Our Queensland College of Art (QCA) students, staff and alumni have continued to push the boundaries of art and design throughout this challenging year and we are proud to showcase their innovative spirit and successes.

In March of this year I was honoured and excited to become the first female Director of QCA–a landmark that acknowledges the significant contribution of all the women who have studied and worked at the College over its long history.

We have seen impressive examples of ingenuity and resilience over the past months as QCA has adapted and risen to the challenges of the pandemic.

In the last weeks of March staff and students quickly–and with an exemplary ‘can-do’ attitude–transitioned to delivering classes online. Courses across a broad range of areas, from painting to 3D printing, were cleverly adapted to remote learning. How much the students achieved can be seen in online exhibitions such as Observation and Speculation or in #QCAatHome.

Amidst this upheaval we were very fortunate to welcome three new staff members to QCA–Associate Professor Katja Fleischmann, Dr Tanja Beer and Dr Vincent Moug–who will greatly enrich one of the strongest and longest running Design programs in the country.

The QCA Galleries have recently returned to physical exhibitions and Griffith University Art Museum will re-open its doors with a survey show Elizabeth Newman: Is that a ‘No’?.

Next year QCA will celebrate its 140th year anniversary–falling at a pivotal moment in human history. I look forward to celebrating with you QCA’s past, as we also look forward to its future.

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Professor Elisabeth Findlay
Director, Queensland College of Art (QCA)
Griffith University