Tom Borgas, 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’m a visual artist and my practice expands out from sculpture to include everything from performance, workshops and teaching, permanent and temporary public art, gallery exhibitions and image/moving image works."

I’m inspired by so much. At the moment that includes the physical infrastructure of data networks, geodesic domes, Russian Cosmism, stone hand tools and working with dancers.

What has been your experience over the last few months?

It’s been interesting to see the world shift and spaces open up in peoples lives as routines and economies have been disrupted. These instabilities tend to define my life as an artist and it has been nice to feel that the ability to move forward in spite of these challenges is a skill set that has a place in society. Work-wise, I’ve been lucky enough to have had a momentum that has pulled me through this year but it’ll be interesting to see where things go moving forward.

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

There’s a lot of development happening in the city which is great. I hope to see our city maintain its diversity as things progress. Hotels and apartments are great but galleries, music venues and creative work spaces/communities provide the foundation for the culture and reputation of a city. The value of these communities and spaces extends far beyond mere economic benefits but they need the same level of support that other forms of infrastructure demand.

Where can we see more of your work?

A lot of exhibition opportunities are up in the air at the moment but I have a website, and my Instagram is also a great place for regular updates and contact details.