After much anticipation, artists, friends and families of the St Mary’s College community gathered on Friday 13 November to officially open ‘The Exhibition 2020’.
The event was different to previous years given the COVID-19 guidelines we had to follow, but one thing remained the same – the incredible amount of talent the students have.
On behalf of the College, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our artists who took the risk to show their work. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with our community and inspiring us with your vulnerability.
There were more than 200 pieces of work on exhibition, each representing a vision, a challenge and a desire to connect beyond a superficial level. We are proud of all our artists and encourage you to continue to paint, draw, sculpt, photograph and create as much as you can. Most importantly, please continue to share your imagination with us.
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the following students who have achieved excellence in a particular studio area.
Excellence in Art – Bethany Creese
Excellence in New Media Art – Caitlin Grimmett
Excellence in Art – Molly Topham
Excellence in New Media Art – Estelle Bantick
Each year, works from this exhibition are selected for acquisition by the College, which aim to represent the quality and creative talent by our Senior students. One work by each student will be purchased, framed and displayed in the College.
I would like to congratulate the following Level 3 students as our recipients for 2020:
Art Acquisition – Lara Vincent (Year 11)
Digital Art and Media Acquisition – Maddison Lamb (Year 12)
This year, we also awarded the Inaugural Packing Room Prize (a prize of $50 for the artist) to the best entry in The Exhibition as judged by our non-art trained staff who helped hang the entries. It is a tradition that has been a part of major Australian art exhibitions for decades.
The winner of the Packing Room Prize for 2020 was Maddison Lamb.
I would like to formally acknowledge teachers, Emma Havard, Anna Berger and Rebecca French who have generously provided expertise to help guide students in their pursuit of art practice.
I would also like to thank all staff behind the scenes for their support in ensuring ‘The Exhibition’ was able to be held. The list is an incredibly long one, a testament to who we are as a community. It has been a blessing to work with you on this event, I thank you.
And that’s a wrap!
Learning Area Coordinator – Visual Arts