Young artists display works with eye on Iluka Prize

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries arts and culture education and communications officer Amber Norrish inspects the impressive works now on display as part of the Iluka Visions student exhibition.
Camera IconBunbury Regional Art Galleries arts and culture education and communications officer Amber Norrish inspects the impressive works now on display as part of the Iluka Visions student exhibition. Credit: Sam Beard

More than 200 artworks from 15 high schools across the South West region have filled the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries as part of the city’s biggest visual art exhibition featuring young artists.

The Iluka Visions exhibition opened at the gallery on September 22, with the showcase to officially open at 6pm on October 12 with an awards night.

Prizes will be awarded to the best artworks across all year levels, with the prestigious Iluka Prize to be offered to one Year 11 or 12 student, allowing them to partake in a week-long internship at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Past winners who have completed this internship have gone on to study and build careers in the arts.

The exhibition will include both two and three-dimensional artworks including painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and photography.

BRAG director Julian Bowron said the exhibition was a powerful demonstration of the ways in which arts participation is an important catalyst for learning and making sense of the world around us.

“I believe all visitors to Iluka Visions will be impressed by the thoughtful and creative insights of our young artists,” Mr Bowron said.

The schools participating in this year’s exhibition include Australind Senior High School, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury Senior High School, College Row School, Manea Senior College and Collie Senior High School.

The exhibition, supported by Iluka Resources, will run until November 18 in the Chapel Gallery, open daily from 10am to 4pm.

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