ARTEXPRESS goes virtual

The best artworks by NSW HSC students can still be experienced at ARTEXPRESS this year despite COVID-19 disruptions thanks to a new virtual reality exhibition.

Image: On exhibition: ‘The Nature of Ambiguity’, photomedia, by Tahnee Marriott, Warners Bay High School HSC class of 2019.

Fifty artworks from the 2019 HSC Visual Arts practical examination have been selected for the virtual exhibition, where viewers can experience the artworks as though they are walking through an actual gallery.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said that ARTEXPRESS is the Oscars of the HSC art world and is happy students still get to display their work.

“With galleries in Sydney and the regions hosting or planning to host artworks from the class of 2019 forced to close because of the COVID 19 pandemic, organisers had to find a new way to allow our best art students to exhibit their work,” Ms Mitchell said.

“From today, everyone can go online to enjoy 50 exceptional student artworks across 12 visual art forms.

“The ARTEXPRESS exhibition is incredibly important, allowing our best students to receive recognition for their work and provides exposure to start careers.

“Artists like Ben Quilty, David Griggs, McLean Edwards, Melissa Chiu and Jasper Knight were all hung at ARTEXPRESS, one of NSW's most popular exhibitions.

“The technology used is amazing, artworks are placed in a virtual exhibition that you can move around and the detail is to a level that you can see individual brushstrokes.”

The works – from students in 29 government schools and 21 non-government schools – include painting, drawing, photomedia, sculpture, ceramics, time-based works, designed objects, documented forms, printmaking, textiles and fibre and graphic design.

The technical developers, Michael Rampe and Peter Reeves, captured images of the artworks through a process called photogrammetry that allows viewers to examine the artworks in exceptional detail as 3D objects from 360 degrees.

‘Rampe Realistic Imaging’ performed all 3D imaging, high resolution photography and website development, including the virtual reality components. Michael Rampe and Peter Reeves, co-founders of ‘Pedestal 3D Pty Ltd’, provided this software as a service platform for delivery of the 3D components of the website. Peter Reeves exhibited in ARTEXPRESS in 2010.

Almost 450 students from across NSW were nominated for the 2020 ARTEPXRESS series of exhibitions from 8,552 artworks submitted by visual arts students for the 2019 HSC.

The ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020 exhibition can be accessed at

ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020 is supported by Teachers Mutual Bank.

Video – Welcome to ARTEXPRESS Virtual 2020

Duration – 1:35

A message from Minister Mitchell welcoming you to the first ever virtual ARTEXPRESS exhibition.

Sarah Mitchell

I’m delighted to launch the inaugural ARTEXPRESS Virtual exhibition.

From today [10 June] you can view 50 amazing student artworks selected from the 2019 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students in a virtual gallery space. Painting, drawing, photo-media, sculpture, ceramics, designed objects, documented forms, printmaking, textiles and fibre and graphic design.

ARTEXPRESS is a national artistic institution. Since the first public exhibition of student artwork in the late 1950s, it has been the launching pad for some of Australia’s most accomplished artists including Ben Quilty, David Griggs, McLean Edwards and Melissa Chiu.

ARTEXPRESS Virtual reflects the innovative thinking of our arts students in NSW on a technologically advanced platform. Viewers can examine artworks in exceptional detail that have been captured using 3D imagery. With virtual reality headsets, you can interact with the artworks in creative ways that play with scale and movement.

The ARTEXPRESS Virtual exhibition is a timely resource for our students and our teachers who have demonstrated remarkable resilience during challenging and uncertain times, and when one of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been limited access to physical gallery spaces, this really is a celebration of creativity that showcases the talents of our 21st-century learners and highlights our commitment to excellence in arts education.

So please take a look and be inspired by the ARTEXPRESS Virtual exhibition.

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ARTEXPRESS 2020 virtual exhibition artist information

Government schools

Artist name School Title of work Form

Monika Haselhuhn

Bowral High School Southern Highlands

Forget Me Not


Rebecca Risteska

Bowral High School Southern Highlands

Sticks and Stones…

Collection of work

Michaela Barnert

Cheltenham Girls High School

Topographic Morphism


Zak Kalivas

Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design


Time-based forms

Ngoc Gia Han Huynh

Fairvale High School

I will go before you


Victor-Sokphan Ou

Fairvale High School

Pulcha Tacita Caelum (Beautiful Silent Sky)


Georgia Verastegui

Figtree High School



Tina Yip

Hornsby Girls High School

Trompe l’oeil


Lauren Wang

James Ruse Agricultural High School

de faced.


Sama Padmini Cooper

Katoomba High School



Rupert Osborn

Killara High School

Lost in Utility


Caleb Barnes

Lithgow High School

“Gargoyle for Sydney Harbour Bridge”


Ben Tavita

Lurnea High School


Collection of


Elliot Christmas

Mosman High School

Careless Consumption

Collection of


Chloe Arathoon

Narrabeen Sports High School



Sophie Zhang

North Sydney Girls High School

IMAGINE if you could buy freedom

Collection of


Emily Hick

Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater

Threads of Nature


Talija Hrnjak

Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater

Displaced Identities


Moe Iwasawa

Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus


Designed objects

Dylan Welgemoed

Pennant Hills High School

Silver Screen


Shantelle Morrison

Prairiewood High School

Femininity and the Curve


Bonnie Dong

St George Girls High School



Lemah Orya

St Marys Senior High School

Mending broken things after the Afghan War


Kimberley Cooney

Strathfield Girls High School



Jade Abrahams

Terrigal High School

After the Things of Nature


Melanie Hain

Warners Bay High School



Tahnee Marriott

Warners Bay High School

The Nature of Ambiguity


Sophie Tilling

Woolooware High School

In his shoes


Hayden Johnson-De Silva

Wyndham College

A.Y.P.O.N. (are you privileged, or not?


Non-government schools

Artist name School Title of work Form

Hannah-Kate Proctor

Belmont Christian College

Detachment from Her Origin


Madison Andrew

Caroline Chisholm College

The Block


Saachi Owen

Emanuel School


Time-based forms

Elvira Berzins

Frensham School

Briviba (Freedom)

Collection of


Elena Kokkaris

International Grammar School

In Hollywood no one can know anything…


Hugo Morgan

Knox Grammar School

My Digitality

Documented forms

William Wang

Knox Grammar School

Shanghai – Layered and Remembered


Catherine Jones

Pymble Ladies’ College

Water and Wind

Designed objects

Chloe Lambert


An Ethereal Escape


Max Russell

Reddam House

Don’t think twice

Time-based forms

Saskia Teale

Roseville College



Louis Callanan

St Ignatius’ College

That which is familiar – a visual verse


Samuel Havranek

St Luke’s Grammar School

Consumer Affair

Graphic design

Harriet Murphy

St Scholastica’s College Glebe

“With an apple I will astonish Paris”

Cezanne’s Table


Sabine Hattersley

St Scholastica’s College Glebe

Kokoro no ikimono (Creatures of the heart)

Textile & fibre

Eli Narev

Sydney Grammar School

Ex Camera


Jerome Ayad

Sydney Grammar School

“Deep Down”


Bodhi McAllister

The King’s School

Eroded by time


Jordan Williams

The King’s School

I Am

Collection of


Zachary Elphick

The Scots College

Escaping the Psychie


Joshua Abbott

Trinity Grammar School

“The angel in the marble”


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