Cuts to photography, design and fine arts at Queensland College of Art

Griffith University’s Proposal for workplace change impacting QCA, has been described as ‘A Roadmap to Death of the Arts and Artists.’ ArtsHub takes a look at the proposed cuts, and potential long-term repercussions.

News of cuts to Queensland College of Art (QCA) as part of Griffith University’s Proposal for Workplace Change Roadmap to Sustainability (R2S) were released on 2 November 2020. Since, then over 7,000 student and alumni have objected to the proposal via an online petition.

The plans to cut staff and courses within Fine Arts, Photography and Design could happen as soon as January next year, targeting in particular studio-based learning. The Proposal plans to:

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina