UNSW Art & Design ANNUAL 18 Graduate Exhibition

Image courtesy UNSW A&D

Image courtesy UNSW A&D

Opening to the public on Tuesday 27th from 5pm, UNSW Art & Design's ANNUAL Graduate Exhibition is Australia's largest and most diverse showcase of graduate contemporary art, design and creative media work.

The A&D ANNUAL 18 features an unmatched array of exciting new work from participating creatives, including: animation, film, photography, sound, digital media, and graphic design, as well as painting, sculpture, object design, printmaking, textiles, spatial design, ceramics, jewellery, and more.

This year up to 200 emerging creative practitioners will present their final projects across seven venues, including UNSW Galleries, Kudos Gallery, AD Space, Black Box, Interactive Media Lab, The Lecture Theatre and Makerspace: Virtual Reality Lab.

Annual 18. courtesy UNSW A&D

Annual 18. courtesy UNSW A&D

We are always excited to reconnect with UNSW alumni on our Paddington campus. All UNSW alumni who RSVP will receive a free drink upon arrival.

Examining Value: perspectives on the ACUADS Conference 2017

Thinking about tertiary creative arts in 2018, it is worth reflecting on the 2017 ACUADS Conference at the ANU School of Art and Design, which probed the theme ‘Value’. At a time when Australian tertiary art and design schools are facing increasing economic and political challenges, this was a vital focus, and resulted in the sharing of key research, and productive discussions.

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Through the glass darkly?

A recent article by Gina Fairley in ArtsHub raised a question that may be on the minds of many in art schools: ‘Is glass - and by extension other art forms . . . sustainable enough as professions to be offered at universities?’

With the much discussed closure of SCA’s Callan Park campus, which as far as is known is still on the cards, glass and associated art forms will take a hit from the reduction of both facilities and emerging artists.  But Fairly points out that the problem is not only centred on Sydney.  Colleagues in ANU and UniSA also point to the difficulties of retaining comparatively expensive but crucial infrastructure in the current financially challenging university environment.  Attendees at the recent AusGlass conference in Canberra heard from keynote speaker Ben Wright, Director of UrbanGlass in New York, an independent studio that provides resources for both students and professional glass artists who called for greater collaboration between students and professionals, and between disciplines as a way forward. He cited the example of a program for architecture students whose final presented designs were actually impossible to make, as an example of the need for greater understanding across disciplines.  As Fairley's article concludes: “The most resounding answer across this discussion was from Gabrielle Bisetto: "You have to make it the most popular workshop in the school – otherwise you disappear in the system"’.

The full ArtsHub article is at: http://www.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/arts-education/gina-fairley/craft-artists-suffer-in-university-system-253085