Spotlight on talented 2021 HSC students as ARTEXPRESS exhibition launches

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Talented young creators and innovators from across the state will be celebrated in one of eight HSC Showcases launching today, starting with ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Each year, the HSC Showcases display a selection of top major works from students across visual arts, performing arts and technologies.

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said showcases offer a unique opportunity for members of the public to enjoy the works of our recent HSC graduates and provide a platform for young people to launch future careers in the field.

Gerard Barrios, ‘Takeaway’ – ARTEXPRESS 2022.

“Seeing what students have produced in a challenging year really shows me that the future is bright for these young people, and our workforce and communities will be better for them,” Ms Mitchell said.

This year’s exhibitions reflect on what is important to young people as members of their community and personally, including the impacts of COVID, their strength and vulnerability, their heritage and the environment around them.

A number of students of Greek heritage have featured in the exhibitions over the years, including Ariana Galanos from Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney, who received an ATAR of 98.3.

Ariana Galanos’ artworks featured in ARTEXPRESS in 2020.

Ariana’s Year 12 Visual Arts major work, ‘The Condition of the Compulsive,’ was selected for ARTEXPRESS in 2020 and explored Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the corresponding anxiety and rituals that manifest within individuals who suffer from it.

The talented youngster also completed major works for Design and Technology and Textiles and Design, and received nominations for the NESA Shape and Texstyles exhibitions respectively.

ARTEXPRESS is now on at the Art Gallery of NSW, and at limited venues across the state throughout the year.

For more information or to make a booking, see here.

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