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The Power of Illustration: A Legacy for the Future

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Published November 8th 2017
South Australia's talented illustrators on display
What do you think of when you hear the word 'illustration'?

Is it the 'how-to' diagrams of instruction for a new toy? Is it the beautiful artworks that adorn your favourite picture book from childhood? Or body art? Or advertising illustrations on television or scattered through your magazines? Cartoons, animation? The list is endless . . .

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Amanda Graham's (Bachelor of Design Illustration) Wombat from Kelly Hibbert's book 'Fancy Pants

For the first time in forty years, the alumni of the UniSA Illustration program will collectively exhibit their work, and show the diversity of the field.

The original program was established by George Tetlow and John Siow – they were the first lecturers and the exhibition features some of their work.

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Nahum Ziersch - Scirocco R for Volkswagen Magazine

The Power of Illustration: a Legacy for the Future celebrates the contribution of staff and alumni to the diverse practice of illustration. It also documents the immense impact of their work on innovation, culture and commerce – on a national and international scale. We see everything from picture books to stage installations, body art to environmental design, branding, to animation and motion graphics.

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Dan Withey's (Bachelor of Visual Communication (Illustration Design) 'Reality'

Illustration is highly visible – we see it at the supermarket, in the books we read and the movies we watch. It influences our choices in many fields – what we wear, what we eat and drink . . .

Yet, it is somewhat of a silent partner.

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World of Wearable Art set (featuring the Tre-Belle Opera Singers of Wellington, New Zealand) by Stuart McLachlan

This exhibition, in part, aims to highlight this 'invisible' impact and to expose the hidden talents of this industry sector. It is the brainchild of Rita Siow, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the UniSA School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Rita says 'The economic and social impact of illustration as a practise is not readily measured, and illustrators often have to walk the tightrope of commercialism and artistic pursuit. Are they commercial artists? Is Illustration Commercial Art?'

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Mural by Sarah Boese

Her Co-curator, David Blaiklock, Lecturer in charge of Illustration at UniSA, has recently gained approval to launch Australia's first Illustration and Animation Degree programme in 2018.

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Figaro-Pho, ABC TV, created by Luke Jurevicius

The Power of Illustration: a Legacy for the Future provides not only an excellent (and timely) vehicle by which to promote the broad field of illustration, but also the new program.

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Donna Gynell's collage from Jayne Dances' book 'Dancing with Ruby'

The Power of Illustration: a Legacy for the Future is on show at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre's Kerry Packer Civic Gallery until Friday 1 December. The Gallery is open 9am – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and until 7pm on Thursday. It's on Level 3 of the Hawke Building, City West Campus of the University of SA.
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Why? Explore the wonderful world of illustration through this fabulous exhibition.
When: Monday - Friday until 1 December
Phone: 8302 6611
Where: Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Level 3 of the Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of SA
Cost: Free
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