The Grotto Project

UON students and professionals collaborate on the Central Coast

The Creative and Performing Arts programs at the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campus recently presented an exciting project, designed to get creativity flowing.

Now in its seventh year, The Grotto Project involved students and professional artists engaging in speculative and experimental approaches to art creation, with a public audience.

Starting on the 13th of June, the first event was an exhibition, Play with Colour, curated by Karen Dimmock. The exhibition featured and explored the idea of colour across a variety of artworks presented by a selection of students and professional artists.

An eclectic series of short, innovative performance works developed by undergraduate students was also presented, under the artistic direction of Creative Arts Course Coordinator, Dr. Jocelyn McKinnon.

“The Grotto Project event 2013 was a resounding success with students and professional artists sharing their art and performance works with a public audience. Students commented on how invaluable the experience of working with professional artists was and look forward to applying their new skills in future ventures,” said Dr. McKinnon.

Attracting widespread praise from community members of the audience, professional artists, academics and distinguished guests, the Head of the School of Creative Arts, Professor Richard Vella has requested that The Grotto Project be further developed into a national symposium.

With planning commencing later this year, universities and arts organisations across the country will be invited to the Central Coast campus in 2015 to share and explore innovation in the Creative & Performing Arts. In the interim, Mr. Elio Gatti in his capacity as the Gosford Arts and Cultural Officer has requested that the Central Coast campus become the site for a local arts forum in October this year.

To see more images from The Grotto Project 2013 visit their Facebook page.

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