The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Since 1975, the University of Newcastle’s Alumni Excellence Awards program has recognised innovation, creativity, and the exceptional leadership of alumni who have inspired others through their local, national and international achievements.

In the Awards' 45 year history, the University has recognised over 160 alumni achievers for their professional and personal dedication to making a profound impact on communities worldwide and inspiring the next generation of students.

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards will open early next year. View our Nomination Guidelines and FAQs for more information on our nomination process.

Video: 2019 Alumni Awards

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The Awards acknowledge achievements of extraordinary alumni across a number of categories:

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Feature Alumni Artist - Kiasmin Burrell

Special thanks to Kiasmin Burrell, our feature alumni artist for the 2020 Alumni Excellence Awards.

A contemporary artist based in Newcastle, Kiasmin completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2017. Growing up on a rural property in the Hunter Valley, she has always felt an affinity with the Australian landscape.

Kiasmin primarily uses oil on canvas to depict the atmospheric layering of the world around her on a sensory level. The layers and patterns found in her art demonstrate an intricate understanding of composition and space, at times possessing ethereal qualities.

Her style translates into a variety of different mediums; including swimwear textile design; and large-scale murals which can be seen across the city, brightening our local cafes, bars, hospitals and various other public spaces.

Her featured artwork in this year’s Alumni Excellence Awards, entitled ‘Baby What a Big Surprise’ was created by mixing inks on watercolour paper and watching the ink medium bloom, move and change as it dried; allowing the artist and the materials to be part of the creative process of this work.

We are proud to feature Kiasmin as our alumni artist this year!

Instagram: @kiasmin