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Where's Russell: Third year visual arts students

15 Nov - 9 Jan 2017

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday November 15th at 5p.m. sharp

This year’s exhibition of completing students in the Bachelor of Visual Arts at Federation University features the work of eight students who have witnessed the change from Monash University to Federation University.

For the past three years these students have worked assiduously to research and develop a personal visual language which will enable them to make their mark in the visual arts.

In spite of trends which have seen much argument about the relevance of the object in art and the purging of traditional mediums, the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design continues to promote the notion of art as ‘making special’ and remains one of the few art schools in Australia with the facilities to cater for every aspect of the visual arts while still enabling students to make work which is relevant in a contemporary context.

These past three years have seen considerable change for both the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design and the students themselves. Among those changes there has been a University wide review of staffing which resulted in the retirement of the art school’s longest serving employee, Mr Russell Snelton. Russell served the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design as a studio technician for forty years during which time he won the respect and admiration of hundreds of students.

This exhibition acknowledges Russell and the positive impact he has had on the students who have requested that the exhibition be titled “Where’s Russell?” in his honour.