ARTIST Geoff Head found inspiration in the most romantic of places.

With Shakespeare's Juliet as his muse and Verona, Italy, his backdrop, Head created Juliet's Window.

The piece is on display at CQUni Creates, which opens today.

The Gladstone-campus exhibition showcases artwork of past and present staff and students.

It celebrates the talents of the TAFE and university communities and follows the merger of the institutions on July 1.

Yesterday Mr Head joined curator Sue Smith in hanging artworks at the marina campus.

"Juliet's Window came from a tourist site which is supposed to be where (Shakespeare's) Juliet lived," he said.

"The busyness and noise reflects the scrawling poetry on the walls of this home," he said.

ON SHOW: CQUniversity today opens its CQUni Creates exhibition. Geoff Head is one of the exhibitors.
ON SHOW: CQUniversity today opens its CQUni Creates exhibition. Geoff Head is one of the exhibitors. Mike Richards

There are 33 works including painting, photography, fashion, digital and mixed media, styled objects, silver smithing and woodcut prints.

Mr Head and Calliope artist Margaret Worthington see the merger of CQUni and TAFE, which brought a range of new artistic disciplines including visual arts, graphic design and multimedia, as a great opportunity for more creative education in Gladstone.

"The Gladstone arts scene is a really exciting place to be, it's certainly got more diverse," Ms Worthington said.

"But I think it's important that people can access education programs to develop their art, rather than just one-off workshops."

CQUni Creates is open from 12-4pm today at Leo Zussino Building, CQUniversity Gladstone, Marina Campus.

The exhibition is closed over the weekend but reopens Monday to Wednesday, 9am-4.45pm.



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