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'Memories of the Woolwash' selected for CQU Creates Award

Published:02 August 2019

TOP: The CQU Creates Award 2019 ($1500) winner, a mixed media landscape on paper by Carmen Beezley-Drake, entitled 'Memories of the Woolwash'. MID: The CQU Creates Indigenous Art Award 2019 ($1500) was again won by Bundaberg artist, Llewellyn Swallow, with her acrylic painting 'Myiagras of the Bucca Bucca'. BELOW: The CQU Creates Student Award 2019 ($500) was won by a current student formerly living at Mackay and now resident at Moranbah, Brianna Brett. The judge commented that Ms Brett’s winning embroidered fabric sculpture, 'Thymoma', in the form of a diary released from a ribcage, was a well thought out and confidently executed piece about surviving harrowing cancer treatment - a harsh theme in startling contrast to the softness and prettiness of the embroidered fabric and detailing.

The CQU Creates Award 2019 ($1500) winner, a mixed media landscape on paper by Carmen Beezley-Drake, entitled Memories of the Woolwash, was praised by the judge as a bold yet subtle work, confidently balancing abstract elements with a detailed and intimate knowledge of an Australian landscape.

Mrs Beezley-Drake, a senior artist and a past student of CQ TAFE who lives in Rockhampton, has entered the competition for the past six years.

She said her landscape depicted an historic site on the outskirts of Rockhampton, once used as a wash for wool.

“It’s quite a magical place with abundant bird life and some evidence of its earlier agricultural life," she says.

The CQU Creates Indigenous Art Award 2019 ($1500) was again won by Bundaberg artist, Llewellyn Swallow, who also won in 2018.

The judge commented on the strong, layered composition blending a traditional narrative with a personal and contemporary treatment of colour and movement.

A past student of CQUniversity, Mrs Swallow said her acrylic painting Myiagras of the Bucca Bucca was based on a dreamtime story of birds, threatened by hunters, who built their nests floating in the skies far above the campsites of Indigenous hunters below.

The CQU Creates Student Award 2019 ($500) was won by a current student formerly living at Mackay and now resident at Moranbah, Brianna Brett.

The judge commented that Ms Brett’s winning embroidered fabric sculpture, Thymoma, in the form of a diary released from a ribcage, was a well thought out and confidently executed piece about surviving harrowing cancer treatment ― a harsh theme in startling contrast to the softness and prettiness of the embroidered fabric and detailing.

Ms Brett said that while physical and mental scars remain after such medical treatment, her aim was to celebrate recovery, beauty and light.

The CQU Creates Art Awards celebrates its 6th anniversary this year, with a record number of 68 entries. It is open to past and present students and staff of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE, and artworks are judged on criteria of originality, visual quality, conceptual interest and skill.

Entry is free of charge to view the exhibition of diverse artworks by emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibition offers an opportunity to buy the artists of tomorrow and visitors can see the affordable artworks in an exhibition roadshow which travels from Rockhampton to Mackay, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Emerald. Details are via www.cqu.edu.au/cqucreates .

CQU Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp said CQU Creates aims to make a difference in artists’ lives and presents a unique window on the attitudes, interests and creativity of the wider CQUniversity community.

The Rockhampton exhibition is free and open to the public from 31 July – 3 August.

In 2019, a record number of 68 entries were received, ranging from paintings, drawings, photography, prints and videos to three-dimensional works using found objects (including a suitcase and part of a termite’s mound), recycled and synthetic materials, and glass, fabric, fibre, clay and aluminium.

The exhibition offers plenty to ponder over, with artists addressing diverse themes from natural and urban landscapes and portraits, to conceptual, abstract and surreal imagery. Nature conservation, fire and drought, consumer waste, illness and wellness, personal, feminine and Aboriginal identities, and the nature of art and learning experiences were popular subjects.

The 2019 judge, Rockhampton artist and educator, Patricia Dunn, commended the diversity and interest of the large and lively exhibition. Ms Dunn praised the originality, strong concepts and skilfull handling of media evident in the works that took out the awards.

CQU CREATES 2019 PUBLIC OPENING TIMES:

Building 36 (The Old Birdcage Bar, Level 1)

CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Patrick White Lane

9 am – 4 pm Wed 31 July to Fri 2 August

9 am – 1 pm Sat 3 August

Building 004 (Ground floor)

CQUniversity Mackay City, Sydney Street

9 am – 4 pm Thu 8 – Fri 9 August

9 am – 12 noon Saturday 10 August (CQU Open Day)

Building 5 (Drama Barn)

CQUniversity Bundaberg, University drive

9 am – 4 pm Thu 22 – Fri 23 August

Leo Zussino Building (Level 1)

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina, Bryan Jordan Drive

9 am – 4 pm Wed 28 August

9 am – 8 pm Thu 29 August

Building 1 (Level 1)

CQUniversity Emerald, Capricorn Highway

9 am – 5 pm Fri 6 September

9 am – 12 noon Sat 7 September