Hayley makes Hay while sun shines
HAYLEY Partington has been surrounded by art for as long as she can remember.
Not only have she and best friend Ruby Darge attended art classes together since they were five years old, but her father, Linton Partington, is one half of Linton and Kay Galleries in Subiaco and Perth.
The 18-year-old has also spent endless hours at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which makes her, Darge and fellow Perth College graduate Alice Fox’s selection for the annual Year 12 Perspectives exhibition even more special.
One of 69 students from across WA chosen by the judging panel, Partington’s work Hay Street Mall contrasts an image of the location in the 1970s with one in 2014 and was partly inspired by book, Lost Perth.
“I’ve always been interested in vintage furniture and generally think I should have been born in a different time,” Partington said.
“I really like the idea of repurposing, so my piece is painted on an old dunny door I got at a recycling yard.
“I wanted to accentuate the change in the city, and the significance these buildings have on Perth.
“We are quick to move towards the future, but sometimes it’s good to look back and see where we have come from.”
Partington said selection for Year 12 Perspectives had been on her list of goals, as it would probably be her only chance to exhibit work at AGWA.
She is now studying architecture at Curtin University, choosing a career path that was design-related yet with greater prospects.
“I’ve seen through my dad’s art galleries how hard it is to get into the art business,” she said.
“I didn’t think I wanted to turn something I was passionate about, and more of a hobby, into something that was a chore and needed to earn a living off.”
Partington said her art class was a haven during her Year 12 studies and urged current students to push the boundaries with their creativity.
“You need to think outside the box, especially with art, because that’s how people are going to notice you,” she said.
THE ESSENTIALS WHAT: Year 12 Perspectives
WHERE: Art Gallery of WA WHEN: showing until June 1 ENTRY: free
Hayley Partington with her work Hay StreetMall.