Blog post by Linda Edgerton.
For the past six years the Geelong Art Society has sponsored the VCE Students’ Art Exhibition at the Shearers Arms Gallery to showcase and encourage the young artists of the Geelong region. The 2014 show features the works of over 50 students from Geelong schools, from Lara to the Surf Coast.
The exhibition is supported by the City of Greater Geelong’s Community Arts Grant Program and is organised by Michele Karakasch and artist Jacinta Leitch of the Geelong Art Society.
“From our first show with five schools, to now having 20 schools participating, the VCE exhibition has grown in recognition and popularity. We love being able to give emerging artists an opportunity to have their work exhibited and seen by hundreds,” Leitch says.
A selection of student folios also on display in the exhibition give a fascinating insight into the creativity and immense effort that goes into each of the final artworks on show.
The Geelong VCE Students’ Art Exhibition awards prizes and certificates for outstanding work and provides the opportunity for the prize winners to return the following year to run their own exhibition at the Shearers Arms Gallery with the support and guidance of the gallery’s curators.
Through their involvement in this show, the students learn what’s required to set up and display their work in a public place. They are mentored by established artists from the Geelong region and gain an insight into how to promote their work on a professional level. The students can include this exhibition experience in their applications to future tertiary education in the arts.
Congratulations to the students who were selected to exhibit in the show and those who won an award.
2014 award winners
The Geelong Art Society Bruno Callori Emerging Artist Award was presented to Jake Hunwick from Surf Coast Secondary College. Using charcoal on paper to create Bagua-Taiji- Xing Yi, Jake explored the energy of Yin and Yang and produced a balanced work that engages the audience to reflect on internal nature and struggle.
Jake Hunwick, Surf Coast Secondary College, with his work Bagua-Taiji- Xing Yi, charcoal on paper. Photo: Joshua De Hoog.
The Most Outstanding Exhibit was awarded to Isobel McVilly of Sacred Heart College for her coloured pencil self portrait.
Outstanding Exhibit awards were presented to:
- Emma Vecoli, Sacred Heart College
- Jake Hunwick, Surf Coast Secondary College
- Pru Illingworth, Geelong Grammar
- Jades Feakes, Oberon High School
- Rebecca Chapman, Kardinia International College
- Brody Webb, Surf Coast Secondary College
- Riley Sherman, Saint Josephs College
- Georgia Blood, Geelong College
- Martha Dawson, Christian College
The judges were local artists Lianne Gough and Ren Inei (Director of Boom Gallery).