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Creativity and entrepreneurship


Dear QUT graduate,


Creativity is at the heart of entrepreneurship and innovation.


QUT Entrepreneurship inspires and amplifies opportunities for students, alumni, and staff to realise their entrepreneurial capabilities. This includes running development programs, providing access to creative precincts and environments, and connecting people with the innovator community to help launch careers, businesses, and new fields of endeavour.


Similarly, by providing innovative education in industry-leading facilities, we are developing leading artists and practitioners in the creative industries. Our alumni community is rich with artists, makers, doers, dreamers, and QUT entrepreneurs turning their ideas into action and creating value for the real world.


Stay up to date with creativity and entrepreneurship news, events, and resources below. 


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News and events


Marie Mortimer. She is wearing a purple top and standing in front of a colourful, pastel-hued abstract artwork.

QUT alumnus and founder of, Marie Mortimer, shares her entrepreneurial journey and how she's championing female founders to make their mark on the world!


> Meet Marie

Ellen Van Neerven. They are wearing a white shirt and navy blazer, standing in front of 3 large windows that look out onto the indistinguishable tops of trees.

From Creative Writing alumnus to award-winning author and editor, Ellen van Neerven has enjoyed a myriad of literary success since graduating from QUT in 2011.


> Discover Ellen's career journey

Film poster for 'Mystery Road'. In the top third of the poster there is a man facing right, looking through the view finder of a gun. In the bottom third there is a different man facing left, looking through the view finder of a gun. In the middle, the words 'Mystery Road' are placed above an arrow sign that is pointing right.

The Australian film industry is in the middle of a renaissance. QUT researcher, Mark Ryan, argues why the current boom in genre film making shows no sign of slowing down.


> Read more

Briony Benjamin. She is wearing a purple and blue floral-patterned top and sitting in a casual pose against a textured concrete wall

Even while battling cancer, alumnus and media dynamo, Briony Benjamin, made the most of her storytelling and production skills. She hopes her new book can help others.


> See Briony's new book

Indigenous Australia man decorated with white body paint. He is performing a dance. There are 3 other Indigenous men in the background who are also also participating in the dance.

The Cherbourg community has partnered with QUT landscape architecture lecturer and students to design the town’s first community-owned gathering space. 


> Tell me more

Young man traveling in Bangkok, Thailand. He is wearing casual clothes and a backpack. He is walking on a street that is busy with people and tuk tuks.

At 22, Murray Decker packed his bags to go overseas. Ninety countries later, the passionate traveller and QUT Business alumnus founded Tour Amigo.


> Read about his path to success

Now - 11 September 2022

William Robinson: Nocturne

William Robinson's new exhibition, Nocturne, is now on at the William Robinson Gallery located at Gardens Point.


The exhibition of nocturnal works illuminates the artist’s fascination with the shimmering night sky and the sparkling landscape sprawling below, highlighting his signature multi-point perspective from the vantage point of the twilight hours. 

A painting with two figures in the centre - a man wearing a hat, and a woman - shown from behind, from the bust upwards. They are cradling their necks back and looking upwards, so their faces appear upside down. To the left of the man is a brown horse, shown from the neck upwards. The figures are encircled by a dark blue orb scattered with stars, which could be the sky or the reflection of the sky in a body of water. Across the top of the painting is a band of dusty pink and orange sky with scattered clouds and some upside down tree tops. Along the bottom of the painting is dense greenery with more upside down trees.

Image: William ROBINSON, ‘Out of the dawn’ (detail) 1987, oil on linen. Collection of Martin and Jan Jorgensen, Brisbane 

A man standing on a low stage and speaking to a small audience. On the stage, there are large red letters spelling 'TEDx' and large white letters spelling 'QUT'

23 October 2021

TEDxQUT 2021: Humanity

This year’s TEDxQUT will celebrate connection, community, inclusivity, and those who bring us closer together in challenging times. Don’t miss our amazing speakers!


Mark it in your calendar, check out the program, and livestream the event. 

9 October 2021 - 27 February 2022

QUT Alumni Triennial: Thinking into Being

Thinking into Being is the fourth in a series of triennial alumni exhibitions.


The exhibition brings together work by QUT graduates from the Schools of Architecture and Built Environment, Creative Practice, and Design, who have become leading creative practitioners both nationally and internationally. 

A blue and white cyanotype print on a square piece of cotton. The imagery in the print is silhouettes of fishing nets, rope, and circular woven objects.

Image: Elisa Jane CARMICHAEL, 'Dabiyil wunjayi (water today)' (detail) 2020, cyanotype on cotton (technical assistance: Renata Buziak). Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

  Abstract dark blue background with digital concept of 'health' depicted by light blue medical icons connected to each other by thin, blue lines creating a web-like pattern.

3 November 2021

Transforming healthcare - the next 10 years

QUT’s Real Health Lecture Series unpacks the latest health issues affecting our communities.


Hear from a panel of industry experts as they discuss the acceleration of Australia’s need for more efficient healthcare services and what needs to be done to navigate this new reality successfully.


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