New opportunity for QCA students to display their work to the public

Machinery Street Galleries is an initiative of QCA Galleries and Lendlease, presenting an exciting new avenue for undergraduate Fine Art and Photography students from the Queensland College of Art (QCA) to exhibit and present their work to the public.

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Current exhibition

Echoes of Time

Linda McInally

Light travels and moves into random places in the environment which contains public and private spaces that are usually structured and made in an organised way. The visual experience of this work depicts how each day can be different and it reveals that entropy and temporality infiltrate spaces each day then renew, dissolve and change again according to the sun’s movement in the sky, clouds and wind.

The natural sunlight on the installation reflects geometric shapes onto the site and onto spectators walking through and engaging within the space. Infinite possibilities are created through colours, shapes and reflections.

Linda McInally is currently (commenced 2017) undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Art, at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane. Linda is exploring and developing her love of drawing and painting as well as incorporating expanded practices into her creative works.

The Lost Worlds

Clare Collyer

The Lost Worlds, is an installation which draws on the concept of telepresence; the perception of presence within a physically remote or simulated site. How our imagination can transport us or rather our mind into different realities when we read fictional novels. Using second hand novels sourced from op-shops as the main material, to focus on the forgotten nature of these books and the ‘lost’ stories that are hidden within them. Turning the pages of these books into origami boats and hanging them on mass from the ceiling then allowing the viewer to immerse themselves with the boats and be transported into a different world/time. Creating a very whimsical experience. Clare used the symbol of a boat as it’s a vessel for transportation however she is aware that there are many meanings that people could draw on in the current contemporary context in regard to the symbol of a boat.

Clare Collyer is a 2nd year undergraduate student at Griffith University’s Queensland Collage of Art. Her studio work evolves around sculpture and expanded practices with a particular interest in repetition and fine details. Her background in fashion design and bridal-wear have helped form her minimal aesthetic. Her practice is very material driven; with ideas forming after sourcing different materials and experimenting with them. Clare plans to finish her Bachelor in Fine Arts and continue evolving her art practice in the Brisbane art scene.

Past exhibition June 2018


Work from students of QCA’s Lighting as a Visual Language

Luz is an exhibition that explores creative interpretations of light through the medium of zine. The research and development behind this project was conducted in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Design Library, The Edge and Zics (Zine & Indie Comic Symposium 2018).

Shaped by their means of production, self-published zines, tomes and periodicals have seeped into mainstream culture. From the extreme, goal-oriented, professional and slick to the deliberate, activist, naive and the shambling, the liberating force of self-publishing allows for greater differentiation in terms of content, distribution and editorial say.

These students analyse the emotional and expressive qualities of their imagery through the application of light and form and contextualise their practice in terms of the characterisation of the subject and how this translates into meaning within the context of the Zine.

Past exhibition March 2018 – May 2018

Cambodia in Sight

QCA Cambodia Documentary In-Field, 2018

Artists: Alesia Tabone, Sara Goddard, Jack Hart, Dylan Crawford, James O’Reilly, Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza, Joshua Prieto, Molly Burley, Debra Harrip, Ari Balle-Bowness, Kate Ryan, Margaux Kendall, Lilly McKenzie, Lily Mitchell,  Jennifer Colverson, Kathy Foster, Jake Day, Chantel Hallam.

This exhibition is the outcome of the QCA In-Field Documentary Project, one of the Global Mobility international programs of the Bachelor of Photography. Dr Heather Faulkner, Dr Kelly McIlvenny and Nobel-Prize co-laureate (Ottawa Treaty 1997) John Rodsted lead this fifth iteration of the in-field documentary course in Cambodia.

Students from the Bachelor of Photography, the Bachelor of Journalism and the Griffith Film School worked with local NGOs and their beneficiaries to uncover the stories of every-day Cambodians, producing photo stories and short documentary films. The three-week in-field course was conducted in Cambodia in January, 2018.

Past exhibition November 2017 – March 2018

Work by Jessica Byrne

Jessica Byrne

Bachelor of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Sculpture

The VANarty Chair, IVy? and Mockelier

Mixed media sculpture installation

Jessica Byrne creates multimedia sculptures and installations from found and refurbished objects. Byrne’s work references the place where the material was collected from, either physically or socially. By exploring her local environments and emulating them into physical objects, Byrne engages with social themes that effect the body and identity.

Work by Jessica Dinsdale

Jessica Dinsdale

Bachelor of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Sculpture

Tree Weave

Jute, string and charcoal

Jessica Dinsdale’s practice is centred on drawing, and incorporates various media such as ink, charcoal, jute and string to explore new dimensions within her work. Dinsdale is interested in connecting the materials of man with the natural world, by exploring the physical and psychical nature of our experience.

Work by Ronda Sharpe

Ronda Sharpe

Bachelor of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Sculpture

Everything is Connected

Woven baskets: data cables, wire, ochre and bond crete

Ronda Sharpe is an environmental artist who promotes awareness of waste in our ecosystem by creating artworks made from reusable everyday mediums that are considered trash. Sharpe’s woven baskets represent the connection between ancient Indigenous women’s cultural practices and our current fast-paced lifestyle and use of high technology.

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