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Past student wins CQU Creates 2017 with colour linocut print depicting 'A diver's view'

Past student wins CQU Creates 2017 with colour linocut print depicting 'A diver's view'

Published:04 August 2017

1. The CQU Creates 2017 Award ($1000) winner, a colour linocut print depicting corals, fish, jelly fish and shells, by Susan Head, entitled a ‘A diver’s view’. 2. The CQU Creates 2017 Indigenous Art Award winner, an acrylic painting, by Kate Oates, entitled 'Tipping the scales'. 3. The winner of the CQU 2017 Anniversary Award ($500) is an acrylic painting by Veronika Zeil, entitled 'Milestones at home campus', which depicts the “iconic landmarks and structures, artworks and logo” of the Rockhampton Campus from its first foundations in 1967 to the Rockhampton Campus of today. 4. The CQU Creates 2017 Student Award ($500) was won by a current jewellery student, Pat Handley. Her winning piece, a sterling silver and jasper brooch, entitled ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning’ depicts a sun rising or setting through low cloud and is inspired by Laurence Binyon’s poem, ‘For the fallen’.

Past student Susan Head has won the CQU Creates 2017 Award with a colour linocut print depicting corals, fish, jelly fish and shells.

The overall winner and category winners were announced during the launch of the 36 artworks making up the CQU Creates 2017 Exhibition, on Friday evening, 4 August.

Competition judge, Rockhampton Art Gallery Director Bianca Acimovic says Ms Head was a deserved winner of the $1000 award as her work showed technical confidence and pushed the boundaries of the artistic medium.

Ms Head, who specialises in printmaking and lives at Zilzie on the Capricorn Coast, said she aimed to represent a pristine ocean environment: "a very mobile ocean and its glorious life".

There were three entrants for the CQU Creates 2017 Indigenous Art Award ($1000): Yvonne McDonald (a current staff member), Isobella Rudolph (a current student) and the winner, another current student, Kate Oates, who is studying law and lives in Rockhampton.

The judge commended the layering of social commentary and narrative and technical skill of Ms Oates’ acrylic painting, entitled ‘Tipping the scales’.

Ms Oates said her winning work depicted “a terrible journey, I still see and feel my nightmare, the scales of justice tipping backwards and forwards this way and that.”

The winner of the CQU 2017 Anniversary Award ($500) is Veronika Zeil, a past student residing in Rockhampton, who said her acrylic painting ‘Milestones at home campus’, depicts the “iconic landmarks and structures, artworks and logo” of the Rockhampton Campus, from its first foundations in 1967 to the Rockhampton Campus of today.

The CQU Creates 2017 Student Award ($500) was won by a current jewellery student, Pat Handley. Her winning piece, a sterling silver and jasper brooch, entitled ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning’ depicts a sun rising or setting through low cloud and is inspired by Laurence Binyon’s poem, ‘For the fallen’.

Competition judge Ms Acimovic says selecting art competition winners was never easy and involved "considerations of aesthetic appeal, technical composition and deliberate practice explorations".

CQU Creates 2017 is now in its fourth year as an annual touring exhibition and competition open to artists with ties to CQUniversity.

The exhibition is a vibrant and thought-provoking display of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, jewellery and other media by emerging and established artists, including well-known regional artists.

Four artists focused on the 50th anniversary of the CQUni Rockhampton North Campus and others addressed themes of personal and community importance, including Aboriginal heritage and identity, our ANZAC history, the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, the problem of invasive pests in land care, social issues such as homelessness, literary themes, landscapes, city scenes, marine subjects, flora and fauna and portraiture.

CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said CQUni Creates aims to bring together all sectors of the University and the communities it serves while also showcasing excellent artworks.

“The University collects art and trains the artists of the future in our creative and visual arts courses, and we hope that the CQU Creates competition may be a springboard into the arts industry for new and promising artistic talents,” Professor Bowman said.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the Exhibition when it visits CQUni Mackay City campus (from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday 11 August and from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday 12 August) and CQUni Gladstone Marina campus (from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday 1 September and from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday 3 September). Entry is free.