The art of Alchemy

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

ALCHEMY is the lat­est stu­dent art ex­hi­bi­tion from our lo­cal TAFE Diploma of Visual Arts course.

Each year, grad­u­at­ing stu­dents of the two-year diploma course or­gan­ise and run a group ex­hi­bi­tion, high­light­ing works de­vel­oped dur­ing the course.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will open at 6pm on Novem­ber 10 at Sawtell Art Gallery and will be open daily 10am-4pm, un­til Novem­ber 20.

This project pro­vides stu­dents with com­mer­cial and in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence from de­vel­op­ing con­cepts and a co­he­sive body of work, through to plan­ning, bud­get­ing, de­sign­ing, mar­ket­ing, cu­rat­ing and run­ning the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Aim­ing to show­case the evo­lu­tion of the stu­dents, on dis­play will be a di­verse ar­ray of artis­tic styles and medi­ums that have been the cul­mi­na­tion of their two-year jour­ney.

“It’s been a priv­i­lege to be a part of the jour­ney and see­ing the stu­dents’ ideas come to life,” said Jo El­liott, a lo­cal artist and em­ployee of the TAFE visual art depart­ment.

There will be a di­verse se­lec­tion of art­works to en­gage with, ac­com­pa­nied by speeches, nib­bles, drinks and live mu­sic per­formed by lo­cal mu­si­cian Peter Kauki­ainen.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to the open­ing and ad­mis­sion is free.

Al­though pri­mar­ily as­so­ci­ated with turn­ing base met­als into gold, alchemy, at its heart, is sim­ply about trans­for­ma­tion. Mak­ing art of any form is a process of trans­for­ma­tion, whether it be cre­at­ing new works from raw ma­te­ri­als, or re-pur­pos­ing old ma­te­ri­als.

Sawtell Art Gallery is on the cor­ner of Lyons Road and Bayl­don Road, Sawtell, op­po­site the Bowls Club.

Photos: Con­trib­uted

ON DIS­PLAY: TAFE stu­dents put the fi­nal touches on their ex­hi­bi­tion pieces.

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