ARTEXPRESS has achieved a milestone this year going virtual with the launch of the first virtual exhibition.
NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC opened the launch of ARTEXPRESS Virtual on 10 June. Fifty artworks from 2019 HSC Visual Arts practical examinations were selected for the virtual exhibition which displays artworks in 3D and virtual reality.
Almost 450 students from across NSW were nominated for the 2020 ARTEXPRESS series of exhibitions from 8,552 artworks submitted by visual arts students for the 2019 HSC. The ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020 exhibition features a cross-section of these works.
The fifty artworks are from 29 government schools and 21 non-government schools and include painting, drawing, photo-media, sculpture, ceramics, time-based works, designed objects, documented forms, printmaking textiles and fibre and graphic design.
Ron Pratt, Head Teacher, Performing and Visual Arts at Wyndham College and Head of Marking for HSC Visual Arts for ten years, curated the ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020 exhibition and Rampe Realistic Imaging performed all 3D imaging and website development including the virtual reality components.
The technology has allowed for images to be captured through a process called photogrammetry that allows viewers to examine the artworks in high-quality details as 3D objects from 360 degrees.
ARTEXPRESS Virtual has allowed for audiences to view one of the state’s most popular series of exhibitions showcasing the next generation of creative thinkers to a wider audience.
“It gives visitors to the exhibition as close to a real-life visual experience as is virtually possible” stated Ron Pratt.
ARTEXPRESS is a joint partnership between NSW Department of Education and NSW Education Standards Authority. Teachers Mutual Bank is the sponsor for the inaugural ARTEXPRESS Virtual.