JCAA Youth Portrait Selection Exhibition
21 Sep to 6 Oct 2018
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The inaugural JCAA Youth Portrait Selection Exhibition opened at the Joondlaup Art Gallery on Friday September 21, to over 60 guests of the 27 artists that exhibited. Students aged from 9 to 17 from the city of Joondalup and beyond had entered portraits and self portraits.
Organiser and curator of the event, Annette Peterson, has been teaching art classes at the Joondalup Art Gallery for four years, said she had been asked to head the exhibition when she first joined the board of Joondalup Community Art Association (JCAA). “The event was initially created to cater for students north of the river, and to include artists under the age of twelve. So there was an amazing opportunity here at the Joondalup Art Gallery to make the most of the situation and offer an exhibition for students eight to eighteen,” she said.
Peterson said the JCAA have already decided to make this an annual event. “It can only get bigger from here. The artwork submitted this year is of such a high standard, and I am confident this will become an event that all students will want to be a part of.”
The winners of Exceptional Work, Highly Commended and Commended of the event were judged by well known artist Stephanie Reisch. Reisch is Chair of the Vic Park Arts Centre and is a major contributor to the Nedlands “Emerge” Art Awards with the City of Nedlands. Peterson said is was such an honour to have such a well known artist judging and an artist who has had so much to with students. “It has made the event so professional,” she said. “All those who have been selected in the Youth Portrait Selection Exhibition should feel very proud to be a part of this.”
Peterson said that eight high schools and five primary schools are represented in the exhibition. “I am very pleased that much a variety of schools represented and there is a great mix of public and private schools. “It is so fantastic that we have been able to pull it together and give back to the next generation.”
Peterson said that the support from local business for the prizes has been heartwarming. “I am grateful for the companies that have offered us support,” she said. “The prizes donated have been on par with the work of the students, the JCAA and I are humbled.”
The exhibition is open until Saturday October 6. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday 10 am – 2 pm and Friday 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, which is perfect for the school holidays. If you would like to book an appointment for other times, please contact the Joondalup Art Gallery on 9300 3088 or Annette Peterson on 0437804791.