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Comprehensive change drives creativity for educators and students


To mark this year’s July 1 merger between CQUniversity and CQ TAFE, CQUniversity is calling for artists and volunteers for the ‘CQUni Creates’ exhibition, to celebrate the creativity of the state’s first comprehensive university.

On July 1, CQUniversity and CQ TAFE are set to merge, creating a dual sector university, and new opportunities for residents in central Queensland and beyond.

To celebrate this milestone CQUniversity is calling for artists and volunteers for the ‘CQUni Creates’ exhibition. Open to past and present staff and students of both CQUniversity and CQ TAFE, across all their locations, the exhibition will be held in Rockhampton and Gladstone in September 2014.

Both institutions have a long history of artistic appreciation and development – and with the merger on July 1, CQUniversity will take on a new stream of artistic inspiration, including popular courses in visual arts, graphic design and multimedia.

It’s the perfect colour pallete for a new burst of creativity across CQUniversity’s footprint in Australia, and with a $1000 prize up for grabs, CQU Creates is tipped to see a vibrant array of entries.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman has sponsored the prize and will also be submitting an expression of interest to contribute one of his own works to the exhibition.

“There’s no shortage of creativity at CQUniversity – and becoming a comprehensive university promises to deliver a new burst of inspiration for all our staff and students,” Professor Bowman said.

“The merger means we will take on even more students and staff from streams such as visual arts, graphic design and multimedia, as well as creating new pathways for students to turn their artistic skills into dynamic careers.”

“CQUni Creates is yet another example of how our comprehensive university can engage not only students and staff, but our local communities, with fresh talent and diversity.”

A judge (to be announced) will award a cash prize of $1000 (non-acquisitive) for the best work in the show, with exhibited works will be pre-selected from digital images or videos/DVDs of works.

Eligible works may be on any theme, in most mediums including photography, and must be recent work completed since April 1, 2013. A limited number of three-dimensional works (small sculpture, ceramics) and new media works (video/DVD) will be accepted.

Entry closes at 3pm Friday April 18, 2014, and artists will be advised if their work has been selected by May 2.

The exhibition will open in the Gallery Space at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton, Friday September 12 until September 16. Works will then be shown in the Leo Zussino Building, CQUniversity Gladstone Campus, opening on Friday September 19 and continuing Monday – Friday September 22 – 26, 2014.

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