Exhibitions at USQ Artsworx

USQ Artsworx presents the USQ Exhibition Series, displayed at the USQ Arts Gallery – Artsworx Building, USQ Toowoomba Campus. The annual exhibition series offers a full annual season of exhibitions, showcasing distinguished artists and specialist exhibitions as well as student work.

The gallery space is open to everyone Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm. For special assistance or enquiries please contact the box office at artsworx@usq.edu.au or on (07) 4631 1111

Explore the 2019 USQ Exhibition Series

Our McGregor Retreat tutors are at the core of McGregor’s success, as they continue to share their knowledge and guidance with any willing student who walks into their studios.

This exhibition puts on display the work of tutors both past and present; celebrating their contributions to their industry as well as our culture and community. Their approaches diverse, their techniques honed and their outcomes stunning, this exhibition is one you won’t want to miss.

Curated by Brodie Taylor and Cassandra Stephen

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 15 Jan.
RSVP’s required please contact the box office: (07) 4631 1111 or boxoffice@usq.edu.au

This amazing exhibition brings together six contemporary female visual artists who have made work from motherhood as part of a practice-led research project by USQ Doctor of Creative Arts candidate Linda Clark.

Embracing Clark’s ‘Mother-Artist Model’ these artists have responded to their own authentic mother-artist experience, within their shifting and complex mother-child interrelationships, as a sustainable approach to contemporary art practice.

Exposing the complexity of being tethered to another through motherhood, the artist’s works create an alternate narrative around birth, caring, communication and child agency.

Featuring artists working in regional settings including Linda Clark (QLD), Rhi Johnson (QLD), Christine Mills-Kelly (QLD), Susan Shantz (Canada), Alex Stalling (QLD) and Joanne Stead (NSW).

Curated by Linda Clark.

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 5 Feb.
RSVP’s required please contact the box office: (07) 4631 1111 or boxoffice@usq.edu.au

The Medicinal Plant Cycles series, with its roots in historical photographic processes and botanical art, focuses on local Australian healing plants from Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island.

By embracing aesthetics, chance and extended periods of time to create the work, the research project draws on natural science and extensive consultations and discussions with members of the Quandamooka community of Minjerribah, and aims to present nature as events, not as static objects; an ongoing cycle of decay and renewal; and to increase awareness of the significance of local Australian flora.

This is a solo show by Renata Buziak – find more about Renata here: renata-buziak.com/about

Image (right): Renata Buziak, Acacia concurrens… anaesthetic… , 2015, Archival pigment on paper.

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 5 Mar.
RSVP’s required please contact the box office: (07) 4631 1111 or boxoffice@usq.edu.au

 Created by Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton, in this exhibition Doud and Charlton employ a bricolage aesthetic as they go culturally drifting, borrowing images in an economy of meaning outside their original cultural reference.

Charlton presents work inspired by the African masks she uses in her large-scale drawings and collages. She expands her intersecting interests in cultural identity, race, commodity and cultural tokenism, with a critical, yet humorous approach to her subject: collectable African statues and African masks. Collectors of these objects span multiple racial identities and economies.

Formally, Doud’s paintings present as abstractions. However, these conceptual abstractions address consumerism, of both fashion and high modernist and faux-action painting, economic and social identities, and the absurd mixing of cultural signs. Branding serves as backdrop to a broader discussion of how commodity signifies.

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 2 Apr.
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The School of Arts & Communication, Visual Arts team hold an annual art award for Darling Downs / Southeast Queensland High School art students in years 11 and 12.

Now in its 8th year the annual award and exhibition showcases the diverse, dynamic and emerging professional approaches to art making currently being explored by senior high school students.


The calibre of entrants, who are regionally-based emerging artists creating exciting and innovative art, consistently blows the judging panel away!

Entries into the award are open to any visual art student currently studying year 11 or 12 and submissions are open to any art medium. Entries open in early March – more information will be released shortly.

Further enquires can be directed to jenkins@usq.edu.au

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 30 Apr.

This exhibition is a culmination of three years visual arts studio practice and explanatory research for Artist/Educator Catherine Fisher as part of her Doctor of Creative Arts (Research) at USQ.

An exploration of Postdigital art, Catherine’s work aims to find humanness in the spaces between paint and pixels through challenging the status quo by finding new ways of synthesising and juxtaposing digital and analogue media.

Catherine has championed a return to the hand-crafted and tactile visual arts, encouraging the human touch and artist’s presence the works.

The exhibition features new modes of digital and analogue painting, sculpture video and drawing, combining them with contemporary themes to express inter-connective humanness.

Please note this exhibition will not have an official opening. 

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series devoted to Australian Indigenous art and culture.

The series is curated by Robyn Heckenberg from the College of Indigenous Studies, Education and Research, and David Akenson from the department of Visual Arts at USQ.

Each year the exhibition showcases the talent, knowledge and culture of indigenous artists from our region and beyond.

Taking our cue from the theme of NAIDOC each year, our aim is to encourage engagement with emerging issues and also the perennial concerns of Australia’s First Nations people.

Our want is to engage in dialogue and facilitate the sharing of this rich culture as part of the USQ’s ongoing commitment to reconciliation.

This annual exhibition highlights the art practices of current USQ Visual Arts students (undergraduates and postgraduates).

The exhibition features work from all the practice lead studios where students develop their Visual Art Processes. These are Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Drawing.

For some students, this is their first exhibition within a gallery setting – allowing them to gain industry experience and develop professionally.

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 6 Aug
RSVP’s required please contact the box office: (07) 4631 1111 or boxoffice@usq.edu.au

Professional and amateur shutterbugs from across the nation ‘take a shot’ at sharing more than $8000 in prize money in Heritage Bank’s 31st Annual Photographic Award which culminates with an exhibition of the top 50 images in the USQ Arts Gallery.

The Heritage Bank Photographic Awards are open to all professional and amateur photographers, with a selection of awards recognising emerging talent to be snapped up.

This exhibition is the culmination of Chris Abrahams’ Doctor of Creative Arts candidature which aims to investigate self-portraiture that is based on the experience of embodiment.

Using a variety of media, such as etching, painting, drawing and ceramics to construct a portrait of self, Chris’ interest is not on creating realistic self-portraits, rather on positioning himself as a researching artist focusing on self-portraiture through mark-making.

Focusing on the face, in this body of work, Chris looks to reflect on and explore his sense of self through his studio practice using his body as a tool of representation.

Official opening 5pm, Tuesday 1 Oct
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This much anticipated annual exhibition features work from visual arts students who have completed their studio practice courses and will graduate from undergraduate or postgraduate study in 2019.

The artworks are the result of studio development across the disciplines of Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing.

Each of the emerging artists has rigorously researched their ideas and their projects are the result of their investigations.

Official opening 5pm, Friday 8 Nov
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From dirt roads to rock pools, luscious rain-forests to local festivals, Queensland is a state that inspires exploration. It’s full of diverse personalities, local legends and hidden gems valued by tourists and locals alike. For this exhibition project, artists were asked to embrace a spirit of adventure to discover something unique about their own community or one that they visited within the state.

Curated by Bianca Acimovic, Gallery Director at Rockhampton Art Gallery, the Wanderlust exhibition showcases beautiful 2D, 3D and screen media artworks from the Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards. These treasures come from both award winners and regional Queensland artists offering art of ‘adventurous’ excellence.