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High schoolers make uni colourful to celebrate 50 years

More than 81 local high school students have collaborated in a community art project with CQUnivesrity to celebrate the institution’s 50 year anniversary.

More than 200 ceramic tiles have been painted as part of the project, which was initiated by local Design and Architecture business owner Colin Strydon. Ceramic tiles were chosen as the medium to be painted and the tiles were then used as a pixel to create an image.

Associate Vice-Chancellor Ms Kim Harrington said the collaborative project saw CQUniversity engage with small business, community and engagement groups including the Rockhampton Men’s Shed and the Rockhampton Regional Engagement Committee, secondary schools and the Rockhampton Regional Council.

“The artwork has involved many local stakeholders and is one 50th Birthday Anniversary activity that is long-lasting. It will be in our CQUniversity Commercial Centre for all to see for many decades to come.

“It has allowed for two-way engagement and has involved a wide age range of people from youth through to retirees, business people, schools, community associations and current CQU students.”

The project even saw CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman and wife Anita, contribute to the artistry.

The competition culminated on Friday 13 October 2017 with the winners being announced at a celebratory lunch event at the CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus Commercial Centre where the artwork will be unveiled, taking pride of place in the heart of the campus.

Bill Gannon the ‘Canvas on Campus’ artist who has been stroking up masterpieces around the campus including the recent unveiling of the Indigenous Mural, has been instrumental in assisting with the logistics and coordination of the project and will act as one of three judges in the competition.

Bill was joined on the judging panel by Colin Strydon and Bianca Acimovic, Director of the Rockhampton Art Gallery. The judging panel looked for the use of design and colour in keeping with the 50 year celebration theme, as well as the use of creativity and innovation in the interpretation of the theme.

First, second, third and several highly commended prizes were awarded at the unveiling ceremony.

Source: CQU

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