The University of Newcastle is excited to partner with The Big Picture Fest, which is coming to our streets, and your screens, live on the weekend of 2 - 4 October 2020. This major international street art activation will celebrate Newcastle’s history and creative culture, bringing together world class artists to work alongside our amazing local talent on large scale murals in the city.

The University is sponsoring Indigenous artist and alumni Jasmine Miikika Craciun to create a mural as part of this festival. Facilitated through Out(fit), Jasmine is using community consultation with local preschools to help inform her mural design, which will focus on women and children in Newcastle.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership, Nathan Towney, said “to see our graduates go on to work in the creative field and create art that provides the community with a lens into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is something that makes our University extremely proud.”

Brett Piva is another alumni artist who is featured in the festival, alongside the following feature artists:

Fintan Magee, Inari, Brontë Naylor, Ellie Hannon, Vans the Omega, Ian McCallum, Olas One, Tom Henderson, Mitch Revs, Patricia Van Lubeck, Jordan Lucky Artist, and Sophia Flegg.

These activations will be screened live through The Big Picture Fest socials – you can follow this event page to watch.

Masterclass: Creating art for purpose

As part of the University of Newcastle’s partnership with The Big Picture Fest we were honoured to welcome two of our Alumni artists, Jasmine Craciun and Brett Piva to join us for a virtual masterclass on Creating Art for Purpose.

Video: Masterclass: Creating Art for Purpose

The Big Picture Festival 2020

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About our Alumni Artists

Jasmine Craciun

Jasmine Craciun

Jasmine Craciun is a proud Barkindji, Malyangapa woman who’s grown up in Newcastle. Craciun has always had a love of art and design and she graduated with distinction from a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at The University of Newcastle in 2018. Craciun prides herself on designing for today’s diverse audience and understanding what is needed to communicate with unique groups of people. She believes design should be used to enact change.

Brett Piva

Brett Piva

A contemporary artist and curator based in Newcastle, Brett Piva completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle in 2004. Piva’s beginnings started in a rural setting connecting to the Murrumbidgee River. Relocating to an urban environment, his affection for ‘The Australian Bush’ grows stronger by the day. The contrast within the triumph and tragedy of these ever-changing environments are present within Piva’s work. To reflect on these experiences, Piva uses abstract reverse painting techniques with gold leaf and enamel on glass within paintings, timber and glass sculptural pieces along with large scale murals.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.