In 1971 Merv Moriarty founded the Flying Art School, first known as EastAus Art School. Below is some old footage from 1982, produced by the ABC, showing Merv flying his light aircraft and some of the art classes that took place in remote parts of Australia.
On September 24, 1971 Merv Moriarty took off from Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport “with his newly acquired unrestricted pilots licence” on a 6,000 km solo flight to towns and centres along the coast north to Cairns, west to Mount Isa, returning to Archerfield via Longreach, Charleville, Roma and many smaller centres along the way. This was the beginning of the flying art school that he had worked toward for ages and the purpose of this first flight was to talk to representatives from the many towns and districts along the way, to tell them about his plans for the flying art school and to judge from their reaction, the viability of this school. The reaction was enthusiastic and EastAus the flying art school was born.
The following is his story of the creation and development of the early years of the Flying Art School.
Art Practice Keywords:
Artist, Painter, Educator
Artist Role Keywords:
Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:
EastAus Art School, Flying Art School
Various Private Collections