Students display artistic imagination

9 February 2011

Works by some of the state's most accomplished young artists were on display at the launch of the 2011 ARTEXPRESS exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The showcase is made up of 44 of the best artworks by last year's Higher School Certificate visual arts students and is part of a broader series of exhibitions taking place around the state under the ARTEXPRESS banner.

The work of 326 students, who have been selected from almost 9800 HSC visual arts students, will be exhibited in Sydney and regional NSW over the next 11 months.

Five students from Warners Bay High School, near Newcastle, were among the NSW public school students whose work was chosen for display in the 2011 exhibitions. The school's visual arts faculty, which has taught 18 students over the past years whose work has been selected for ARTEXPRESS, won the Dobell Award for excellence in teaching and learning.

Education minister Verity Firth, who launched the exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, said the works show the depth of artistic talent in NSW schools.

"The exhibition showcases an outstanding collection of work representing a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media," Ms Firth said.

"The NSW visual arts course develops an understanding of the role of art in all forms of media, and in both contemporary and historical cultures."

The following NSW public school students and teachers won awards as part of the ARTEXPRESS program.

Integral Energy Excellence Award
Ashley Green, Erskine Park High School

University of Western Sydney Digital Media Award
Laura Wingrove, Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School

Dobell Award for excellence in teaching and learning
Warners Bay High School visual arts faculty

ARTEXPRESS is a joint venture of the NSW Board of Studies and the education department.

Find out more information about ARTEXPRESS 2011, including exhibition dates.

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