Thursday, December 6, 2018


Joint exhibition showcases work of region's Year 12 students

Works from this year’s crop of VCE and HSC students will be on display at Arts Space Wodonga, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and the Albury LibraryMuseum throughout December and January.

The Year 12 Art Show celebrates the achievements of graduating art students in the Murray region and kicks off at Arts Space Wodonga ahead of the official opening at the venue on Friday, December 14 at 4.30pm.

This annual exhibition provides an important opportunity for the community to connect with the ideas, concerns and complex identities of young people.

This year, the Year 12 Art Show will be held across three venues, allowing a broader area of schools in the Murray Region to participate.

For the students involved, the exhibition is a chance to revisit their work outside the classroom and curriculum environment.

For many it will be the first time that their work is displayed publicly as an object of value, rather than the result of an assessment task.

The vibrant and diverse artworks were drawn from:
•    Albury High School;
•    Catholic College Wodonga;
•    James Fallon High School;
•    Murray High School;
•    The Scots School Albury;
•    Victory Lutheran College;
•    Wodonga Senior Secondary College;
•    Xavier High School;
•    Beechworth Secondary College;
•    Tallangatta Secondary College;
•    Mt Beauty High School; and,
•    Trinity Anglican College.

The works include pencil, paint, sculpture and even plant life in a diverse and eclectic grouping of works.

Albury High School student Mackenna Carol has reflected on her own travels to Cambodia to inspire Self-Discovery, Cambodia 2016, a mixed media on plywood work.

Reflecting on the photos that she had taken of Cambodian children, Mackenna observed children appeared to possess few material objects but seemed happier than many children in our society.

Mackenna’s work aims to explore and acknowledge the difference in values of life between first and third world countries through the juxtaposition of plywood and Perspex, images and objects.

Wodonga Senior Secondary College student Adelaide Lloyd Thwaites has explored the theme of fantasy worlds and the ways in which people interact with their world and each other.

Adelaide’s works are “snapshots” of alternative worlds, familiar yet foreign, juxtaposed together.
Her artworks -  Wire and Bone and Isolate Ascension - integrate organic life and explore the relationships between people and place and how they evolve over time.

The exhibition runs at Arts Space Wodonga until January 26.

The official opening of the exhibition on December 14 at Arts Space Wodonga will feature an acoustic performance by students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College. It will be followed the next day by a reception hosted by MAMA and Albury LibraryMuseum from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Retro Lane Cafe.