Last week, the Year 12 Visual Arts class had the opportunity to travel to Sydney for their annual art gallery experience. As a part of the excursion, students had the opportunity to visit various galleries and view artworks included in the 2019 Art Express exhibition. Art Express showcases the top achievers from 2018 nominated by the HSC practical markers. The exhibition is a great insight into the development and execution of a Band 6 Body of Work, often including works in a range of forms that identify with a specific area of study or concept. 

This year students viewed work at the Hazelhurst Gallery in Gymea, the Armory at Newington and at the State Gallery of NSW. In addition to spending time viewing Art Express, students also had the opportunity to explore the State Gallery’s permanent collection, including the Modernist Australian Collection, linked with our Critical and Historical study this year. For some students it was their first visit to a gallery, offering a new experience and an opportunity to view actual works, something that just cannot be achieved from online galleries and books. 

Students also attended a guided discussion at the Hazelhurst Gallery. This guided tour provided students with the chance to hear from students whose work was included in the exhibition. The talk offered insight into how to approach the HSC, how to achieve the best possible result, and most importantly to have passion for what you do!