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May 2006 Issue
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2006 ACU conference


Nobel Laureate presents student art prize

Nobel laureate and University of Adelaide staff member Professor J.M. (John) Coetzee was present on the first day of the University Futures conference to present the winners' prizes in a special visual art exhibition and competition for tertiary student artists from across Australia.

Professor Coetzee, who won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature, is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide's Discipline of English.

He presented the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) prize of $5000 to Adelaide Central School of Art (affiliated with Flinders University) Master's student Lauryn Arnott for her work "Journey Home".

The $3000 University of Adelaide runner-up prize was awarded to La Trobe University PhD student Donna Bailey for "The Ideal".

Thirty-one artworks were selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges from 64 entries. The exhibition - A Place in the World - was shown in Bonython Hall before and during the conference. The People's Choice Award for $500 later went to University of Adelaide student Sarah Minney for her artwork "Five Different Ways to Stitch a Heart".

University of Adelaide Art and Heritage Collections Manager Mirna Heruc said: "Visual arts and other cultural activities with universities play an important role in their interaction with the broader community. Such activities have a significant impact on the social and cultural capital of society. The enthusiasm and variety of artworks is stunning and will give viewers an insight into the way in which we perceive our own place in the world."

Story by Robyn Mills

Professor J.M. (John) Coetzee


Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer   Conference delegates leaving a session in Elder Hall

FOREIGN CHALLENGE... Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer giving his address on "Higher Education: Challenges in a Golden Era" at a gala dinner at the Convention Centre


GLOBAL WARMTH...Conference delegates leaving a session in Elder Hall


DRESSED FOR SUCCESS...Four well-dressed delegates at the Convention Centre gala dinner


LIGHT OF LEARNING...Delegates attending a session in the Napier Building


MAORI SPIRIT...Conference delegates were entertained by some New Zealand vistors as part of the gala dinner at the Convention Centre

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