Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Graduate Exhibition 2020

Monash University

Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

Graduate Exhibition 2020

See the next generation of Artists, Designers & Architects

from Monash reveal their creative interpretation of the future

Launching 6pm, 10 December 2020 –

Monash University Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture is internationally acclaimed as a contemporary community of creative thinkers, makers and professional practitioners, renowned for producing graduates whose work inspires and challenges, interrogates and charms in equal measure.

MADA Now is an annual celebration of creativity, problem-solving and the evolution of the next generation, where our faculty transforms into one of Melbourne’s largest galleries to showcase cutting-edge works from over 700 final year artists, designers and architecture.

The Class of 2020 have excelled in a difficult year, responding to the complexity of a changing world with resilience, passion and creative vision.

Presented this year in virtual form, viewers can immerse themselves in all areas of contemporary art, design and architecture and gain a real insight into the minds/hearts/concerns/talents of this emerging creative community and a new wave of innovative responses to global challenges, both large and small.

Students’ achievements will be recognised with a range of faculty and sponsored awards:

  • Outstanding Overall Performance in Bachelor of Architectural Design

  • The Drawing Architecture Prize

  • Hayball Award

  • Urban Planning & Design Award for Outstanding Achievement

  • Brian Davis Highest Achievement Award, Honours in Industrial Design

  • Brian Davis Achievement Award, Honours in Industrial Design

  • Lowensteins Arts Management Award / $2000 + complimentary arts tax consultation and Lowensteins Art Collection tour

  • HS Consortium Acquisition Awards – Up to 10 artwork acquisitions in either painting, drawing or photography

Professor Shane Murray, Faculty Dean says: “We see problem solving as an iterative, multi-dimensional process that takes all the issues and perspectives of a problem and weaves them into a new solution – not simply adopting the first path that presents, but continually interrogating and testing to find the best solution.

“I’m grateful to all of the supporters of our students, and especially this year in these challenging times which have made it even harder to access our facilities to produce prototypes and final works.

“I’m delighted to launch a new group of alumni from Monash University’s Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. I encourage them to go forth with our vision of a creative community that advocates the essential role of creative practice in quality of life and proposes and develops models for future communities that are culturally enriched and environmentally sustainable.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of what has been accomplished this year. We face an uncertain future, adding Covid to existing challenges of climate change, exponential population growth and urbanisation, and technological innovation across the board, and our professions will adapt and transform in response to these big challenges…We need these clever, ambitious creative practitioners from our Faculty to reveal the possibilities for the future.”

2019 Graduate in Masters of Urban Planning and Design at Monash University, Sylvia Tong says of MADA Now:

“[We] presented urban design and economic planning recommendations to capture community value amidst major redevelopments centred around Preston Market, Preston Station, and Bell Station … the experience of exhibiting [and] learning experiences … are still relevant to my work today. [T]he graduate exhibition is an unmissable and important highlight.”

Image credit: A Hormone of Chance, 2019, Alexandra Hobba, Winner of the Lowensteins Arts Management Award 2019

/Public Release.