The Queensland College of Art Graduate Exhibitions are essential viewing for art lovers looking for the “next big thing” and the doors will be thrown open to the public at the Queensland College of Art (QCA) this week for a showcase of work by final-year students.

The annual exhibition will take over the South Bank and Gold Coast campuses and feature the work of graduating students from Fine Art, Photography, Design and Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.

Many of the works will be for sale, helping to kick-start the careers of emerging artists.

Homegrown talent

Professor Derrick Cherrie

QCA Director, Professor Derrick Cherrie, said the exhibitions were an opportunity for the community to see the talent being nurtured in their hometown.

“The QCA is Australia’s oldest and one of the country’s largest art academies and has produced some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists,” he said.

“The showcase exhibitions are an ideal way to see the many diverse and exciting art forms the QCA has on offer and the extraordinary work being made here.”

Insights from rising stars

For the first time, the QCA’s South Bank campus will host a day of artist talks and interviews with graduating students on Saturday 2 November from 11am – 3pm.

Members of the public will be able to browse the exhibitions and hear from some of the top graduating students about their work. Students from across all disciplines will guideviewers through the exhibitions and answer questions.

Events will include industry previews, student awards, panel discussions, exhibition displays and more.

The QCA Graduate Exhibitions will be held from 30 October — details of individual shows are available online.

You can also follow the QCA’s talented graduates on Instagram.