Australia's largest Art & Design grad show launches a new generation

December 08, 2023

Highly Commended Frost* Design Prize. Highly Commended Frost* Design Prize. UNSW launches the next generation of artists, designers, and digital media creators at the A&D Annual 2023. Winner – Frost* Design PrizeJiaying Qian, Bachelor of Design (Honours) is the recipient of the Frost* Design Prize, a newly established prize of a bursary of $3000. Remarking on the winner of the inaugural Frost* Design Prize, Vince Frost, Founder, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, said: “From slime to sublime.

Highly Commended Ross Steele AM Fine Arts Prize. Joshua Chek, I've been there? Yeah you've been there 2022 (detail). Fujifilm pearl photograph mounted on acrylic, 152.4 x 101.6cm (x2). Photo credit: the artist.

Highly Commended Ross Steele AM Fine Arts Prize. Joshua Chek, I've been there? Yeah you've been there 2022 (detail). Fujifilm pearl photograph mounted on acrylic, 152.4 x 101.6cm (x2). Photo credit: the artist.

Highly Commended Frost* Design Prize. Pei Jun Zhang, It's for your own good 2023 (detail). Wool, ceramics and other mixed media. Photo credit: the artist.

Highly Commended Frost* Design Prize. Pei Jun Zhang, It's for your own good 2023 (detail). Wool, ceramics and other mixed media. Photo credit: the artist.

Winner of the Frost* Design Prize. Jiaying Qian, Modina: Co-designing with slime mold and spirulina through speculative wearable bio-facture 2023 (detail). Spirulina biomaterial, TPU tubes, 3D printed resin. Photo credit: the artist.

Winner of the Frost* Design Prize. Jiaying Qian, Modina: Co-designing with slime mold and spirulina through speculative wearable bio-facture 2023 (detail). Spirulina biomaterial, TPU tubes, 3D printed resin. Photo credit: the artist.

UNSW launches the next generation of artists, designers, and digital media creators at the A&D Annual 2023.

The School of Art & Design's showcase of graduate contemporary art and design opened last night at UNSW Paddington Campus. Featuring the work of more than 175 emerging practitioners, the A&D Annual includes interdisciplinary practices across 3D visualisation, animation, ceramics, drawing, experience, furniture, graphics, installation, interaction, jewellery, moving image, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, visual effects, and more.

The A&D Annual is the largest graduate exhibition in Australia, and the works are presented right across the campus, with exhibitions in UNSW Galleries, AD Space, A-Block, and Black Box, alongside a digital showcase online.

Our gallery features some of the evening's prize winners, and the entire exhibition will be open until December 17 (details below).

Director of TWT Property Group and prize sponsor, Gavin Zhang, said of the event: “Nowadays, with AI potentially taking over lots of formulated tasks in the foreseeable future, human creativity has become more important than ever. Every student showing in The Annual represents the most irreplaceable talent in the workforce. Big congratulations to all the graduating artists!”

Winner – TWT Excellence Prize

Vedika Rampal, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) was awarded the 2023 TWT Excellence Prize, which includes a $3000 bursary, a one-year mentorship, and use of studio space at St Leonards Creative Precinct for one year. 

The judges were impressed by the innovative and distinctive visual language expressed in Rampal's work.

“The work is beautifully realised with a strong materiality that cleverly engages with multiple layers of colonial history and critique. Rampal’s work is presented to a very high professional standard, indicative of a thoughtful and committed practitioner with significant potential into the future.”

Pilgrimage 2023 is an installation exploring the creation of ‘art/efacts’ that are separate from culture. The piece uncovers how materials and objects, containing potential histories, resist inscription, plunder and reproduction through fragmentation. Committed to unlearning imperialism, Rampal says she researches the past, “not to possess a nostalgia for lost origins but rather to rupture these fissures within the present moment and create an openness”.

Winner – Frost* Design Prize

Jiaying Qian, Bachelor of Design (Honours) is the recipient of the Frost* Design Prize, a newly established prize of a bursary of $3000.

The winning project Modina 2023 proposes an alternative to the ecologically damaging effects of human-centred design. Jiaying Qian began co-designing with slime mould and spirulina as experiments in the bio-facture of textiles to explore what was possible for a more-than-human design supply chain. “Transforming the supply chain through the inclusion of living organisms in the creation of wearable devices demonstrates one approach to a more habitable future,” says Qian.

Remarking on the winner of the inaugural Frost* Design Prize, Vince Frost, Founder, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, said: “From slime to sublime. Jiaying blew my mind. Co-created with nature and technology. A huge idea beautifully executed.”

Winner – Ross Steele AM Fine Arts Prize

Hamda Al Kuwari, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) winner of the 2023 Ross Steele AM Fine Arts Prize also received a $3000 bursary.

Hamda Al Kuwari’s video installation GutraVerse 2023 is an exploration of self-healing and navigates the ties between cultural identity and growth. Drawing from her Qatari heritage, symbols like the gutra headdress become tools for introspection and resilience. Al Kuwari says, “I reinterpret these symbols to reclaim my narrative, fostering self-awareness and liberation.”

The judges described the winning work as a powerful and elegant depiction of the process of making through un-making.

“The gesture of the unpicking and erasing of the threads of the gutra is a potent manifestation of the artist's questioning of the place of women in Qatari society, and is simultaneously gentle and labour intensive, empowering and melancholy. The video shows us how the symbolism of an object can extend into its afterlife.”

Professor Edward Scheer, Head of School, UNSW School of Art & Design, said the 2023 graduate cohort are a testament to the importance of creativity, technical skill, and resourcefulness.

“The outstanding work they have produced demonstrates the capacity for art and design to impact our world, as they respond to the social, technological, and environmental issues of our time,” said Professor Scheer.

The A&D Annual 2023 is on display at the UNSW Paddington Campus from 6 - 17 December. The exhibition spaces will be open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm. 

The digital showcase of graduate works is also available to view online now.

The source of this news is from University of New South Wales

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