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Creative arts students take pop-up to TMAG

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Creative Arts students have had the chance to perform as artists and curators with a speedy pop-up exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Student artists had just two hours to install their show Low Expectations before the public arrived for an evening viewing.

The brief was to respond to TMAG’s current exhibition Twist, a collection by Australian and Irish artists exploring Charles Dickens’ themes of crime, punishment and poverty that also featured during Dark Mofo.

“(Twist includes) a lot of different takes and vibes and I think that was similar to how we responded as well,” Bachelor of Fine Arts student Lych Gieseman said.

The exhibition was part of the work-integrated learning unit Making the Event offered during the University’s Winter School.

The unit guides students through the creation of a public creative work, from the planning to delivery, marketing and evaluation stages.

It was all hands on deck as the group of students bumped in at 4pm for a show opening at 6pm. Works ranging from rotating sculptures to soundscapes and video installations were assembled, plugged-in and tested.

Bachelor of Fine Arts student Jake Seabourne responded to the Dickensian theme of exploitation with a video installation.

“It feels amazing. It’s definitely a surreal experience doing it after hours as well. It’s very different to coming in here when it’s alive and bright,” he said.

“It’s given me a glimpse into the real-world application of how to run an event, how to put everything together, proposing the event to the museum as well.”

The exhibition was open for just two hours before being disassembled with equal speed.

“Gaining real-world professional learning experience in real-time is vital to prepare students to engage across a range of arts-related fields once they graduate,” unit coordinator John Vella said.

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