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Jonathan Cameron

Jonathan is a Visual Arts teacher at EGGS, an artist and has exhibited work throughout New Zealand.

Outside of EGGS, Jonathan is committed to maintaining and developing his own art practice, which is primarily lens-based. His work makes ongoing enquiry into twentieth-century depictions of the abject and the tension that lies between repulsion and desire.

Jonathan has exhibited work throughout New Zealand and has featured in several arts publications including Art New Zealand. In 2012, he presented his work and spoke at the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference at Sydney University. This year, in collaboration with the Auckland Council Public Art Galleries program, Jonathan put on a solo exhibition at The Franklin Arts Centre in Pukekohe.

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I maintain my own art practice – not only is this important for my students to see as their mentor, but it’s important for me to express myself creatively 
Jonathan Cameron

From 2008-2013, Jonathan completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.  In 2012, he realised his passion for teaching, specifically art education, after he taught a Fine Arts paper to first-year students at the university. In 2013, he completed his Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and in 2014, started working at EGGS as an Art and Photography teacher. Since starting his teaching career at EGGS, Jonathan has taken on a number of leadership roles. He is the Assistant Head of Visual Art and currently the Acting Head of Visual Art covering maternity leave. 

Jonathan has a passion for spreading creativity among the communities that he is a part of. At Epsom Girls Grammar School he has negotiated a number of exciting visual projects including the installation of a vertical garden, a Sam Mitchel commissioned painting and leading two overseas Contemporary Art trips. Recently, he supported Isabella Muirhead, an EGGS Sculpture student, to install her public sculpture 1a Silver Road on the school grounds. Jonathan's creativity has led him to have an impact on wider aspects of learning at the school, and in 2017 he facilitated the Unicorns and Vacuum Cleaners Summit for Year 13 students.

 

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The creative journey that students go on is what I love most about my job! 
Jonathan Cameron
What inspired you to become a teacher?

My Visual Arts teacher from High School, Marie, inspired me to become a teacher. Her art class was a space I felt I could be myself, which allowed me to thrive creatively.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day at EGGS involves working with students to help them realise exciting creative outcomes. To create a constructive and positive creative environment for my students I ensure that my role is that of a mentor, so I'm having lots of conversations with my students on a daily basis about new work they've produced. My day also tends to feature a meeting (or two) with other passionate staff members – our meetings are almost always centred on ways we can better our learning environments for our students.

What do you love most about your job?

I love seeing students come to a finishing point in their work. Most students, most creatives, go through a period of struggle, trial and experimentation before their visual ideas start to work in an effective and meaningful way. Usually, what is first perceived as being the end point of a creative journey is rarely what is actually produced. This unpredictability and the creative journey that students go on is what I love most about my job!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well…we are growing up all the time and constantly learning new things, no matter what age we are. I want to continue developing my voice as an artist and mentor, and to ensure that I am doing things I love and am passionate about.

What advice would you give to your past self when you were a student?

To listen to your heart and gut instinct more. To trust that pursuing your happiness is always going to go hand-in-hand with success.

Describe EGGS in 5 words.

Empowering. Creative. Open-Minded. Loving. Embracing.