College in full bloom

Written by Zilla Gordon. Posted in Featured News, News, Timeline

The sandstone façade of St Mary’s College’s Convent building has been bathed in yellow by a digital projection to mark Cancer Council Tasmania’s Daffodil Day.

This projection, which displays daffodils swaying across the building, is the second artwork since the introduction of the technology late last year.

Cancer Council Tasmanian CEO Penny Egan paid tribute to the students of St Mary’s College for their contribution on Daffodil Day.

“It’s wonderful to have young people involved in raising awareness about cancer and cancer prevention,” Mrs Egan said.

“Every Tasmanian has a cancer story, therefore many St Marys’ students would have experienced this through their own families or their friends’ families.

“Cancer Council Tasmania really appreciates the support of the school.”

St Mary’s College alumna, cancer researcher and PhD candidate Kelsie Raspin said days like Daffodil Day raise awareness of cancer research.

“I have been working with five Tasmania families and have identified four inherited mutations that are significantly associated with risk of developing prostate cancer in Tasmania.

“A future outcome of my research could be that men with a family history may be screened for the inherited mutation/s at a young age to determine their risk of prostate cancer,” she said.

St Mary’s College Principal Helen Spencer said the College introduced the cutting-edge video-performance software as a tool for collaborative artmaking.

“We have a wonderful backdrop,” she said.

“The Convent is already an eye-catching building and provides the perfect stage to raise awareness for days like Daffodil Day.

“With the Convent now more than 150 years old, there is a lovely juxtaposition between the contemporary artworks and the sandstone building.

“The architect, Henry Hunter, would be astonished,” she said.

Ms Spencer said the College has enjoyed the creative process that comes with the projections – the previous two projects saw students and staff working together and acquire new technology-based skills.

Last year, as part of its 150-year anniversary celebrations, students collaborated with renowned Tasmanian digital artist Cary Littleford on a digital projection that encapsulated the College’s past, present and future.

This technology is still largely unheard-of, with Mr Littleford saying projection art is a relatively new concept in Tasmania.

“St Mary’s College has broken new ground by creating artistic video projections on such a large scale.”

The College will be lit-up again by a digital projection in November for Remembrance Day.

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