Art stu­dents set bar at new heights

South Western Times - - News -

ABOUT 220 peo­ple at­tended the 2017 Iluka Vi­sions South West High Schools Ex­hi­bi­tion awards night at the Bun­bury Re­gional Art Gal­leries on Fri­day to view more than 100 art­works from 16 high schools.

Two and three di­men­sional works, in­clud­ing paint­ing, print­mak­ing, sculp­ture, ce­ram­ics, draw­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy filled the gallery, with Letiesha Van Bekkam, of John Tonkin Col­lege Man­durah, awarded the best over­all for her pho­to­graph, Get­ting old is Burn­ing Out.

The win­ner of the Iluka Prize, which re­quires Year 11 and 12 stu­dents to sub­mit a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion, was Se­sha Dal­ton, of Man­jimup Se­nior High School, who will have the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take a week-long in­tern­ship at the Perth In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts next year.

Due to the high cal­i­bre of en­tries this year, Year 11 Bun­bury Catholic Col­lege stu­dent Phoebe DelleDonne, whose work was highly com­mended, was pre­sented a week-long in­tern­ship at BRAG in an ex­hi­bi­tion first.

BRAG ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michele Grim­ston said the judg­ing panel de­lib­er­ated for four hours due to the high qual­ity of en­tries.

“It was very chal­leng­ing for our panel be­cause the works were all so de­serv­ing in dif­fer­ent ways,” she said.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to rep­re­sent the best art­works pro­duced in high schools across the re­gion, but is also try­ing to get an un­der­stand­ing of what is hap­pen­ing across the re­gion in schools as well.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open for view­ing un­til Novem­ber 19.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

BRAG in­tern Kate Hayter and St Mary MacKil­lop Col­lege work ex­pe­ri­ence stu­dent Ella Smith, 16, are ready to wel­come vis­i­tors to the Iluka Vi­sions ex­hi­bi­tion.

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