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Accelerated Arts Education Program showcased

cqu mural Artist in Residence dylan Sarra
A group of local high school students have taken part in an immersive art experience at the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus led by Gooreng Gooreng artist Dylan Sarra. Photo: File

Local high school students are inviting community members to a showcase of artwork they completed as part of the Accelerated Arts Education Program, which is aimed at inspiring creativity and career aspirations for regional students.

The Accelerated Arts Showcase will Celebrate the Power of Creativity as part of the program’s inaugural showcase to be held at the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus on Friday, 3 November.

As part of the showcase, program organisers will also launch the 2024 program which will be open to eligible Years 11 and 12 students in the region, who have an interest in art and who aspire to a career in the creative industries.

The evening will include an exhibition of student printmaking displays, as well as a large-scale mural on the Bundaberg campus, that was completed by students and renowned First Nations artist Dylan Sarra, as part of an artist-in-residence program.

As part of the showcase, students will deliver project presentations to the audience and highlight how the program has helped to further inspire their creativity.

Attendees will also get to hear from an expert panel of practitioners who will challenge existing misconceptions within creative practices and engage a deeper understanding of the true value of arts-based degrees and their significance in shaping our society's future.

Visual artist, Aunty Dr Pamela Croft-Warcon will also deliver a keynote address where she will share her insights and experiences learnt throughout her career.

Project Manager Robert McLellan said that the students were looking forward to sharing their learnings and finished works with guests at the showcase.

“The students have worked hard this semester as part of the Accelerated Arts Education Program but have also learnt a lot and had some great experience thanks to our program mentors who generously provided their time and experiences to program participants,” he said.

“They have worked on several individual projects and have also collaborated on group activities. One of the highlights has been the design and completion of the large kangaroo inspired mural on the Bundaberg campus.”

Mr McLellan said those within the local arts community would especially enjoy the showcase evening and encouraged everyone to secure their spot with limited places available.

The Accelerated Arts Showcase will be held in Building 1 at the CQUniversity Bundaberg campus, University Drive Branyan on Friday, 3 November at 5.30 pm, with doors opening from 5 pm, the event is free to attend with light refreshments included.

Those interested in attending should RSVP via this link or CQUniversity Bundaberg Facebook page.

Enquiries and questions about the event can be directed to

The Wuga Dhulayu Accelerated Arts program is funded by an Australian Government Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost grant and was delivered by CQUniversity Bundaberg with the support and in-kind support of several community and industry partners. 

Bundaberg Regional Council secured the $150,000 Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost grant and partnered with CQUniversity for its delivery.

Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program, administered in Queensland through Flying Arts Alliance.

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