Artist and academic Brigita Ozolins, in officially opening the 2018 GYC Art Exhibition, said that art offered a “most rich, unique and often incredibly magical and moving snapshot of the world and our place in it”, now and throughout history.
“It is a visual map of our hearts, our minds and our politics, and I think it is one of the greatest paths to follow,” she said.
However, career in visual arts was not a soft option.
“Pursuing a career in visual arts is really quite a tough decision, but it is an incredibly courageous, rewarding and challenging path to take.”
Ms Ozolins congratulated the students on developing their artistic skills and critical thinking throughout the year.
“It is a huge and very handsome show that demonstrates a really high level of commitment, exploration and passion for visual art.”
She also congratulated the teachers for their energy, patience, dedication and time that had gone into helping students develop ideas, think and rethink them and then resolve the work for examination.
She praised the display of work as a superb exhibition.
“You have offered up a glimpse into your hearts and your minds through your art and that is an extraordinary achievement,” she said.
The exhibition represented the culmination of this year’s work for 137 Art and Photography students in Years 11 and 12, from both Campuses.
It had two purposes: to hang the students’ work for evaluation by TASC examiners and to make the work available to proud family, friends and the public.
Several of the students received a 2018 GYC Art Prize.
Art Prize works are selected on the basis of their artistic merit and suitability for permanent display in the College.
The GYC Art Prize recipients were Anna Reid, Bridie Stolp, Zakkary Long, Jake Bailey, Georgia Saunders and Jack Costello. Pieces by Megan Bonnily and Joseph Howlett were voted the People’s Choice.
The GYC Art and Photography teachers were Mr Matthew Stolp and Miss Gillian Crothers on the Glenorchy Campus and Ms Meg Jenkins on the Hobart Campus.
full text of Ms Ozolins’ speech: art exhibition official opening