Grads and honours works on show

Grads and honours works on show

10 Nov 2009

Members of the community are welcome to witness the birth of the next famous Bendigo-educated artist or designer when graduating third year students of Visual Arts & Graphic Design showcase their talents at the On the Brink graduate exhibition 2009.

Liam Pilcher and artworkHead of School, Dr James McArdle, says the graduates organised, curated and raised sponsorship themselves. They also chose the title for the exhibition. ‘The title is entirely appropriate. It evokes notions of risk and courage and raises questions about where students are to go after they complete their studies,’ Dr McArdle said.

Dr McArdle says that the third year of the course includes a two-day colloquium and a research investigation designed to assist graduates in their formal entry to the creative professions.

‘The many fields into which Australian creatives are recruited – apart from the obvious fields of teaching and freelance self-employment – are explored in the conference,’ Dr McArdle said.

‘This includes curatorship, art as therapy, work in museums or art galleries as fine-arts directors or as curators, planning and setting up art exhibits, as art critics for newspapers or magazines or as consultants to foundations or institutional collectors.

‘Other opportunities for emerging artists include animation,, broadcast media and the motion picture industry, industrial or architectural photography or photojournalism and community arts facilitators.’

Dr McArdle said the AGIdeas international design forum in Melbourne performed a similar inspirational and confidence-building role for graphic design students.

The On the Brink graduate exhibition 2009 will be opened by guest speaker, Anita von Bibra, Director, Woodbine Art Gallery, Malmsbury. Members of the community are invited to join staff, students and their families for the celebratory event at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery on the Bendigo campus at 7pm on Friday 13 November 2009.

The Honours09 Exhibition featuring work by 18 honours students from the Bendigo and Mildura campuses will also be opened at the Visual Arts Centre in View Street this week.

Dr McArdle, who will open the exhibition on Saturday 14 November 2009, said the year has been a transformative one for visual arts and graphic design honours students.

‘Students enter the year with a three-hundred word proposal and high aspirations.  For the first time they enjoy a sustained period in which to concentrate solely on the completion of a project of a scale manifested here in works of ceramics, illustration, painting, installation, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography,’ said Dr McArdle.

Dr McArdle said the exhibition signifies the transition made by 18 determined individuals into the visual arts and graphic design professions.

Dr McArdle will open the Honours09 exhibition at 2pm – 4pm on Saturday, 14 November at the Visual Arts Centre in View Street. The exhibition runs from 11 – 22 November. More information is available by contacting Paul Northam at the Visual Arts Centre, ph 03 5441 8724 or at

Enquiries about On the Brink may be directed to Chris Wood, ph 5444 7917, email  or

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161




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