Recently our Gallery Director Margaret Campbell-Ryder was approached by a group of students from South Bank Griffith University. The students in their final year of a bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design) were given a brief to put a proposal to Red Hill Gallery to create a new space in Brisbane to foster creativity and communication within the Brisbane art world. Our director was delighted to attend this presentation and very impressed with their proposal.
“It was obvious that the students had done their research and had put a lot of time and effort into their proposal. They found a niche market and explored the possibilities of their concept assessing the possible risks and outcomes and I thought they had done a very thorough job. So I take my hat off to you and congratulate you all on a job well done.” Margaret Campbell-Ryder
In October the 2012 Queensland Youth Art Awards were hosted by St Joseph’s Nudgee College. Our director Margaret and gallery artist Starr were thrilled to be invited to judge the selection of the best student artwork from around Brisbane. Starr and Margaret were blown away with the calibre of work and obvious talent of the contestants. The exhibition itself was very stimulating with a range of different media to be judged – paintings, etchings, sculpture, photography, multimedia etc. Congratulations must go to not only the students but the dedicated art teachers for encouraging and fostering such young creative minds and to Gregg Elliot, Head of Visual Art, St Joseph's Nudgee College (link) for an excellent job as curator of the Youth Awards.
Throughout 2012 Red Hill Gallery has followed, supported and even hosted an event for the new University of Queensland Society of Fine Arts (SoFA). The society was started by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic art history students from the University of Queensland and in the short space of a year they have achieved so much! At the recent University of Queensland Student Society Awards Night SoFA took out the “Best new society of 2012” out of a pool of 48+ clubs. This year alone they have successfully held a charity art auction, gallery tours, multiple movie nights, life drawing classes, a formal dinner with an exceptional guest speaker and more recently a panel discussion on future career options and life after University. Being student run and not for profit has meant that the executive committee have had to work tirelessly to make the society work as well as keep up with their studied. They really are an exceptional group of young people who are very passionate about what they do. We are so happy to be a part of such a wonderful organisation and will endeavour to continually support them.