The University of Newcastle’s prestigious Alumni Awards celebrates the boundless achievements of our outstanding alumni from around the world.
Since 1975, our annual Alumni Awards have celebrated the most outstanding and high achieving of our alumni, recognising alumni who have significantly contributed to their communities and professions.
Acknowledge the greatness of our alumni with an Alumni Award. Nominations for the next Alumni Awards open later this year. See our award categories below, so that you are ready to nominate for the 2020 awards.
‘Boundless’ artwork by alumnus Brett Piva
Special thanks to Brett Piva, for his support in designing the theme for this year’s 2019 Alumni Awards. A contemporary artist and curator based in Newcastle, Brett completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle in 2004.
Brett’s beginnings started in a rural setting near the Murrumbidgee River in NSW, Australia. Relocating to an urban environment, his affection for ‘The Australian Bush’ grows stronger by the day. Brett develops natural patterns and lines within his work that are found whilst adventuring in drier Australian bush climates and within forestries that strongly benefit from rainfall along the coast.
Brett uses abstract reverse painting techniques with gold leaf and enamel on glass within paintings, timber and glass sculptural pieces, along with large-scale murals. His work speaks to the duality between the patterns encountered in our natural environment, and a seemingly more familiar urban landscape. It invites viewers to consider their present existence within their beautiful natural surrounds.
Brett has exhibited works in many group shows and solo exhibitions in Australia and abroad, and we are honoured to be showcasing his work as part of the University of Newcastle’s 2019 Alumni Awards.