- Thursday, 24 March 2016 12:21
Express Yourself is a vibrant and dynamic annual exhibition, this year showcasing the talent and creativity of the 2015 crop of HSC Visual Arts students from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
The exhibition kicks off at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum on Friday 1 April at 6pm and will be opened by Juz Kitson, a young Sydney-born artist who is known for her large-scale sculptural assemblages in a wild mix of materials, including porcelain, horse hair, deer hide and crocodile skin.
Express Yourself celebrates the work of 42 emerging young artists from 18 secondary schools in the region and includes multi-media, digital, sculpture, graphics and drawing. The outstanding technical and artistic calibre of the works inExpress Yourself reflect the artistic strength of the students in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region, and the high quality of teaching and learning in Visual Arts at the HSC level.
Displayed alongside the artworks are statements written by the students expanding on the inspirations and influences that informed their works and their journeys through this unique and demanding creative process.
The winners of the 2016 Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society Youth Art Award and Theo Batten Bequest Youth Art Award will be announced on the opening night. These two awards are granted annually to students featured in the exhibition. Manly Art Gallery & Museum Society presents a $3000 award and the Theo Batten Youth Art Award of $5000 is awarded to a student who is continuing tertiary studies in the arts.
Juz Kitson, who won the Theo Batten Award in 2003, at the age of just 17, says of the coveted prize: ‘The work was a series of ceramic heads and the funds given by Manly Art Gallery & Museum made sure I was able to focus on pursuing an art education.’
Exhibition runs 1 April – 8 May 2016
• Friday 1 April, 5pm
MANLY LIBRARY ARTIST RESIDENCIES & PANEL DISCUSSION
• From April - June, Manly Library hosts three artists in residence (Ben Brown, Nicholas Beckett, Fayroze Lutta) who will deliver free youth focused art-making classes every Tuesday evening 5:30 - 6:30pm.
• A panel discussion for aspiring art-makers at the Gallery at3pm, Sunday 3 April with the resident artists is led by 3D environment artist and game developer Russell Eastgate covering artists’ techniques, training, survival tips and more.
KIDS’ ART ADVENTURES SCHOOL HOLIDAY CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Explore various art-making practices responding to works in the exhibition in workshops designed to ignite your creative spirit. Led by Manly Art Gallery & Museum curators.
• When: Tues 12 April, 10am – 12noon or 2 – 4pm
• Cost: $30, materials and refreshments included