Yvette Atkins, White Goods Polystyrene,Acrylic paint, Wood, PVA Dimensions Width149 x 91.5cm

FIN: 2012

Tue 13 Nov 2012 - Thu 14 Feb 2013

Completing Bachelors and Honours students From The Gippsland Centre for Art & Design.

The Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (GCAD) was first established in 1971 as the Gippsland School of Art at the then Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education. Its founding Head, Mr Kees Hos, established it as a multidisciplinary art school based on an unconventional European model. The school became known for its collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice.

When GIAE merged with Monash, Gippsland provided most of the founding Departmental Heads for Monash’s new Faculty of Art and Design and the Faculty adopted GCAD’s thriving Research Masters and PhD programs. In a sense GCAD is the seed from which Monash Art and Design research culture grew to its current leading position.

GCAD is an established and important component of the national and Gippsland arts communities, having trained many leading artists, curators and educators. It offers programs at Bachelors, Honours, Masters and PhD level and its unique distance postgraduate programs reach out to artists across Australia and internationally. Innovative teaching methods include team teaching, the Koorie Cohort of Indigenous researchers, mentor group teaching, a core unit in Australian indigenous Art and Design and distance postgraduate courses.

The Centre continues to attract leading Australian contemporary artists as lecturers and researchers and to offer innovative programs. As part of the Monash Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, GCAD combines a strong sense of community with the rigorous standards of scholarship and discourse for which Monash is known. Students at GCAD learn to take risks, research ambitiously, collaborate and be accountable for their ideas.

This exhibition displayed selected work by students from GCAD’s Honours and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts programs. It included painting, installation, sculpture, photography, indigenous cultural recovery work and printmaking and showcased what Gippsland’s homegrown contemporary artists re thinking. The work is characterised by cross-disciplinarity, improvisation, conceptual rigour and a dedication to material practice.