Art lovers welcome to 2018 CQU Creates Art Awards exhibition

Published:27 July 2018

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’.

Art lovers are welcome to attend the 2018 CQU Creates Art Awards exhibition celebrating the talent of past and present students and staff of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE.

Entry is free of charge to view the outstanding and diverse artworks on display in the exhibition roadshow which travels from Rockhampton to Mackay, Bundaberg and Gladstone in August. Details are via .

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman says CQU Creates aims to encourage emerging artists and is an enjoyable highlight of the University calendar, bringing together staff, students and visitors to campuses across the Central Queensland footprint.

“We believe that seeing, enjoying and creating artworks makes our communities exciting places in which to work and live,” Professor Bowman said.

CQU Creates 2018 will be officially opened on Friday 3 August, in the Foyer, Ground floor, Building 5 (Arthur Appleton), CQUniversity Rockhampton North, before the exhibition tours to the CQUniversity Mackay City, Bundaberg and Gladstone Marina campuses.

At the launch, Professor Bowman will reveal the judge’s selections for the prizes valued at a total of $3500.

The Rockhampton exhibition is free and open to the public from 1 – 4 August.

In 2018, 44 entries were received, representing a wide array of contemporary art, including a digital music video, jewellery, sculpture, photographs, prints, acrylic and oil paintings, watercolours, pastels, ink and charcoal drawings.

“Artists addressed themes of relevance to their localities or communities, and some depicted rural and urban places, nature and conservation issues or drew attention to the impact of technology, style, music and the arts on our culture,” says CQUniversity Art Collection Manager Sue Smith.

“Other artists created intimate portraits of family members or addressed universal experiences such as mortality. A few artists examined what characteristics determine personal and social identity, from strength, fragility and resilience to gender, sexuality and cultural heritage.”

This year’s judge, Capricorn Coast artist Noel Brady said he enjoyed the wide variety of styles, approaches, viewpoints and subject matter in the large exhibition. He was impressed by the combination of strong concepts and compositions and technical skill to realise the ideas displayed by the winning artworks.


Foyer, Ground Floor, Building 5 (Arthur Appleton) Melba Close

CQUniversity Rockhampton North

Wed – Fri 1 – 3 August, 9 am – 4 pm

Saturday 4 August, 9 am – 1 pm

Ground Floor, Building 004

CQUniversity Mackay City

Friday 10 August, 9 am – 4 pm

Saturday 11 August, 9 am – 1 pm

Drama Barn, Building 5

CQUniversity Bundaberg

Friday 24 August, 9 am – 4 pm

Saturday 25 August, 9 am – 1 pm

Level 1, Leo Zussino Building

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina

Tue - Wed 28 August - 29 August, 9 am – 4 pm

Thursday 30 August, 9 am – 8 pm