Celebrating Townsville: the city's visual history drawn from the JCU art collection

Forbes, Amy, and Van Rossum, Adrian (2016) Celebrating Townsville: the city's visual history drawn from the JCU art collection. [Creative Work]

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Abstract

Celebrating Townsville is a documentary film that preserves Townsville's rich art history. Utilising interviews with both pioneer artists and their students who themselves became well-known artists, the film traces the contribution of art education in shaping and nurturing a strong art community in North Queensland.

Research Statement

Research Background This film chronicles the history of the creation of a vibrant art community in Townsville that coincides with the establishment of James Cook University in 1970. Through interviews, the film utilises JCU’s extensive Special Collections in highlighting the role that art education plays in the cultural, social, economic, and political growth of Townsville. The film has been variously displayed at the opening of the JCU Artists Past and Present Exhibition at Umbrella Studios.
Research Contribution As pat of the JCU Library Artists Past and present project, this film captures the thoughts, ideas, voices and images of the artists themselves as they explain their role as art educators in creating the city's current art community. As a As a historical record, the film straddles the past and the present as it traces the connection between teacher and student in art making, and their roles in society.
Research Significance The film has screened at the opening of the larger gallery exhibtion of the JCU Library Past and Present project that contextualised the significant holdings of the university's Special Collection. Over 250 people attended this opening of which 85% were members of the Townsville community. A significant number of other viewers visited the gallery during its almost three-month long run. The film is also available for viewing as part of the Knowledge Creation - New Information Sources collection at JCU Library.
Item ID: 51730
Item Type: Creative Work (Recorded/Rendered Work - Audio/visual recording)
Media of Output: video
Keywords: Townsville art; Townsville artists; T150
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The artists interviewed in this film include Jane Hawkins, Anne Lord, Ron McBurnie, Robert Preston, Anneke Silver and their students Barbara Cheshire, Alison McDonald, Jill O'Sullivan, Sheree Kinlyside, Lucy Smith and Daphne Cazalet. Dr Amy Forbes served as executive producer, scriptwriter and editing and post-production supervisor for this film. She developed the interview questions and coordinated the scheduling of the interviews with allthe artists.

Funders: Townsville City Council T150 Celebrations
Projects and Grants: Townsville City Council
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 09:37
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190102 Art History @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
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