Visitors to new Mackay gallery can become ‘shadows’ amongst the art works

Published:10 June 2019

Artist Glenda Hobdell (right) with Professor Judith Brown at the new media exhibition space, ‘Gallery•31’.

CQUniversity is this week (12 June) launching its contemporary, new media exhibition space, ‘Gallery*31’.

The space is set to initiate the future of CQUni’s Mackay City campus as a key focus for innovative, creative industries arts practice.

The inaugural exhibition – Glenda Hobdell aka LaBudda A Retrospective 1998-2018: Two Decades of Red - is scheduled to be officially opened by CQUniversity’s Dean of Education and the Arts, Professor Bill Blayney.

After the Wednesday evening launch, the exhibition will remain open on weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm until 28 June.

Ms Hobdell’s artistic journey started with two-dimensional works but has evolved to include immersive installations that draw on sound, light, moving images, shadows and human interventions.

The exhibition also features images on clear plastic and acrylic prints – providing transparent and translucent surfaces – alongside bleached, embroidered and printed fabrics, projected light and video screens.

“We are showcasing what is possible in this new transmedia space, which has been adapted to make it viable to hang elements off the wall,” Ms Hobdell says.

Professor Pierre Viljoen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Campuses and Mackay-Whitsunday Region), says ‘Gallery*31’ is a new and exciting transmedia space at the Mackay City Campus.

“We will be showcasing the creative integration of digital technologies in art practice at the inaugural exhibition,” Professor Viljoen says.

Ms Hobdell has an extensive history as an artist educator and is now a CQUniversity lecturer.

She has presented many new media exhibitions, has an MA in Arts Research, and has delivered presentations and workshops to global audiences.

Ms Hobdell is currently working on a PhD project collaborating with local arts educators and artists to develop and present significant transmedia exhibitions.