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Art gallery of western australia           
AGWA media
5 March 2015
Youthful perspective takes centre stage
On display at AGWA 7 March - 1 June 2015 | FREE

Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities.

65 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: AGWA curator Robert Cook; Western Australian artist Teelah George; and from the education sector, visual arts teacher Kate Grayson, representing the Department of Education. Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of WA, commented, “This year’s exhibition features a rich assortment of themes and subjects that reflect the personal and socio-political concerns of the selected Year 12 Visual Art students. Portraits, the body and identity are always popular subjects, but also evident is a lively engagement with issues such as the environment, nature, animal welfare and urban life." 

This year the Art Gallery of Western Australia is pleased to welcome the Water Corporation as the new exhibition sponsor of Year 12 Perspectives 2014.

Year 12 Perspectives is a much loved annual event showcasing the creative talents of WA students. The Water Corporation’s sponsorship and support of the exhibition illustrates their commitment to investing in the future of WA through their involvement with this significant community celebration,” Gallery Director, Stefano Carboni said.
Water Corporation CEO, Sue Murphy said, “We are proud to support the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. While we are known for delivering water to taps across Western Australia, what most people don’t know is our work to support programs that enrich the lives of our community. The Year 12 Perspectives exhibition is a great example of an event which enriches the lives of the community by celebrating the creative talents of emerging artists and designers.”

Water Corporation has supported the People’s Choice Award, which encourages visitors to the exhibition and website to vote for their favourite artist. The most popular vote will be counted in the final days of the exhibition and the winning artist will be acknowledged with a $500 voucher towards the purchase of art supplies to encourage and support their ongoing creative journey. The graduating students who studied visual art at the winning student’s school will also all receive tickets to attend the Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices exhibition which opens at AGWA in November.

Voting closes 5pm Sunday 17 May and the winners will be announced on our website.


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Kartika Zhuang Corpus Christi College Coexistence 2014. Watercolour pencil on board, 129 x 97 cm. Andrea Singeorzan Ashdale Secondary College Duality 2014. Mixed media, three parts: 52.5 x 52.5 x 4.5 cm each. Joel Hawkins Atwell College Pursuit of happiness 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 51 cm. Hayley Partington Perth College Hay St mall 2014. Mixed media on wood, two parts: 22.5 x 60.3 cm; 24 x 60 cm.
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