Best in show: graduate round-up 2017


Graduate exhibitions are a heady mix of celebration and contemporary art perusing. An opportunity for students to present their work to the public (sometimes for the first time), they also mark a point of transition. With a concentration of fresh art on view, it’s a great opportunity for visitors to gauge current trends in emerging art practice, often in the raw location of the artist’s studio. More often than not the work is for sale, so they are also an excellent place to pick up art at a low price point. To help plan your viewing we’ve created a list of upcoming graduate exhibitions from around Australia.


National Art School Graduate Exhibition 
Opening: Thursday 30 November 6–10pm
Exhibition and Open Studios: 1–10 December 11am–5pm
NAS Gallery
National Art School Gallery
Forbes Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Murat Urlali, wattles and waratah 2017, oil, acrylic, enamel, rhinestones, and gold leaf on wood panel
Murat Urlali, wattles and waratah, 2017, oil, acrylic, enamel, rhinestones, and gold leaf on wood panel. On display at the National Art School Graduate show 2017.

2017 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show 
Opening: Tuesday 21 November 6–9pm
Exhibition: 22–26 November
Open Monday through Friday 11am–5pm Saturday and Sunday 11am–4pm
SCA Galleries
Sydney College of the Arts
The University of Sydney
Kirkbride Way, off Park Drive
Lilyfield, NSW (enter opposite Cecily Street)

SCA December HDR examination exhibition
Opening: Thursday 7 December 6–8pm
Exhibition: Friday 8 December 11am–5pm and Saturday 9 December 11am–4pm
SCA Galleries 
Sydney College of the Arts
The University of Sydney
Kirkbride Way, off Park Drive
Lilyfield, NSW (enter opposite Cecily Street)

UNSW Art & Design ANNUAL 17 Graduate Exhibition
Opening: Tuesday 28 November 5–9pm 
Exhibition: 28 November–7 December
UNSW Art & Design
UNSW Galleries, Australian Design Centre, Kudos Gallery, Black Box and AD Space

Cnr Oxford St and Greens Rd Paddington NSW 2021

UTS Photography Exhibition
Come on in, the water’s just fine
Opening: Thursday 30 November 6–9pm
Exhibition: 30 November–2 December

UTS Photography Honours Exhibition
Opening: Wednesday 6 December 6–9pm
Exhibition: 6–9 December
UTS Gallery
Building 1 UTS Tower
15 Broadway & Building 6 DAB
702 Harris St


VCA Art Graduate Exhibition

Opening: Monday 20 November 6pm–8pm
Exhibition: 21–26 November
Open daily 12pm–5pm
Margaret Lawrence Gallery
40 Dodds Street
Southbank VIC 3006

VCA Art Masters Exhibition
Opening: Monday 4 December 6pm–8pm
Exhibition: 5–10 December
Open daily 12pm–5pm
Margaret Lawrence Gallery and VCA Art Studios

Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 11.25.27 AM
Anna Dunnill, To pierce, to puncture, 2017, video still. On display at the Victorian College of the Arts Graduation show 2017.

MADA Now 2017
Invitation only
Exhibition: 17–25 November
Open Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm
Saturday 12–5pm
Monash University
Art Design & Architecture
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East VIC 3145

RMIT (Fine Art) & Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition 
Opening: Wednesday 23 November 6–9pm
Exhibition: 23 November–1 December
Open Monday through Friday 10am–4pm Saturday 12–4pm
RMIT Buildings 2 and 4 (Bowen Street off La Trobe St, Melbourne) and PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM (RMIT Building 94, Level 2, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton)

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition Exhibition
Opening: Wednesday 22 November 5.30pm–7.30pm
Exhibition: 23 November–1 December
Open Monday through Friday 10am–4pm
RMIT Building 94, Level 6, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton

RMIT School of Art Masters and Honours Graduate Exhibitions
Opening: Thursday 7 December 6-9pm
Exhibition: 8 December to 15 December 2017
Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday (9 Dec) 12-4pm
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) at RMIT Building 2 (lv 2, 3 and 4) and Building 4 (lv 2, 3 and 4), Bowen St (off La Trobe St), Melbourne
Master of Fine Art at RMIT Building 2 (lv 3), Bowen St (off La Trobe St), Melbourne
Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at PROJECT SPACE / SPARE ROOM in RMIT Building 94 (lv 2), 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton, VIC and at LIGHTSCAPES in Knox Pl, Melbourne Central (off Swanston St), Melbourne


On Sight: Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition Showcase
Opening: Wednesday 15 November 6–8pm
Exhibition Dates: 13–18 November
Open daily 10am–4pm
Z11, Z12, Z13 | QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Cnr Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

QCA Honours
Opening: 16 November 5.30pm–9pm
Exhibition: 13–17 November
South Bank campus
QCA South Bank campus
226 Grey Street
South Brisbane


Curtain University Art Degree Show 
Opening: Friday 2 December 6pm–9pm
 3–6 December
Open 10am–4 pm
Curtin University
Building 202 (and courtyard)
Manning Road Entrance

Edith Cowan University: Artshum 2017
Opening: Thursday 30 November 6–9pm
Exhibition: 1–14 December
ECU Mount Lawley Campus
2 Bradford Street
Mount Lawley WA 6050

Work by Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, (Fashion) students D’arcy Coad and Genevieve Page. On display at the Edith Cowan University Graduate Exhibition.


ANU: 2017 Graduating Exhibition
Opening: Friday November 27, 6-8pm
ANU School of Art & Design
2 Childers St
Acton ACT 2601


Adelaide Central Art School: 2017 Graduate Exhibition 
Opening: Saturday 9 December 4–6pm
Exhibition: 9–22 December
Adelaide Central Gallery
7 Mulberry Rd
Glenside SA 5065

UNISA: Visual Arts Honours Exhibition 
Exhibition: 5–15 December
SASA Gallery 
Art, Architecture & Design
Level 2, Kaurna Building, City West Campus, UNISA
Cnr Fenn Place & Hindley Street, Adelaide


UTAS: School of Creative Arts (SOCA) Graduate Exhibition
Opening: Friday 10 November
BFA Honours and Master of Fine Art and Design
4.30pm Plimsoll Gallery
Undergraduate 3rd year majors
5.30pm Centre for the Arts Cafeteria
Exhibition continues until:
19 November for BFA Honours and Master of Fine Art and Design
26 November for Undergraduate 3rd year majors
Open daily 10 am–4.45pm
School of Creative Arts and Plimsoll Gallery

Preview Words by Zara Sigglekow