Every day I am a day older

16 February – 30 March 2013

Charting the range of portraiture in the Griffith University Art Collection ( GUAC ), the exhibition Everyday I am a day older takes its title from a series of self-portraits by artist David M Thomas ( AUS ). The exhibition included historical works held in the GUAC, through to contemporary portraiture by Juan Davila (Chile/ AUS ), Tracey Moffatt ( AUS / USA ), Mike Parr ( AUS ), Vernon Ah Kee ( AUS ), Robert McPherson ( AUS ) and Dale Frank ( AUS ), among others, with selected loans.

Artists's self-portraits, their portraits of other artists, portraits of animals and of architecture provide a rich set of associations through which we can reflect on ideas, debates and contexts that have shaped our conceptions of self, and the way we perceive the beings and things that surround us. It is also a fruitful reflection on the way artworks are acquired and function as public collections grow around shifting areas of interest and research.

Public Programs

Sessions were run during Orientation Week where David M Thomas spoke about his art practice and the project Every day I am a day older, featured in the exhibition. The Griffith Artworks Art Collection Manager, Joanne Duke, led a tour of the exhibition and provided insight into the workings of public art collections.

Untitled self portraits

Image: David M Thomas (Untitled self portraits) from the series Every day I am a day older 1992. Griffith University Art Collection. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by David M Thomas, 2012.

Mythopoetic: women artists from Australia and India

10 April – 18 May 2013

Presented by GUAG and QCA Galleries as part of Encounters: India Festival, the exhibition Mythopoetic: women artists from Australia and India took place across three galleries located at Griffith University's Queensland College of Art. The work of 15 artists surveyed the way in which women are re-picturing, re-contextualising and re-imaging the feminine.

Exhibiting artists included: Dhruvi Acharya (India), Kate Beynon ( AUS ), Di Ball ( AUS ), Laini Burton ( AUS ), Marnie Dean ( AUS ), Simone Eisler ( AUS ), Fiona Hall ( AUS ), Pat Hoffie (Scotland/ AUS ), Sonia Khurana (India), Pushpamala N. (India), Anne-Maree Reaney and Jill Kinnear ( AUS ), Mandy Ridley ( AUS ), Sangeeta Sandrasegar ( AUS ) and Shambhavi Singh (India).

Curator: Marnie Dean.

Public Programs

11 May 2013
The 'Mythopoetic' exhibition and the opening of Encounters: India Festival, included guest speakers and a live performance by renowned Indian musician Rajesh Mhta on 'Hybrid Trumpet' in the Queensland College of Art Project Gallery.

16 May 2013
Griffith University Art Gallery hosted a tour of all three exhibition venues with exhibiting artists Marnie Dean, Pat Hoffie, Laini Burton, Di Ball, Simone Eisler, Jill Kinnear and Ann-Marie Reaney.

18 March 2013
Marnie Dean, artist/curator gave an in-depth talk on curating 'Mythopoetic' and the artworks on loan from Australian and Indian artists.

The Prince: Michael Zavros

24 May – 7 July 2013

A Rockhampton Art Gallery Exhibition sponsored by Lexus of Rockhampton.

In New York in the late 1970s a young Richard Prince, working in the tear sheet department at Time Life, began to manipulate images from advertising, reconfiguring them as his own and, in the process, creating some of the most contentious and iconic work of the twentieth century.

Prince's 're-photographs' of Marlboro cigarette advertising without logos reclaim the iconic hero of the frontier - the American cowboy - from the clutches of commercial advertising. Some 30 years later Queensland artist Michael Zavros revists Prince's Untitled (cowboy) series in his recent work. Spanning over 15 years of the artist's practice, this exhibition brings together the Prince/Zavros series of drawings and paintings, as well as paintings of interiors, earlier works of men's fashion drawn from commercial advertising and 'TV' paintings.

Through Zavros' appropriated appropriation - photography via painting - the work of Richard Prince is re-presented to a contemporary audience, for whom, arguably, the original context of cigarette advertising is redundant. The Prince/Zavros series is quite simply, romantic, and reminds us of the power of a great image and the potency of a single idea.

Prince/Zavros 9 2012

Image: Prince/Zavros 9 2012 (detail) | oil on board | 14.0 x 21.0 cm Long term loan from a private collection 2012. Proposed gift to Rockhampton Art Gallery under the Australian Cultural Gifts Program.

The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize 2013

12 July–7 September 2013

WINNER: Amy Tam (aka Liberté Grace) b.1980, Melbourne, Vic The Perfect Boy Myth (version 1) 2013 HD video, single channel on flatscreen, 16:9, colour, stereo sound, edition 1/5 11:30 mins Courtesy and © the artist undefined

Highly Commended: Annika Koops, Sissy, 2012, digital photograph, inkjet print, edition 2/4 + 1 AP, 132 x 103cm Becc Orszag, Do as we do 2011-12, graphite, carbon pencil on paper; My Other Half 2011-12, graphite, carbon and charcoal on paper; The Sisters 2012, graphite carbon and charcoal on paper.

Exhibiting Finalists included:

  • Alun Rhys Jones
  • Alice Lang
  • Amy Tam
  • Annika Koops
  • Athena Thebus
  • Becc Orszag
  • Bianca Lago
  • Bobby Kyriakopoulos
  • Brett Ramsey
  • Caitlin Franzmann + Leena Riethmuller
  • Carol McGregor
  • Chantal Fraser
  • Dana Lawrie
  • Dan McCabe
  • Elizabeth Willing
  • Harley Ives
  • Jess Olivieri, Hayley Forward & Parachutes for Ladies
  • Jonny Niesche
  • Kasia Lynch
  • Keg de Souza
  • Laura Hindmarsh
  • Leo Coyte
  • Nadia Mcleish
  • Paul Adair
  • Phuong Ngo
  • Sam Cranstoun
  • Sophie Clague
  • Sue Beyer
  • Svetlana Bailey
  • Teo Treloar
  • Tully Moore
  • Tyza Stewart

Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image

17- 28 September 2013

Exhibiting artists:

  • Francis Alys
  • David Claerbout
  • Douglas Gordan
  • Gary Hill
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Joan Jonas
  • Isaac Julien
  • William Kentridge
  • Paul McCarthy
  • Pipilotti Rist
  • Anri Sala

Q-ARI Project – Artist-Run Initiatives Showcase

20 – 22 September 2013 at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

5 October – 16 November 2013 at Griffith University Art Gallery:

Q-ARI is a project supported by Arts Queensland, presenting the vibrant Artist-run Initiative scene of the Queensland state.

  • Accidentally Annie Street Space
  • Addition Gallery
  • Boxcopy
  • Current Projects
  • Diagram
  • The Wandering Room

Logos of Sponsor and ARIs

Graduate Art Show 2013

28 November 2013 – 7 February 2014


  • Robert Andrew
  • Karike Ashworth
  • Alyson Baker
  • Chenaya Bancroft-Davis
  • Daniel Cabrera
  • Amy Commins
  • Freda Davies
  • Simon Degroot
  • Paul Eves
  • Krista Gardner
  • Bridie Gillman
  • Hillary Green
  • Jenna Green
  • Emily May Griffin
  • Dale Harding
  • Genie Lee
  • Meredith Macleod
  • Bianca Mavrick
  • Carol McGregor
  • Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs
  • Kate McKay
  • Zoe Porter
  • Sarah Poulgrain
  • Jake Roden
  • Amanda Wolf
  • Bridgette Shepherd
  • Anna Wotherspoon

THE GAS: Graduate Art Show

ROBERT ANDREW wins THE GAS: Graduate Art Show and The Survey Co Art Award 2013. Left to Right: Luke Roberts (artist and Judge of the award), Robert Andrew, Nick Stapleton (The Survey Co.), Naomi Evans (Acting Director, Griffith University Art Gallery). Photo Sophie Richards.

THE GAS is a much anticipated annual exhibition at Griffith University Art Gallery, showcasing art by QCA Undergraduate, Honours, Masters and Doctoral students, all graduating in 2013 from the faculties of Contemporary Indigenous Art, Fine Art [Jewellery and Small Objects, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture], and Photography.

Griffith University Art Gallery is the flagship public art gallery of Griffith University. It curates and tours new solo projects and group exhibitions throughout the year, bringing Australian and international contemporary art into the QCA campus and the wider community. THE GAS is the only student exhibition we present each year, an exciting event in our exhibition program.

THE GAS represents a snapshot of artists' current interests and methods of working, including artwork that engages with cultural and personal histories, performance, social documentation, and the intersections of art, science and technology. The artists express diverse ideas through visual languages that are delivered in serious, considered and sometimes playful or humorously inflected tones. The artists in THE GAS each have distinct 'voices' and we hope you enjoy the surprising, perhaps challenging, and inspiring outcomes of their work.

Judge of The Survey Co. Art Prize 2013: Luke Roberts

Selection committee: Ellie Buttrose, Naomi Evans, Grant Stevens

Jake RODEN Untitled (Packet Shapes) 2013 Digital photograph on Entrada Bright Stock, 120 x 80cm Finalist: THE GAS> Graduate Art Show 2013 and The Survey Co. Art Prize