Hay­ley makes Hay while sun shines

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d434488

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.

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