Congratulations to the class of 2015!

The next generation takes on the world

University of South Australia’s biggest round of graduation ceremonies for the year are taking place from 23- 27 March. Among the more than 5300 students graduating in March 2015 is Lucas Croall, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Printmaking).

Well before holding his degree parchment in his hand this printmaker and budding designer had gained valuable experience working with some of Adelaide’s inspiring young creative at the printmaking studio at Tooth and Nail Art Gallery and with James Brown at Mash Design.

“I was quite fortunate to get involved with Mash and I think they’ve influenced me a lot in what I want to do in the future,” says Lucas.

Lucas’ creative talents and entrepreneurial drive have been encouraged by his mother, international documentary festival director and producer, Heather Croall.

Heather is also a graduate of UniSA and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) in 1992. She worked as a documentary film producer based in Adelaide and was director of the Australian International Documentary Conference from 2004-2006. She moved to the UK and ran the Sheffield International Documentary Festival for the past decade. She is in the throes of moving back to Adelaide to take up the reins as Director of the Adelaide Fringe 2016-2018.

Heather’s involvement with the Fringe dates back to the early 1990’s when she worked as a manager at The Star Club and ran the event "Shoot The Fringe" from 1992 to 2004.

“Lucas was a kid who grew up with the Fringe,” says Heather.

“Because of the way my life was, he was often on the road with me travelling to film shoots or being looked after by friends and his grandparents. He created his own world,” she says.

“He used to draw detailed images of dogs, birds, even at age three or four. He was really interested in biology and patterns,” says Heather.

Lucas’ art was also strongly influenced by Heather’s sister, printmaker Fiona Croall, another Visual Arts graduate of UniSA from 1989, who later became a broadcaster at the BBC in London.

Lucas has just launched design label Beyond Killa with Gabriel Cole and Nick Phillips with an exhibition at Created Range in Regent Arcade on 20 March. The Beyond Killa range includes Lucas’ own t-shirt designs (like the one he’s wearing in the picture), art, limited edition streetwear and other merchandise. The group has big plans, starting with a major exhibition later in the year which they hope to tour. They want to build a name in designing interiors and fit outs.

Heather is excited by the resurgence of creativity in food, art and design in Adelaide as the new generation make their own opportunities in artist-run studios and pop-up bars and cafes. She is very much looking forward to putting her stamp on the Fringe. But right now it’s Lucas’ turn to shine.

To the Class of 2015 we say welcome to your Alumni Network. Now that you've graduated from the University of South Australia, a whole world of opportunities is waiting for you. The University's Alumni Network is the key to keep you connected to the University, to your classmates and to our global community. Here's how you can make the most of your alumni network.

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