Drawing the Thesis exhibition

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Thursday 5 July 2018 to Wednesday 25 July 2018

The walls of VU at MetroWest will be covered with a PhD thesis, totaling 100,000 words and over 600 original drawings, for a free exhibition by local artist and VU student Debbie Qadri.

Drawing the Thesis shares Debbie's PhD research at VU, exposing the thesis' concept and offering it up as a vision of something that you could see yourself doing.

The thesis focuses on ‘permanent public art made by community members’. It explores the idea of reciprocity towards research participants and broadening research audiences.

Her exhibition is motivated by the idea of sharing research with fellow students at Victoria University and the local community, making it accessible, and subsequently demystifying the thesis.

Through returning her PhD to the community and exposing the thesis, Debbie attempts to break down the cultural barriers which prevent people from considering themselves as university students.

About the artist

Debbie Qadri is a Melbourne-based community artist who works with schools, community groups and councils. She has a Master of Arts in Public Space that has informed many projects where personal voices are inserted into public spaces.

A conversation about ‘visual thinking’ - presentation & workshop

Saturday 21 July, 11am - 1pm

Cost: free

This short presentation and workshop explores how visual thinking can be used to record and share ideas. Attendees will engage in short activities that allow exploration of their own visual thinking. The session concludes with participants presenting their own drawings.

Lunch is provided.

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Illustration and collage by Debbie Qadri


This event has already taken place.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 July, 6 - 8pm

Exhibition: 5 - 25 July

Presentation & workshop: Saturday 21 July, 11am - 1pm


VU at MetroWest (Footscray) 138 Nicholson Street

Get in touch

Bec Carey-Grieve
Manager, Place and Creative Programs
Victoria University
+61 3 9919 7043