Student design is a winner for the Arts Vs Science Festival!

Published 16 July 2018
Charly Crossing with 2018 Arts vs Science Festival poster Southern Cross University digital media and communications student Charly Crossing with her winning Arts Vs Science Festival 2018 poster design.

The Arts Vs Science Festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers' leading education, research and action institutions for Lismore’s big National Science Week event in August.

Arts vs Science 2018 poster by Charly Crossing
Arts Vs Science Festival 2018 poster.

Eighty colourful posters, created by Southern Cross University design students, have wowed Festival organisers, the Northern Rivers Science Hub. One eye-catching design was chosen as the official event poster.

Southern Cross student Charly Crossing (pictured), studying in her first year of digital media and communications, responded to the news enthusiastically.

“I am local. I was born in Lismore and have lived in the area my whole life. This was a fantastic hands-on assignment. Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the Festival!” Charly said when the announcement was made today at The Quad, Lismore's creative playground.

Southern Cross University lecturers Dr Louise Kolff and Kurtis Adamson said the real world design brief, promoted on Southern Cross University’s project notice board Live Ideas, was a great opportunity for the students.

“The Arts Vs Science poster brief provided the perfect opportunity for students to think creatively, and put into practice the many aspects of design discussed in class,” said Dr Kolff, a visual communication lecturer.

“Students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.”

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festival on Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallery's event space.


Have you ever seen the moonrise at 11 o'clock in the morning?

The Arts Vs Science Festival on Saturday August 18 is Lismore’s own petri dish of creative exploration, its paint palette of scientific discovery. One highlight, ‘Science on the Green’ features activities for all ages, like daytime astronomy where you can see the moonrise at 11 o'clock in the morning through a telescope. There will be waste science, water science, installations and exhibitions from some of the region’s foremost artists, and an ideas market.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the Arts Vs Science Festival  offers something for everyone. Come discover a world where art meets science! 

The full program will be released soon.

All Arts Vs Science Festival activities are free due to the generosity of the Northern Rivers Science Hub partners; The Quad partnership between Lismore City Council and Southern Cross University; and the ongoing sponsorship of the Australian Government through its Inspiring Australia program.

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