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9.2.10

go jump

**old fogey whinge warning**

i'm so long in the tooth, i'm as old as jesus. yup, 33. turned it yesterday. it seems i should have got it together by now.. had a rip-snorter of an art career: snorting coke off the tits of babes and hanging my extended phallus in the long halls of the establishment.

last year i wrote about wanting to find a mentor - and was pleased to discover that the australia council has just announced a national mentoring program: jump.

yay! excitement! i could use some direction, regular contact, advice and cameraderie from artists who have skills to pass on and experience to value.

oh, wait, i'm 33. that's too old.

turns out you only need those things if you are under 30 and in the first 5 years of your practice.




goddammit!! the gene pool of good artists in australia is small enough already isn't it? why you wanna make it any smaller? it's like i just found out my husband is leaving me to fuck yet another young, blonde secretary with fake boobs and a brazilian.

grumble, grumble.

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6 Comments:

At 09 February, 2010 22:36, Anonymous Angus said...

Okay, that's really crap. How narrow minded of them!

 
At 10 February, 2010 06:48, Blogger Rob @ Cynic said...

I fucking hate how Governments think only young guys need mentoring. Shows how out of touch they really are.

And you only look 21.

 
At 10 February, 2010 10:35, Anonymous lauren said...

sadly, it's pretty par for the course here, so i should probably just shut up and pout elsewhere ;)

 
At 15 February, 2010 15:28, Blogger mayhem said...

NO! here is the space to do some whingeing!

Love your comment about fake boobs and a Brazillian....

so many of those emerging artists things are dodgy and restricted.... even art school masters programs often leave student researchers totally bereft of any guidance.....

and I guess finding a "mentor" is about being able to generate your own networks of informants and supporters and advisors?

your blog does this amazingly well, if only on a superficial and fleeting level.....

 
At 17 February, 2010 03:43, Blogger (Text)ure and (me)aning said...

Yeah I hear ya,
first day in art school
they handed out applications for some prize,
I looked at the age cut off ..
and promptly recycled the form
turned it into a paper cup to drink my woes from...!

P.S Happy Belated b'day lovely one, I made you a pressy XX

 
At 18 February, 2010 10:09, Anonymous lauren said...

mayhem - thank you lovely. and i guess i never thought of this blog as an open-source mentorship. so thank you for that :)

congrats on that kind of ingenuity - i could imagine a thousand paper cranes made from the forms of opportunities out of our reach :)

 

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