Accolades for visual arts researchers

Published: Monday 31st October 2016

Congratulations goes to Dr Catherine Bell and Elvis Richardson, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design lecturers on St Patrick’s campus, Melbourne who have recently received professional recognition for their contribution to visual arts research.

Dr Catherine Bell has been recently awarded a $15,000 City of Melbourne Grant. This funding will support a community engagement project she will facilitate as part of a 2016-17 artist residency at St Vincent's Hospital. The collaborative artworks, co-created with medical professionals, will elicit dialogue about how objects and images impact on people’s ideas about death. The creative outcome will be exhibited at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2017.

Dr Bell said: “ACU has a commitment to serving the caring enterprise comprised by Catholic health institutions. This grant demonstrates how my community art projects have developed into a sustained creative partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital. This funding recognises that socially-engaged artwork has substantial community impact.”

Elvis was honoured to attend the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (AQUADS) Annual Conference at Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology where she received the inaugural AQUADS Innovative Research Award for her ground-breaking, Carruthers Art Foundation and NAVA funded

Elvis said: “This is an encouraging indication of the important work being done on the representation of women in the visual arts. I am thrilled to be at the forefront of this necessary research. I will use my award money towards the next stage of the countess project”. Elvis’ artwork series “Femmo”, has also received second place for the Freemantle Art Prize, a National Print Award and exhibition held at the Freemantle Art Centre on display until 12 November.

The National Head of Arts Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje commented: "The School has achieved some very impressive external recognition in creative-led research in recent times and this momentum is timely with our new Masters of Creative Practice set to be introduced in 2018."