Show” – MD, Composer, Performer 1995-98.
•Artist-in-Residence Brimbank Council 2006, 2013
•“Wombat and Gumshoe” Cartoon for TV by Steve French – MD, Composer, Musician 1987
•Musician-in-Residence Historic Replica Ship “Enterprize” 1998-2001
•“Red Faces” Hey, Hey, Its Saturday 1994 – Flutes up the nose
•“HOOT” Recording Project, Funded by Arts Victoria- Composer, Performer 2003
• “King of the Festival” Brimbank festival 2010
•MIFA 1993 Metrodome Series
•Linden New Musicales 1990-96
•MIA events 1986-1995
•Brisbane Fringe Festival 1991
•Melbourne Fringe Festival 1985-2006
•Make-it-up Club 1997- 2007
•Theatre of the Ordinary 1992- 2007
•Elbow Room 2003-2007
•Appearances on ABC, MBS, PBS, RRR, Radio & TV
Since the 1980s, Robert has been a freelancing artist, musician and actor and has worked nationally at Corporate Functions, Festivals, Parties, Shopping Centres and Sporting Events. To date he has launched 3 ships, 5 cars, a casino and 15 shopping centres. Some highlights include:
BMW Series 7 Launch, Port Douglas QLD 1993
Holden Launch, Hamilton Island QLD 1996
VISY Xmas Parties 1996- 2006
Centenary of Federation Celebration 2001
Olympic Torch Relay, Vic and QLD 2000
Australian Grand Prix 2000-2008
Australian Open Tennis Tournament 1999-2008
Clean Energy Week, Sydney 2012
Clean Energy Week, Melbourne 2012
Many Brimbank City Council openings and environmental events 2000-2014