You can now view both the 2020 and 2021 virtual ARTEXPRESS exhibitions at the ARTEXPRESS Virtual site.
The 2021 ARTEXPRESS Virtual exhibition includes 54 bodies of work across the 12 expressive forms within the NSW Visual Arts HSC syllabus. In 2021, there are ten ARTEXPRESS exhibitions showcasing 270 outstanding bodies of work from the 2020 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts practical examination. Each exhibited body of work was selected from 8,617 artworks submitted for the practical Visual Arts examination in 2020.
NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC opened the launch of the first ARTEXPRESS Virtual on 10 June 2020. 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.
“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 sponsored the inaugural ARTEXPRESS Virtual.