On Thursday 26th July, St George's Cathedral held its 10th annual St George's Art Awards night. This notable exhibition of student artwork from Year 10 to 12, has become a premier annual event in Western Australian art education. Each year the quality of the student artworks showcased never fails to impress, surprise, inspire and touch Perth audiences.
Opened by The Very Reverend Dr John Shepherd, Dean of Perth, the evening was a formal affair that showcased artwork from a vast array of studio practices including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital art, sculpture, ceramics and textiles from selected Year 10 to Year 12 students from around the state. The artwork featured a vast array of themes, many of which touched on the human state, including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. "Faith in God is expressed most surely in what we do for each other, and the gift of art invites us to contemplate that which is at the heart of our being, to explore the most profound emotions, and to express a sense of transcendence beyond the mundane" said Dr Shepherd.
Once again Kingsway Christian College was thrilled to have two of its talented senior Visual Arts students featured in this significant Perth exhibition. The students were Harmony Hatch in Year 12 and Rachel Oh in Year 11. Harmony was selected to exhibit her textiles; wearable artwork entitled "Bitter Sweet Nostalgia" which made visual reference to the tragic romances of World War One due to the loss of loved ones in battle and a ceramic self-portrait bust, inspired by the work of WA artist Amanda Schelsher. Rachel was selected to exhibit her French Impressionist inspired pastel drawing "Outback Aspects", which made reference to Australian landscape iconography and aspects of the outback Australian identity.
The highlight of the evening was the prestigious student art awards, presented by Dr Stefano Carboni, the Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This year the College is very proud once again, to have its students featured in the awards and congratulates Harmony Hatch on her Highly Commended award. This was presented to her by Dr Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia for her beautifully detailed wearable sculpture. Harmony received a $100.00 voucher for Jacksons Art Supplies and opportunity to attend a special art workshop held on Saturday 28th of July with professional artists.