The QCA is a thriving community of artists, designers, photographers and creative thinkers

At the Queensland College of Art, we've built a strong, tight-knit creative community. We teach creative innovation and adaptability and are seeing the results of that as we adapt to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Our QCA students, staff and alumni continue to push creative boundaries and we are proud to showcase these stories, projects and exhibitions. We'll update this page regularly and encourage you to engage with us further through our social media channels.

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Alumnus exhibition at Queensland State Archives

Fragments of Remembering is a new body of work by Yuwaalaraay, Gamilaraay and Koama artist and QCA Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art alumnus Melissa Stannard. Developed from her research into archival records of Aboriginal reserves, missions and family members, Melissa is exhibiting at the Queensland State Archives until 30 September 2020.

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Art graduates selected for national exhibition

Three QCA graduates, Emma Hutton, Jody Rallah and Michelle Vine, are in the running for a $50,000 prize as part of the Hatched National Graduate Show. The prestigious exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art showcases the country’s best up-and-coming artists with work spans painting, sculpture, photography, installation, textiles, sound and video.

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Support the work of Indigenous artists at Griffith

Awards and prizes are presented by Griffith University with the support of community donations. The Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art degree is exclusively for Indigenous students, taught by Indigenous teachers and has established the careers of many leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Donate now to contribute to CAIA prizes and awards.

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Finalists announced for painting prize

Congratulations to the 36 artists selected for the 2020 Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting Finalists' Exhibition 2020! The awards night will be held on Thursday 26 November 2020, Webb Gallery, QCA, Brisbane.

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Natalya Hughes exhibition tour

Join 2020 QAGOMA Artist Ambassador and Queensland College of Art fine art lecturer, Natalya Hughes for a tour of her recent exhibition 'Maybe I was painting the woman in me' at Milani Gallery. Natalya explains her inspirations, artistic processes and response to the ‘Woman’ paintings of Willem de Kooning.

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Alumnus wins artists' book prize

Congratulations QCA alumnus Michael Phillips, who was recently announced as the winner in the 2020 Libris Awards, Category 3, Artspace Mackay Foundation Tertiary Artists’ Book Award for his work, 'Between earth, four views' 2020, woodblock print, 27 x 19.5 cm.

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Portrait of a pandemic: documenting COVID-19’s impact

QCA has teamed up with the State Library of Queensland to document the impact of COVID-19 across the state. QCA photography program director Dr Heather Faulkner pulled together a group of accomplished alumni, each tasked with capturing 100 portraits from around Queensland.

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Revealing Queensland’s forgotten Indigenous history

Queensland College of Art postdoctoral fellow Dr Fiona Foley has won the inaugural Monica Clare Research Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to explore Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures using the State Library’s collections.

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Passion drives QCA photojournalist student

Great profile in the UNSW Newsworthy blog on Queensland College of Art photography student Isabella Porras, focusing on her internship with The Sydney Morning Herald during the catastrophic bushfires in early 2020.

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Indigenous artists reach finals of national art prize

Three artists from the Queensland College of Art have made the finals of the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). The awards showcase the best Australian Indigenous art from emerging and established artists around the country.

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Griffith 3D print experts create PPE equipment

Griffith’s expertise and 3D printers are being used to help manufacture essential protective equipment for frontline health workers across Australia in response to COVID-19.

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QCA lecturer designs revolutionary ventilator

Industrial design lecturer Dr Sam Canning has created a prototype ventilator from everyday items that could be used to save lives in developing countries.

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Griffith University Art Museum

What's on?

Griffith University Art Museum is custodian of the Griffith University Art Collection, a significant public art collection in Queensland. See what's on during this time, including online and interactive resources like artist talks, videos and podcasts; adult and children's workshops; education kits, publications and resources.

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QCA Galleries

New online exhibitions

QCA Galleries are a facility of the Queensland College Art. Exhibitions, guest lectures and artist talks are programmed throughout the year. This online gallery space presents an opportunity for you to access exhibitions online. New exhibitions are added on a regular basis.

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QCA Live is the central hub breaking new ground by offering you platforms to redirect, challenge and rethink where you can take your creative career. Explore studio courses, work-integrated learning, professional development, real world projects, industry engagement, and mobility opportunities.

Latest news

Art lecturer wins top honours at national awards

26 Nov 2020

Queensland College of Art lecturer Natalya Hughes took out top honours at the Sunshine Coast Art...

Griffith celebrates the first teachers, artists, scientists and healers

13 Nov 2020

2020 NAIDOC Week has been celebrated across Griffith, albeit more virtually than in previous...

Meet the First Nations researcher uncovering Queensland’s hidden histories

04 Nov 2020

Queensland College of Art lecturer Dr Fiona Foley is cementing her position as one of the...

Griffith graduate explores the art of mindfulness

27 Oct 2020

Queensland College of Art graduate Georgina Hooper explores how making art can foster mindfulness...

First Nations artist receives national recognition

22 Oct 2020

First Nations student Debbie Taylor Worley will embark on an epic journey back to country after...

Griffith artists selected for nation’s top portrait prizes

24 Sep 2020

Works by QCA staff, students and alumni are in the running for two of Australia’s most...

Art museum director appointed to national leadership role

23 Sep 2020

Griffith University Art Museum Director Angela Goddard has been appointed Chair of University Art...

New partnership provides studio space for art alumni

23 Sep 2020

Emerging artists are reaping the rewards of a new industry partnership that provides QCA graduates...

Griffith grad takes out top prize at Swell Sculpture Festival

21 Sep 2020

Queensland College of Art alumnus Mari Hirata won the Swell Sculpture Festival with an eye-catching...

Griffith creatives explore Brisbane’s hidden history

16 Sep 2020

A new exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane is curated by Queensland College of Art (QCA) alumnus...

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QCA Graduate exhibitions

South Bank Queensland College of Art graduate exhibition

South Bank graduate exhibitions

See works from Design, Creative & Interactive Media, Photography, Fine Art, and Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art students from QCA South Bank campus.

Wednesday 30 October 2019 6 – 9 pm
Exhibitions remain open 31 October – 3 November 2019, 10 am – 4 pm
South Bank campus, 226 Grey Street, South Brisbane

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Gold Coast graduate exhibition

Gold Coast graduate exhibition

See works from Design, Creative & Interactive Media, Digital Media, and Industrial Design students from the QCA Gold Coast campus.

Friday 1 November 2019 6.30 – 9 pm
One night only
Gold Coast campus, G14 Precinct, Parklands Drive

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Honours and postgraduate Queensland College of Art graduate exhibition

Honours/postgraduate exhibitions

See works from Master of Visual Arts, Master of Design, and Honours students from the QCA Gold Coast and South Bank campuses.

Friday 15 November 2019 6 – 9 pm
Exhibitions remain open 18 – 23 November 2019,
10 am – 4 pm
QCA Galleries, South Bank campus

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