The Geelong VCE art exhibition is over for another year and while the students eagerly await their VCE results, it is worth acknowledging, albeit belatedly, the creativity, time and effort that these young art students invested in their work.
Running for three weeks in November at the Shearers Arms Gallery, the VCE art exhibition saw 43 students from 15 Geelong schools participate in the show which showcases the best three artworks and the best visual art diary from each school. Jacinta Leitch, artist, tutor and assistant secretary of the Geelong Art Society, coordinated the VCE exhibition with GAS secretary Michele Karakasch.
Leitch has been involved in organising the VCE art exhibition for the past four years.
“I am always amazed at the standard and innovation of the students each year and excitedly await the arrival of the art works on delivery day,” Leitch says. “And we love to be able to give the students the space and opportunity to exhibit their work.”
The first exhibition began with five participating schools and it has grown every year – not just in size but in popularity too, with up to five school groups a day coming through the gallery to view the latest exhibition.
The VCE exhibition features awards for outstanding work and this year’s prizes were presented on the opening night by the judges, artist Susan Sutton and jeweller and sculptor Victoria Edgar.
“Having become familiar with VCE arts diversities over recent years, I am amazed and encouraged by the technical and artistic maturity of the young art students,” Sutton says but she admits that it was a difficult task to compare works fairly since they covered so many categories. “For example, the obvious, single, outstanding and intellectually challenging work was the film ‘Phoenix’ which won the top award, without any doubt, but there were other outstanding, mature exhibits in sculpture, installations, jewellery and traditional arts which because of their diversity were hard to compare as one in the same show.”
The works exhibited were from a range of VCE subjects: VCE Art, Studio Art, Visual Communication and Design, Product Design and Technology, and Digital Interactive Media.
Congratulations to the students who were selected to exhibit in the show and those who won an award.
Most Outstanding Exhibit Award
Jacob Plumridge of Covenant College for his film ‘Phoenix’. The film is about the pressures that society puts on youth.
Bruno Callori Encouragement Award (Emerging Artist Award)
Joshua de Hoog of Covenant College for his self portrait I am Mail. Montage of letterbox images used to create a self-portrait. (A post about this work is here.)
Outstanding Exhibit Awards
Rebecca Headlam of Christian College for Wearable art and sculptured mobile on mannequin. This piece was made up from dyed silk, organza, acetate, twisted willow, rusted wire and sculpted skeleton.
Sarah Cielesh of Geelong College for Angel Wings Jewellery Set. Hand made sterling silver and garnet jewellery items set in a hand made box of American Black Cherry wood.
Alice Moran of Kardinia College for The Crowd. Photographed images on perspex.
Laura Schofield of Oberon High School for Untitled. Set of digital inkjet prints.
Kaw Doh Soe Naw Nyo of North Geelong High School for Untitled. Mixed media work on stretched canvas.
Tom Benstead of Belmont High for Bird Man. Lino print.
Kellie Bartle of Newcombe Secondary College for Contemplate. Graphite pencil image on cartridge paper.
Highly Commended Award
Joshua de Hoog of Covenant College for I am Mail. Montage of letterbox images used to create a self-portrait.
Charles Corby of Kardinia College for Loss of Innocence. Chocolate sculpture.
Olivia Billows of Belmont High School for The Tree Dress. Wearable art.
Ellen Hickman of Matthew Flinders College for Blossoming V. Mixed media work.