Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m an illustrator and maker, and one of 12 members of the Bloom Graduate Exhibition Committee. As the committee president, I take the responsibility of organising meetings and events, public speaking, scheduling, and making sure we’re meeting our goals. In my personal artwork I draw a lot of inspiration from queer culture, seasonal changes, and my home. My work is often characterised by warm and muted tones, a romanticisation of the mundane, and a handmade quality. I also enjoy crocheting, baking, and listening to audio dramas. You can find me at @acedawndraws on Instagram.
What is the Bloom Graduate Exhibition and why was it created? Can you tell us a little about the goals of the club?
Every year, the graduating students of the Bachelor of Design (Illustration & Animation) host an exhibition to showcase and celebrate all their work, and to make valuable connections with the creative industry. The club was created to let the students gain experience organising an exhibition and promoting themselves, and raise funds for the event, because venue and printing costs are very hard to cover out of an art student cohort’s budget.
Our goals are to represent the hard work and talent of the 2023 cohort, and also to network with the community here at UniSA through our fundraisers as it’s our last year here!
In the lead up to the exhibition we will be holding a variety of fundraisers and attending local events – you can follow along with us by following our Instagram and Facebook pages, and by looking for the sweet posters around campus.
Why do you think this club is important?
Giving young artists a chance to showcase their work before they go out into the world and try to make a name for themselves is incredibly important in our line of work. The fundraising that this club does means that this exhibition is able to go ahead, and it wouldn’t be possible without the incredible efforts of the club committee every year.
What type of fundraising initiatives does the club engage with? Can anyone get involved?
Our fundraising consists predominantly of events like bake sales and movie nights. We will be stalling at Papercuts Comic Festival this year, which we are treating as an opportunity to raise funds for the exhibition by selling our artists work, as well as network. We also have something exciting planned for Halloween this year – keep an eye out for posters this September!
We post about upcoming fundraisers on our Instagram, and have posters up around campus, and anyone is more than welcome to come along to them.
How can students learn more and support the Bloom Graduate Exhibition?
Students can follow us on Instagram @bloomgradshow, and check out our carrd (https://bloomgradshow.carrd.co/) to find out more. We have a gofundme if you are interested in supporting, but the best way to support us is to attend our events!
And, of course, anyone can attend the exhibition! It runs from the 24th of November to the 8th of December, and is a fantastic opportunity to discover emerging artists, and see some amazing art. We hope to see you there!
Join our club: https://usasa.sa.edu.au/clubs/join/illustration/ Instagram: @bloomgradshow