XIX Senior Art Exhibition
Twenty two students from Years 10, 11 and 12 exhibited their artwork in the Beth Hulme Gallery, Fitzroy, over 3 days last week. The exhibition gives willing students an opportunity to show their ideas and skills in a public arena, just like artists do, rather than in the confines of school or just before their families.
The exhibition, named XIX (19), was opened officially on Friday night by past student, Tegan Iversen (SSC 2011), artist and illustrator. She undertook 3 Folio subjects (Art, Studio Arts and Visual Communication) in VCE, and studied Fine Arts at the VCA. Here is some of what she told the crowd,
“The Strathmore school exhibition was the first art exhibition I ever participated in and the first time I sold an artwork, and not just to my mum (which is always nice by the way), but to someone I didn't know, which was super exciting!
A main thing I learnt with studying art is to really take advantage of all the materials and equipment you have available to you, use clay, oil paint and constantly borrow those fancy school cameras, really make the most of it whilst it's so easily available. Also really go out of your comfort zone and experiment, make giant, messy works while you have the space and time!
With doing creative work, you get out as much as you are willing to put in. It takes courage to show something you've made, so be proud and exhibit as much as you can.
Also having an online presence is really important; get on Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook. I've had so many people contact me from seeing my work on Instagram, which has then led to commission work and showing in exhibitions.
Again, with pursuing a career in art you really have to be committed (such as working towards an exhibition like this one and studying a folio subject), it also takes a lot of self-motivation. I remember at Strathmore spending lunch times in the art room, making things and drawing on the light box. You have to really love what you do.
The last main one is to really support one another. It's really fun being in exhibitions with your friends, so help each other out. Also a supportive family definitely helps: it's really great seeing such a community here tonight, supporting one another, it's really encouraging! Again congrats on an amazing exhibition!”
The exhibition included a wonderful variety of paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints and drawings beautifully displayed in the white environment of the gallery.
Many thanks to Liam Martin for designing the invitation, to Ann Randles for assisting with the installation, Elise Smith for entertaining us with her singing, and finally to Beth Hulme herself for accepting our exhibition into her lovely gallery again.
We look forward to seeing you at our 20th exhibition next year!
on behalf of the Visual Arts Faculty