QCA Orientation highlights artistic ties with Asia

Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) is celebrating artistic ties with Asia this month, with a range of activities on offer.

As part of Griffith’s Orientation (O-Week) activities, QCA will continue to explore its creative ties with Asia and highlight the co-operative relationships forged with a number of renowned Asian artists.

During ‘O Week’, QCA will be hosting Indonesian/Australian artist Jumaadi, culminating in a collaborative performance between incoming students and the artist.

Based in based in Sydney and Jogjakarta, Jumaadi’s practice incorporates sculpture, drawing, painting and performance, including traditional wayang shadow puppetry set to gamalan music. He has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally, including the last Moscow Biennale.

Indonesian performance artist Jumaadi presents: Walking Shadow

‘Walking Shadow’ will be presented on the QCA Upper Lawn marquee as part of the QCA Orientation activities for commencing students on Wednesday, 25 February from 12:45pm — 2:45pm. Following on from these workshops, Jumaadi and a select group of incoming and current QCA students will take the performance to the people of Brisbane as part of the BrisAsia Festival in the ’Taste of Asia’ running from 11am — 9pm on Friday, 27 February at Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane. Jumaadi’s performance commences at 7:30pm.

The Woman Who Married The Mountain’, performance (short version) for the Main project of 5th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, 2013, by Jumaadi.

Shandong University of Arts and Griffith University Art Exhibition

An artistic collaboration between Griffith University and China’s Shandong University of Arts is also being celebrated at the Queensland College of Art this month.

The joint exhibition of 80 artworks includes paintings, prints, watercolours and other media, created by staff and postgraduate students from both institutions and is presented as part of the Brisbane City Council BrisAsia Festival.

QCA Senior Lecturer Russell Craig will deliver a talk about the exhibition as part of O-Week activities, on Wednesday, 25 February at 4:30pm. This will be followed by a closing celebration with an address by the Creative Program Producer of the BrisAsia Festival David Gerrand, and QCA Director Professor Paul Cleveland in the QCA Webb and Project Galleries.

A full list of QCA O-Week activities is available from the QCA website.