Little is known about the group of talented students that inhabit the hallways of the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries (QACI). Every year towards the end of the year, QACI holds an event that celebrates the talent of the students in their final year of their International Baccalaureate (IB) schooling. The current Visual Arts showcase allows the public to see into the world of each art student through a formal gallery setting.
The beautifully lit space within the entrance of QACI is separated into a series of cubicles, one per student, to display a collective of their finest work. There are a total of 52 students represented in this year’s cohort, each with outstanding work on display. The diverse outcomes that these students have produced through a range of different technologies and mediums represent the school’s aim to be a world-class learning environment for the aspirational creative generation. There is definitely something to suit everybody’s taste with not only paintings, sculpture and photography, but also fashion, film and installation.
As the gallery is set up to divide each students’ work into their own mini-space, the viewer is confronted with each private world, one at a time. Every time one enters the next space, a new theme and subject matter is brought to the viewer and each body of work is as confronting as the next. Some artists have chosen to look at extreme obscurities in life and others have chosen to delve into their own identity to find some meaning in their own lives. Whatever the young artists have chosen, the work that is produced is nothing short of amazing, below are a few examples. Many of the photos taken are not an accurate representation of some bodies of work as many of these pieces involve an extremely experiential aspect to them.
This is only a small selection from the broad range of student work on offer for viewing at QACI. So if you are a Brisbanite with a thirst for art then head over to the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries.
The exhibition will be open to the public until November 8th. Address for The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries is: 61 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove
WORDS by DENNY DUAN