It has been a big year for the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research and QCA/GFS more widely.
The hard statistics tell the story for HDR.
For 2015 we have 18 HDR completions and 6 HDR students under examination or pending results. Can it get any better than that ? – yes, next year. My particular thanks to all supervisors, especially those with multiple completions. Deep appreciation to Debra Porch, Donal Fitzpatrick, Jess Berry and Bill Platz who served in the HDR convenor role this year and got us to the top of the mountain and set us up for next year with 18 high quality incoming HDR students for our program next year and 12 of these awarded APAs and GU scholarships.
In 2015 our HDR students participated in international exhibitions, residencies and conferences in: England, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, United States (Philadelphia, Florida, New York, Hawaii, San Francisco), Hong Kong, China, Iceland, Finland, Indonesia, Spain, Belgium and Japan.
ERA 2015 ranked Griffith 19 Creative Arts and Writing at 4 (above world standard for the second time)
At the discipline level 1902 Film, Television and New Media scored a 4 as well. It is important to remember that the ERA is unremittingly retrospective and this result only measured research up to 2013 so the past two years and next year will be vitally important in the next round of the ERA.
SOME MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2015 FOR GCCARJANUARY
- Body Politic exhibition curated by Richard Hricko in Jan at the ICEBOX Project Space in Philadelphia with seventeen artists from GCCAR.
Catalogue: https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/queensland-college-art/qca-publications/body-politic [also limited edition print version]
- GCCAR Adjunct, Ian Burns opens in three person show in large new art space in Jersey City - Ian Burns, Clifton Childree, Simón Vega; Hilger @ MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey.
- Create World (convened by Prof Andrew Brown) GCCAR sponsors HDR involvement.
- CODEX International artists book fair in San Francisco – Tim Mosley curates the GCCAR display which featured Griffith Review and six artists from GCCAR.
- Dan Templeman and Ian Burns represented GCCAR at the Melbourne symposium showcasing the most outstanding PhD projects to have emerged from the Creative Arts in Australia and New Zealand over the last decade. (19 Mar 2015 - 21 Mar 2015 at VCA, MCM and NGV The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy.)
- Radical Romanticism curated by Susan Ostling featuring Julie Fragar, Jenny Watson, Chris Benny and Bob Mercer at Crane Arts, Philadelphia.
- Handle With Care curated by Eleni Kalantidou at WAG.
- Griffith Enterprise conducted a special launch of Propel by Donna Marcus a 3.2-metre public sculpture made for the Gladstone Regional Council.
- Jen Loy completes the successful funded six-month field trial in Nairobi Kenya of 3D Printing to assess its potential for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response.
- March 30 - we move into the new and spectacular Centre offices on Level 7 of the Webb building. (special acknowledgment to Liz Ganesathurai for making this happen and the PVC, Professor Paul Mazerolle, for the will and money to get it started)
- International Travel – an exhibition by Pat Hoffie at Crane Arts, Philadelphia (9 – 25 April 2015).
- Mirror Image: Prints and Plates, Gympie Regional Gallery (nine GCCAR artists)
- Art Monthly Australia publishes a comprehensive report on the impact and legacy of the QCA’s Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (CAIA). The piece by Ellie Buttrose was illustrated with the work by four of our current outstanding HDR students: Robert Andrews, Dale Harding, Carol McGregor and Ryan Presley.
- GCCAR published latest issue of Studio Research.
- James Novak wins the Distinguished Paper award for his presentation at RAPID in Florida at the same time his award-winning 3-D printed bike is being featured at an international exhibition in Brussels:
- Sam Canning’s 3D Printed full-length evening dress in collaboration with Melinda Looi and Materialise is exhibited at Inside 3D Printing, New York and shown on the NBC Today show USA (6 million viewers) and Fox News.
- May 26, I receive an email from Jen Loy (who had been invited to be part of a large grant application to work with industries to transition them from conventional manufacturing to design for 3D Printing) which read: “Today the IMCRC was awarded $40 million - hooray!”
- Trish FitzSimon’s show "Navigating Norman Creek" opened at Museum of Brisbane on 19 June and ran until the end of October . Films are available on the MOB website:
Also Trish has developed an innovative and data-rich interactive website on Norman Creek, available soon.
- GOMA Q Contemporary Queensland Art (11 July – 11 Oct) dominated by QCA, alumni and current staff and HDR students including: Jennifer Herd, Julie Fragar, Pat Hoffie, Paul Bai and Dale Harding. https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/goma-q
- James Novak selected as one of five international winners of the iMaterialise 3-D printing wood challenge with his ‘Hexa-Phone Amplifier’
- (16th July) Professor Ned Pankhurst , DVC Research, opens ABBE curated by Tim Mosley and Lynden Stone- the inaugural abbe (Artists Book Brisbane Event) with symposium, exhibitions and artists book fair. Selected peer-reviewed papers about to be published in JAB (Journal of the Artists Book, Chicago)
- (30th July) Official Opening of the new PoP Gallery with the international collaborative photography show Cast by the Sun, Curated by Professor Martha Madigan from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Martha also conducted workshops in Photography. Catalogue: http://issuu.com/qcagriffith/docs/cast_by_the_sun?e=3092855/14437363
- New PoP: https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/queensland-college-art/qca-galleries/pop-gallery
- Precious: Lure of Skill a fundraising show at Bosz Gallery with the gallery space donated and proceeds towards a $3000 Honours scholarship in 2016.
- Cast By The Sun [September 10th – 26th], International Project Space, Philadelphia was the second part of a two part exhibition between Queensland College of Art and Tyler Art School academics and higher degree research students shown in Brisbane and in Philadelphia – including 32 photographers’ works. This exhibition was installed by Amy Carkeek and Christine Ko with help from Professor Martha Madigan, Head of Photography at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
- Peter Hegedus returns from Tura, a small town in Hungary, where he worked with a group of GFS Masters students on a pilot for internationalising his Small Towns Big Stories project. This project was funded by an AEL Research Grant. Peter is currently editing the films.
- New Romance: art and the post-human, MMCA Seoul, South Korea (includes Ian Burns)
- Sponsored catalogue for EXPERIMENTAL THINKING/DESIGN PRACTICES
- On 24 Sept. public lecture 'High Flown Fashion' at the Queensland Museum by Madelyn Shaw, curator of textiles from the Smithsonian, and GCCAR/AEL VisitingResearch Fellow working with Trish Fitzsimons on her 'Fabric of War: the global war trade from Crimea to Korea’.
- Professor Gerry Docherty, Dean Research AEL, opens DIB – Drawing International Brisbane convened by Bill Platz and Kellie O’Dempsey (1 & 2 Oct.) – a symposium with one hundred delegates from sixteen Australian and international universities and DIB crew mount eleven exhibitions and projects across Brisbane, including in the heritage listed reservoirs under the Old Windmill in Spring Hill and the projection on the William Jolly Bridge by Bill Platz.
The Kellie O’Dempsey curated Drawn to Experience V2 also travelled to Canberra and opened at the ANU School of Art Main Gallery.
- Design exhibition Exchange in the Crane International Project Space as part of the Design Philadelphia, curated by Cassandra Schultz and mounted by Beck Davis - this follows a similar exhibition last year. Beck Davis was also a panel member along with major design theorists from New York, Philadelphia and other parts of the US in the GCCAR supported symposium, Exchange: Connecting Practices in USA and Australia, in the Philadelphia Centre for Architecture on Oct 14.
- Sue Swinburne curates the exhibition TEXTure on interactive narrative at SLQ Edge gallery featuring work by GFS and QCA staff and HDR students.
- St Andrews Hospital hosted a Postgraduate show - past, present, forgotten, imagined - which opened in October with work from Ali Bezer, Sonya Peters, Ryan Presley, David Jones and Mika Nakamura-Mather. (St Andrews War Memorial Hospital has sponsored a $5000 Honours exhibition award for the past four years).
- 14 Nov Tales from the Studio: Xiaohui Yang and Elizabeth Shaw opened at Artisan in Brisbane - an international collaboration between Xiaohui Yang from the Jewellery Dept. at Shandong University of Art and Design in China and Elizabeth Shaw, from QCA, Griffith. A handsome bi-lingual catalogue and the show runs until 20 Feb 2016 so you check it out.
- 23-24 Nov. Beyond 3 D Printing: the Evolving Digital Landscape Forum at the SLQ Edge Convened by Jen Loy attracted 170 delegates and supported by exhibitions of the latest technology and lots of work by the stars from our program on the Gold Coast such as Sam Canning and James Novak.
- 24 – 25 Nov. AAANZ annual conference at QAG/GoMA – the first event hosted by the Brisbane Consortium for the Visual Arts (GOMA, QCA,UQ and QUT) initiated by Rosemary Hawker. The conference attracted 180 delegates from across Australia and New Zealand and QCA Art Theory dominated the convening panel: Rosemary Hawker, Sue Best, Elisabeth Findlay and Jess Berry.
The Rosemary Hawker led VA Consortium will get into full swing next year with a dedicated HDR scholarship and an art history course and workshops at GOMA.
- Jen Loy (with Engineering) wins $223K GURIP to buy wearable electronic sensing equipment.
- Australian Book Review picks Sue Best’s Reparative Aesthetics: Rosângela Rennó and Fiona Pardington (University of Sydney Gallery) as one of the highlights of 2015 and “a model of curatorial decisiveness”
- Dec. 1 at Museum of Brisbane the opening of The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dedicated Memorial, Queensland. This has been a collaboration between Griffith through GCCAR and the (ATSIDMCQ). Particular thanks to the Committee members and especially those from GCCAR namely Jennifer Herd, Pat Hoffie, Angela Goddard and Paul Wright for their contributions.
- Technologism MUMA, Melbourne (includes Ian Burns)
- QCA alumnus Tracey Moffatt announced as Australian representative at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
My apologies in advance if I have missed your event – it has been a big year.
My personal thanks to Georgie Peart, Aileen Randle and Paul Wright for going beyond the extra mile this year.
Best wishes to all for a festive season guided by sobriety and moderation or at least safety and care.