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School students benefit from creative Widening Participation workshops

Workshops facilitated by QUT Creative Industries has enabled Queensland school students from diverse backgrounds to experience creative approaches to education.

In 2019, two new workshops were introduced for the Creative Industries Faculty’s Widening Participation program, which is part of a larger national initiative.

Design Sustainability focuses on developing solutions for plastics pollution while a photography program uses traditional methods of photographic development with cyanotype, which was trialled with students at Arana Hills and developed by program administrator and photographic artist Julia Scott Green

Photo by Perrin Tarlinton

The cyanotype process produces a cyan blue print, based on two chemicals and is the prototype for what is known as ‘blueprints’ of the last century. 

Students from a range of local schools and homeschooling environments created prints using botanical material which created a negative, when the cyanotype is exposed to the sun. Botanical printmaking was pioneered in the 19th century by the first female photographer, Anna Atkins. 

Students work on the beginning stages of their cyanotype prints

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Photo by Julia Scott Green

The Widening Participation program is designed to encourage school students from low socio-economic backgrounds to aspire to university study.

Since the program’s inception nearly a decade ago, thousands of students have attended creative industries discipline-based workshops in schools in Brisbane’s north. QUT students are trained and paid to deliver the various programs.

Workshops provide school students with hands-on experience of Creative Industries courses – as well as information about careers. 

Learn more about Widening Participation