Exit makes a grand entrance

After three years of hard slog, students doing the Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University are ready to leave the books behind and launch their careers as fully fledged artists.

Before they go, the students are showcasing the culmination of their intensive study in a special exhibition called Exit 06, which opens this Friday, November 3.

Some, or perhaps all, will eventually become established artists and Exit 06 is the first, and possibly the last, opportunity to see what these stars of the future are creating and take home some original art.

With over 40 graduates and two Honours students taking part, Exit 06 offers a broad and diverse range of artworks and installations to view and ponder. Whether its the cultural aspects of tattooing or an in-depth exploration of lifes biggest philosophical and religious questions, this show serves up plenty of food for thought.

Its our job as teachers to produce thinking people that are engaged in a vigorous and real way with the world theres much more to this exhibition than just painting pretty pictures, said visual arts teacher, John Smith. These students have done extensive research to produce these poetic images, and that research is resonant in the work. Whether youre an art lover, a collector or a potential student, this show will stimulate and intrigue.

Exit 06 is on show in the Next Art Gallery and the visual arts building at Southern Cross University, and full-colour catalogues are available at both venues.

These catalogues provide a comprehensive survey of the exhibition, and are a beautifully produced, lasting reminder of their time at SCU, John said.

Exit 06 will be open every day from 10am-5pm until November 12. There is also a special night viewing on Thursday, November 9, until 8.30pm.

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