1,000 works on show from emerging artists

Work from Sarah Capon, QCA Bachelor of Design (Product Design) on show this weekend.

Annual QCA Graduate Showcase

The Queensland College of Art (QCA) will open its doors to the public for a special five-day event from 26-30 November.

The annual QCA Showcase will transform the South Bank campus into a host of exhibition spaces, featuring the work of graduating students from Fine Art; Film; Animation; Games Design; Photography; Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art; and Design.

According to recently appointed Director of the QCA, Professor Derrick Cherrie, the event is an incredible opportunity for the community to see firsthand the talent being nurtured in their hometown.

“The QCA is Australia’s oldest and one of the country’s largest art academies and has produced some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists including Michael Zavros, Victoria Reichelt, Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Abbey McCulloch and Gordon Bennett,” he says.

“The showcase is also an ideal way to see the many diverse and exciting art forms the QCA has on offer and the extraordinary work being made here.

“We have a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, fine art, jewellery and small objects, printmaking, sculpture, animation, film, design futures – absolutely everything on show, all together, and in the one location, bringing together more than 200 graduating students and over 1,000 works!”

Alana Townsend, QCA Bachelor of Photography (Creative Advertising)
Alana Townsend, QCA Bachelor of Photography (Creative Advertising)

Events across the QCA Showcase are set to include a grand opening ceremony, industry previews, student awards, creative panel discussions, food and drink stalls, music from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith Film School screenings, exhibition displays, framing workshops and more.

Showing at Griffith University Art Gallery will be Brutal Truths: Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Bennett, Destiny Deacon & Virginia Fraser, which presents preeminent voices in contemporary Australian art, each with substantial international profiles. Two of the included artists are QCA Alumni — Vernon Ah Kee and the late Gordon Bennett (awarded Griffith University’s Alumnus of the Year 2014). Exhibition dates: 19 November 2015 – 9 April 2016.

Opening Event: 4pm – 9pm, Thursday 26 November

Queensland College of Art, 226 Grey Street, South Bank.

RUNS: Thursday 26 November through to Monday 30 November, 2015.

View the full program of events and follow the QCA Showcase countdown.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Marino, 0418 799 544, l.marino@griffith.edu.au

Hannah Ison, QCA Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)
Hannah Ison, QCA Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)