Art students set bar at new heights

Emily AceSouth Western Times

ABOUT 220 people attended the 2017 Iluka Visions South West High Schools Exhibition awards night at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries on October 13 to view more than 100 artworks from 16 high schools.

Two and three dimensional works, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and photography filled the gallery, with Letiesha Van Bekkam, of John Tonkin College Mandurah, awarded the best overall for her photograph, Getting old is Burning Out.

The winner of the Iluka Prize, which requires Year 11 and 12 students to submit a written application, was Sesha Dalton, of Manjimup Senior High School, who will have the opportunity to undertake a week-long internship at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts next year.

Due to the high calibre of entries this year, Year 11 Bunbury Catholic College student Phoebe Delle-Donne, whose work was highly commended, was presented a week-long internship at BRAG in an exhibition first.

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BRAG education and communications officer Michele Grimston said the judging panel deliberated for four hours due to the high quality of entries.

“It was very challenging for our panel because the works were all so deserving in different ways,” she said.

“The exhibition aims to represent the best artworks produced in high schools across the region, but is also trying to get an understanding of what is happening across the region in schools as well.”

The exhibition is open for viewing until November 19.

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