Amber Cronin, Visual Artist

Cultural Heart

Meet our dedicated city creatives, and learn how they are navigating and finding ways to stay creative and connected in the wake of COVID-19.

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"I am a visual artist. I work across sculpture, movement, installation and sometimes socially engaged projects too.

I think of my creative practice as listening to the living world around me, and translating that within the works I am making or through experiences for audiences."

I love working collaboratively - whether it be in visual arts or with dancers. I am incredibly inspired by other people and their stories, as well as by nature and the stories it tells us also about our place in the world.

What has been your experience over the last few months?

I have been moved by the paradox of the COVID-19 situation, so much chaos and so much stillness - I have been doing my best to find my own sense of stillness amongst the precarity that our arts industry is being faced with.

My partner Tom and I have tried our best to show up to our studios daily, and keep riding the waves of the world around us. It has been incredible seeing our community respond: supporting local businesses, arts organisations and hospitality - I feel there has been a great boost of awareness of each other's struggles, celebrating each other's successes.

It feels like we have been doing an incredible job holding each other up at a grass roots level. I have felt incredibly lucky, especially living in Adelaide. We are so privileged to have this city to shelter in place within.

What do you hope to see happen next in the City of Adelaide?

We love biking around, and have been loving the quiet streets and bike lanes through these quieter months. I am looking forward to the galleries, theaters and cinemas opening back up. So much of what I love about the lifestyle living and working in Adelaide is being able to engage in cultural activities so easily, and so regularly.

Where can we see more of your work?

My Instagram and website. I have a studio at The Mill in the city on Angas Street, and love visiting the markets, galleries of the city and local cafes. I also have work in SALA Festival this year at Praxis ARTSPACE in Bowden.

Images: Ramsay Taplin