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Exhibition illuminates artful outlook from youth

Published Friday, 1st March 2019

Young artists from across Perth’s northern suburbs will step into the spotlight as part of the Wanneroo Gallery’s first exhibition of the year.

A picture of City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Northern Perspectives 2019 award
winners Abi Venables-Morris (Wanneroo Secondary College) and Robyn Bennett (Mindarie Senior
College) at the opening night of the exhibition.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Northern Perspectives 2019 award winners Abi Venables-Morris (Wanneroo Secondary College) and Robyn Bennett (Mindarie Senior College) at the opening night of the exhibition yesterday.

Now in its fifth year, Northern Perspectives provides an outstanding opportunity for local high school visual arts and design students to display their work in a world-class gallery space.

This year, 83 artworks produced by Year 11 and 12 students from schools within the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Stirling will be exhibited, encompassing everything from painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics to textiles, wearable art and digital photography.

With artworks spanning diverse themes, City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said Northern Perspectives emphasised the importance of supporting young local artists.

“This exhibit grants students the chance to showcase their art in a professional setting, which can help with building confidence and continuing to pursue art after high school,” Mayor Roberts said. “I am proud that such a wide variety of community artwork is on display at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre.”

Schools involved in the exhibition include Ashdale Secondary School, Balcatta Senior High School, Butler College, Girrawheen Senior High School, Kingsway Christian College, Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Mercy College, Mindarie Senior College, Perth College, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Prendiville Catholic College, St Mark’s Anglican Community School, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School, St Stephen’s School Carramar, St Stephen’s School Duncraig and Wanneroo Secondary College.

Two students were presented with awards on the opening night of the exhibition. Abi Venables-Morris (Wanneroo Secondary College) won the City of Wanneroo Resident Encouragement Award for her photography project Aquasphere, which the judges called “a beautifully subtle and resolved work”.

Robyn Bennett (Mindarie Senior College) won the Overall Encouragement Award for her mixed media artwork titled Blasphemunch. The judges said it was “a playful and ambitious artwork, with confident technique”.

Visitors can nominate their favourite artwork for the People’s Choice Award, which is announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Northern Perspectives is now open and runs until Saturday 6 April. Entry is free. The Wanneroo Gallery is open 10am-4pm daily except Sundays and public holidays.

Click here for more information on Northern Perspectives 2019.

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