This is GCCAR’s last Bulletin for 2016 and perhaps the last in its current form. We enter a new era with GCCAR’s current Director – Prof Ross Woodrow – stepping down and Prof Sue Best starting in the role in 2017. I acknowledge Ross’s extensive contribution to research at QCA, captured in the highlights linked below, at the same time as extending a warm welcome to Sue.
Special thanks to Naomi O’Reilly for her wonderful work on this publication and on GCCAR’s website.
Paul Wright | Editor, GCCAR Centre Manager
In this Edition:
Since the last edition of this Bulletin in August, three QCA students and two recent alumni have picked up significant art awards, each one valued at either $15,000 or $10,000:Alicia Lane (current student – Doctor of Visual Arts) – Swell Sculpture (see News – from Copper Boilers to Rainforest Remnants); Blair Coffey (current student – PhD) – Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award (See News); Karen Stephens (current student – Honours) Queensland Regional Art Awards (Flying Arts Alliance); Kailum Graves (Alumni) – Clayton Utz Art Award; Aimee Nesbitt (Alumni) – Brisbane Art Prize
Congratulations to all these artists who have put on public display the outstanding creative abilities of students and alumni from the Queensland College of Art.
Also featured in news stories:
Drawing Water is a research collaboration between QCA and creative arts schools in two Japanese universities – Geidai and Joshobi – and the second iteration of GCCAR’s Drawing International Griffith (DIG) project.
The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will launch the catalogue for the Art of the Skins exhibition which has been running at SLQ since June. The exhibition is an outcome of HDR student Carol McGregor’s research which was completed with extensive involvement from Aboriginal communities in SE Queensland. The catalogue is a collaborative venture between SLQ, QCA and GCCAR.
Ali Bezer becomes the first QCA Artist-in-Residence at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital. Her residency – as a Research Fellow – was announced at a retrospective show for the St Andrews War Memorial Art Prize, of which Ali was the inaugural winner.
Finally, Ross Woodrow rakes over the coals under the issue of creative arts students in tertiary education. His exhibition Waterworks opens at Bosz Gallery on 15 November. See Exhibitions heading below.
Paul Wright | Editor, GCCAR Centre Manager
GCCAR and the Film School are hosting the Joint Conference for Serious Games (JCSG2016) on 26/27 September – Day 2 focuses on games for education and learning; apparently the failed plan to merge Sydney College of Art wasn’t about excellence or even art: Ross Woodrow gets to the rocky bottom of the story; Contributions are sought for the next edition of Studio Research; the Powerhouse and Griffith Review celebrate the release of Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life in August with editor Julianne Schultz in conversation with a group of insightful, witty and funny sports lovers; Susan Best will give a tour of Maryam Jafri's first solo exhibition in Australia at the IMA: Independence Day 1934-1975; see the segment featuring Renata Buziak’s work on ABC’s Gardening Australia; Nigel Krauth’s latest book Creative Writing and the Radical has just been published; + funding opportunities, training, events and exhibition
Rosemary Hawker talks about the genesis and purpose of the Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts; Ross Woodrow on the closure of Sydney College of Art; a story of research impact from Film School HDR student Kym Melzer; Naomi Evans interviews Bruce Beresford for The Conversation; the Research Professional grant funding database – an important new resource now available for Griffith staff; and exhibitions featuring GCCAR members, both QCA staff and HDR students.
This month we change the Bulletin’s format to better suit our online environment and so we can continue to provide as much news and information as we can on the diverse research activities of staff and HDR students at QCA. In July's Bulletin, look for a new schedule for grants, prizes and other opportunities for researchers in the creative arts.
In this edition, Ross Woodrow expands on his article in the last (April) Bulletin reflecting on research impact in the creative arts, this time around the contribution of Jackson Pollock. These two articles respond firstly to the ARC’s intention to develop mechanisms for measuring the impact of research, and secondly to conversations initiated by Griffith Enterprise around the matrix they have produced which features three orders of impact.
A panel discussion Ambivalence and the Archival Turn chaired by curator Sue Best, will be held at 2pm on Saturday 7 May at GUAG in conjunction with the exhibition Reparative Aesthetics. Donna Marcus’ public artwork Sponge is bound for the City of Joondalup in Western Australia. We welcome Guy Begbie, a visiting book artist and Lecturer at the University of West England. There is information about the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing and the 2016 Brisbane Art Prize (won in 2015 by a QCA graduate), more information about resources from QCA librarian Therese Nolan-Brown and lots of exhibitions from QCA staff, alumni and PhD students.
Welcome to the third (April) edition of the GCCAR’s monthly bulletin. Highlights in this edition are: a glimpse of the Film School’s upcoming CILECT conference; Ross Woodrow on research impact; registrations now open for JCSG2016 – the Joint Conference on Serious Games, convened by Tim Marsh from the Film School; GCCAR’s Deputy Director and Convenor of 3D design Jen Loy’s presentation to the April meeting of Griffith Council; digital media news – Andrew Brown in an ABC interview, Jason Nelson selected as 2016 Fulbright scholar; and twelve exhibitions currently at venues across the city and Gold Coast, (including two at POP and one at the Webb Gallery) eleven of these featuring QCA’s HDR students.
This month we hope to see GCCAR’s membership expand from its current level at 50 Full or Associate members and 33 HDRs. If you're seeing this Bulletin for the first time, then expect an invitation to join the centre in the next day or two. We wish to ensure that all staff at QCA who are undertaking research as part of their academic role, have been offered Centre membership. Likewise a substantial number of HDR students will be invited to join. Welcome to all new readers.
In February we were busy with GCCAR’s first Research Grant funding round which was well subscribed, and is now closed and under assessment. Please take a look at other grant opportunities in this bulletin. I will be making an effort to put all opportunities for creative arts grants in the GCCAR Monthly Bulletin, so if you hear of anything, no matter how small or ‘out there’ it is, please let me know.
You are all-too-familiar with the daily grind of ingesting information pumped through our Google email interface. We hope that it will be with pleasant relief that you soak up this alternative in a distinctive format, customised for GCCAR members and available in the first week of every month. If you wish, you can make suggestions, submit stories and news, or give feedback about anything that is helpful. Relax and enjoy.