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Capturing the beauty of the Japanese Garden

Established, emerging and student artists brush up on their skills

Thousands of people visiting the Japanese Garden at the University of Southern Queensland over the weekend not only took in the beautiful surroundings, but also saw artists at work.

Internationally-acclaimed artist Dr David Hinchliffe brought the colours of the renowned garden alive, one brushstroke at a time, as part of the University-hosted artistry event Creating in the Park celebrating the 2021 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The University of Southern Queensland honorary doctorate recipient was joined by 17 other established, emerging and student artists.

“The Japanese Garden is very special to me,” Dr Hinchliffe said.

“I attended the university when the garden was first constructed, and it was wonderful to see how it has matured.

“It was lovely to see the involvement of artists from a range of disciplines, and the local community who came to visit us.

“I would love for it to be an annual event.”

The event, hosted by University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and art curator, Brodie Taylor, aimed to bring together the arts community and the University in a unique and innovative way.

“It was a beautiful and very successful day in the Japanese Garden as artists chose different places around the grounds to work on their art,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“While we were creating, visitors would walk by and comment or ask questions, and the artists were sharing feedback as well. It was a collaborative and immersive experience.

“The artists involved work across a wide variety of genres including photography, pen, ink, water colour and acrylic painting, and the end results were truly remarkable in showcasing different interpretations of the Japanese Garden.”

The finished creations will feature in an exhibition at the University of Southern Queensland’s new Art Gallery and function space next year.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie with Dr David Hinchliffe and his painting at the Japanese Garden.