20 November 2021 - 16 January 2022
Fresh: GV Top Art & Design 2021features artworks and design presentations from talented year 11 and 12 VCE Art, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design students studying across 14 schools in North Central and Hume regions of Victoria in 2020.
Over 40 creative young minds engage with some of the most topical and central issues of our time, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, mental health and wellbeing. Alongside this there are optimistic explorations of fantastical worlds, possible futures and deep examination of personal identity. These diverse themes and issues are captured through a variety of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, digital media, architectural and product design, ceramics and more.
Artworks and design presentations included in the exhibition were selected from submissions by Year 11 and 12 VCE Units One to Four, for the subjects Art, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design.
Artists: Joshua Aquilina, Breanna Arnold, Alexandra Ashburner-Hill, Haylee Banfield, Ashlea Banon, Natalie Beggs, Pristina Briscoe, Claudia Broadhurst, Zoe Büchner, Alainah Bye, Roscoe Caranzo, Natalia Collins, Sara Cope, Alex Dann, Sarah De Castro, Ryerson De Lai, Kallia Eagleton, Taylah Eddy, Max Fensom, Brandon Forrester, Harriet Furphy, Sandec Gladman, Mahalia Hargraves, Kevi Hasankolli, Alexandra Hatty, Tahlia Hexter, Benji Jenkin, Kristopher Joachim, Renee Johnson, Kirsty Jones, Madellyn King, Thomas Loughnan, Francesca Lucot, Ella McIlroy, Maisy Molluso, Tom Nethersole, Muskandeep Powar, Byron Saunders, Mazzlyn Saunders, Matthew Slattery, Mikyla Sutherland, Felicity Symonds, Lisa Thorpe
Selection Judges: David Menzies, National Gallery of Victoria; Jason Phu, artist; and Elizabeth Capp, La Trobe University, Shepparton campus
The 2021 recipients are:
Ceramics: Muskandeep Powar, Greater Shepparton Secondary College
Drawing: Kevi Hasankolli, Greater Shepparton Secondary College
Mixed Media: Harriet Furphy, Geelong Grammar School, Corio
Painting: Breanna Arnold, Galen Catholic College, Wangaratta
Photography and Digital Media: Felicity Symonds, St Mary of the Angels Secondary College, Nathalia
Visual Communication Design: Ashlea Banon, Assumption College, Kilmore
People’s Choice: Alexandra Hatty, Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Shepparton
Jason Phu (b. 1989 Cadi/Sydney; lives and works Naarm/Melbourne) has a multi-disciplinary practice which brings together a wide range of, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings to street art, everyday vernacular to official records, personal narratives to historical events. As a Gertrude Studio Artist he previously collaborated with SAM on Contemporary Art on the Road, a professional development program for art educators and teachers run in partnership with Gertrude Contemporary, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).
Location: Williamson Community Gallery