Grad Show: Full Steam Astern

Congratulations to our fundraising team!

Our fundraising team: Chantelle, Clare, ChelseaPaniti (Steph who helped with the organisation of the event), who raised $370!! This is a single event that raised the most money after the Art Auction! Well done!!! (Look at all the motorbikes at the back!)

Grad Show website

We are putting the final touches on the Grad Show website. A Big Thank you also to Mackenzie and David A for helping with uploading content and Jasmine for making the final tweaks to the web catalogue.

If you have not submitted any information as requested, please do so as soon as possible. We no longer need your statement or headshot, but we do need 3 images of your work  – please format them as follows:

  • 72 dpi
  • 600px height

Your need to supply the title as: Title, year of production, medium, duration/ dimension (if relevant). Upload these stills to your folder on Google drive: and please let Jasmine know that you have done this.

Grad Show schedule

We will need the curatorial committee: Jane, Sonny, Anh, Kate, Steph, Chloe, Clare, and Lily on Friday 17 November 2017 at 11am in building 25, Main Campus. We need to re-assess our draft layout plan for work. The final plan will be uploaded to – please check this site.

We also need physical assistance in uploading transported equipment from iC as well as preparation of the rooms (including painting) so please wear work clothes.  If you are not on the curatorial committee but want to help out – we would love to have you.

The installation period is Monday 20 November and Tuesday 21 November. You must be present to install your work in the designated location. If you are not there, your work will not be included in the exhibition.

Opening event

The Grad Show, officially SCOPE: 2017 UOW Graduate Exhibition, is to be formally opened on Friday 24 November 6 – 9pm.

You are welcomed to bring up to 3 guests with you on the night. There is a large number of students participating in the exhibition this year and due to building’s capacity we need to put a ticketing system in place Please obtain your tickets here by registering for the free event at Event Brite 

Speeches are scheduled in 25.107 at 6.30pm. There is limited capacity in the lecture theatre but the event will be live streamed and guests are welcomed at other live stream locations in the building which include 25.163 and 25.128.

Exhibition period

The exhibition will run from Saturday 25 November until Saturday 9 December. It will open to the public on 3 Saturdays from 12 – 5pm):

  • Saturday 25 November
  • Saturday 2 December
  • Saturday 9 December

We need attendants for these three days. Your duties will include turning on/off projections/ av works/ lights, unlocking and locking up spaces. You will need to be present for visitors.

I am asking the following students who signed up for Event and Marketing teams to volunteer. If you or your friend can attend one of these afternoons, please let me know as soon as you can. It would be great to have your contributions:

Kayla, Maya, Kade, Joanna, Briana, Binaisha, Harrison, Sam, Nick, Nathan, David G, Noelle, Teagan


All students must come in to uninstall and collect their works on Monday 11 December 10am. More details to follow.

Week 10: An Eye on the Process, An Eye on the Project.

This week we begin the push toward the graduate exhibition – a great opportunity to present your emerging practice as it stands and to celebrate 3+ years of work.

We will spend sometime talking about project management because – while we are most concerned about establishing an ongoing practice – we also have to present that project to the public.  We will then continue with our process of testing and feedback.

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This is a Voice

The current exhibition This is a Voice at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, is a Wellcome Collection exhibition produced in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

This unique exhibition investigates voice, sound, aural creation, perception and experience through objects, museum collections, and contemporary media artworks.

MEDA202 and MEDA302 students are particularly recommended to visit the exhibition to inform their research and project works.

More information can be found here.

Week 5 – Bringing Things Together

In the first few weeks of the course we’ve explored the way art, craft, theory and research intersect as the basis of a well grounded and supported creative practice. We then started to think about how we can describe our own individual practices.

James Turrell, Ronin, 1968 Fluorescent light, dimensions variable

Portfolio Work.

In week five we will start by spending an hour going over and testing these statements of practice in the classroom. If you are having trouble with your statement it might be worth using the categories above to think through what you do. Ask;

What questions do you explore/ask as a function of your practice and how? (Art/Media)
What key influences, mentors, or peers inform your practice? (what questions does their work ask/explore?) (Context)
What set of ideas/theories do you work with, are your interested in working with, or which inform your practice? (Theory/Philosophy)
What aspects of craft do these experiments require, or which you have developed while engaged in this practice? (Your skills)

Jo Law, June 2014, Lithograph

Think about the story you are telling and how well it is supported by the works you have selected to include in your portfolio. What directions do you need to take this term in order to realise the image presented in your statement? What directions are presented by your existing portfolio? What is it that I am really interested in? What do you want to get better at?  What type of work do you wish was there in your portfolio? Shape your description accordingly.

Once you have developed a statement in full, test it, by exchanging it with at least two of your classmates, recording, and incorporating their feedback?

When reading someone else’s statement assess the image that is presented? Is that image professional? warm? arrogant? meek? coherent?

Material Research.

Cardiff & Miller, Stormroom 2009


As we discussed in class in week 2 and 3 we will spend the rest of the workshop doing material research.

This is a chance to begin a dialogue as a group of practitioners. For that to work we have to be disciplined enough to make the DMC work as shared creative space – bring all you will need to make the most of the time together. Think about your work as a contribution to the group as much as to your own project. Don’t leave early because you’re not organised…. be organised, be disciplined, work within the time and space together. Care for each other and each others work.

Given all we’ve discussed over the previous weeks and the statement you’ve been working on and choose a work by one artist or maker whose work usefully explores an aspect of the theme ‘futures’ and whose practice informs or resonates with your own. Think back to the previous exercise. Choose a work that best serves to illustrate your interests.

Emulate, iterate, or adopt one aspect or strategy of this work.

If your mentor is a filmmaker –  research an aspect of their aesthetic or style by attempting to emulate an instance of their work. If they are a composer – compose in the style of…… etc, etc.

The element that you choose might offer a technical challenge, a chance to practice or research a particular craft or technique, a chance to explore an aesthetic, idea or function. Be specific about which of these aspects you are focussing on – that is be specific about why you have chosen a particular aspect to work with and what your aims are in engaging (in) this work.

This work need not end up in your final work – its just a place to start and engagement with the materials and ideas you are interested in.

Be ready to document your work, to discuss it with your peers, and with Jo an I. Think about what the next step is? Another experiment, an iteration, engagement with another work?

Art Auction

Many thanks to those who donated to the Art Auction. The exhibition is at the TAEM Gallery in building 25 on main campus. It was launched for Open Day on Saturday and silent auction already began. Live Auction takes place on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 12.30pm. Remember to tell all your friends and family. UOW has the news story here:










Exhibition: Sound the Future


Sounding the Future

Peter Blamey, George Poonkhin Khut, Gail Priest, Pia van Gelder & Tom Smith
Curated by Gail Priest

Opening: Tuesday 1 August, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 1 August – 22 September

The future may be hard to see from here, but perhaps we can hear it coming….

UTS Gallery is pleased to present Sounding the Future, an exhibition that challenges the audience to consider not ‘visions of the future’, but the possibility of letting the auditory realm lead our imaginings.

Full details…

Grad Show 2017

This post will be updated.

Currently our Committee Members are:











Siteworks call for Volunteers

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Siteworks is Bundanon’s annual Spring event which brings scientists, artists and community voices together to share knowledge and ideas arising from the Bundanon sites through a series of discussions, presentations and experiences.

Siteworks volunteers are the face of the event and play a vital role in creating an enhanced experience for audiences. This is a rare opportunity for those interested in contemporary art, science or working/studying in the fields of art, hospitality and events to develop skills and experience in the industry.

No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to a community event. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact the Programs Team at or on 02 4422 2121.

Or visit Siteworks online at:

Image: Deborah Kelly, Birth of Beeness, 2017