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Creating in the Park

Internationally-acclaimed artist David Hinchliffe will bring the colours of the Japanese Garden alive this weekend as part of artistry event Creating in the Park.

In celebration of the 2021 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, University of Southern Queensland honorary doctorate recipient Dr David Hinchliffe will lead a small group of established, emerging and student artists in capturing the beauty of the grounds.

On the guest list are students from Fairholme College, Harristown State High School and the University of Southern Queensland, as well as leading local artists.

Hosted by University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and the University’s art curator, Brodie Taylor, the event aims to shine a light on local creatives.

“We have chosen artists working across a wide variety of genres, including photography, sculpture, pen and ink, water colour and acrylic painting,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Through these different mediums, we hope to showcase the diversity of talent and interpretation of this very special place.

“The finished pieces will feature in an exhibition next year at the University of Southern Queensland’s new Art Gallery and function space which is opening in Toowoomba later this year."

Professor Mackenzie said the display was yet another example of the University’s commitment to art education.

“We have a proven reputation in nurturing generations of successful creatives through our arts programs, which includes our Bachelor of Visual Arts,” she said.

“We are expecting to see a lot of people at the Japanese and Gumbi Gumbi Gardens with Carnival this weekend, and our event provides a great opportunity to watch different artists at work."

Dr Hinchliffe, renowned painter and former student of the University, returns to the campus following his honorary award (Doctor of Letters) in August.

He has tutored at the McGregor Creative Arts Workshops for several years and retains strong ties to the Darling Downs.

Members of the public are welcome to watch the artists at work in the Japanese Garden.

Media call details
(photo, video and interview opportunities):

What: Create with David Hinchliffe 

When: Sunday September 19, from 9am 

Who: Artist David Hinchliffe, University of Southern Queensland's Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie. 

Where: Japanese Garden, USQ Toowoomba campus.

man in the garden with painting
Dr Hinchliffe, renowned painter and former student of the University, returns to the campus following his honorary award (Doctor of Letters) in August.