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HSC Showcase spotlight on student creativity

Outstanding artworks, performances and design projects will be displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Sydney Opera House and the Powerhouse Museum.

Monica Trieu and Angela Stojanovski stand in front of series of chinese-influenced artworks

Award-winning art program: Canley Vale High School student Monica Trieu and head teacher visual arts Angela Stojanovski, with Monica’s artwork ‘The unseen casualties’.

The creative support and inspiration at Canley Vale High School has been acknowledged with the school’s visual arts faculty receiving the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation Award.

The award was announced on Wednesday at the launch of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) 2018 HSC showcase season at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Canley Vale High School students Celine Luu and Monica Trieu were also honoured with their artwork selected for hanging at the Art Gallery of NSW from Thursday, February 7, as part of ARTEXPRESS 2019.

Prairiewood High School and Wyndham College were also among the five NSW schools that had two students’ work represented in the exhibition. All five are public schools.

Canley Vale High School head teacher Angela Stojanovski said the school was incredibly proud of their two student artists.

“We worked so hard together as a team. The students took on board advice and they really came through with their artworks,” Ms Stojanovski said.

“It was definitely an art-making process where they developed and channelled through influence from other artists and really dug deep to complete these artworks.”

Monica Trieu is one of the 33 NSW public school students whose work will be featured in ARTEXPRESS 2019.

She was surprised to have her piece ‘The unseen casualties’ chosen for the exhibition.

“My artwork did not turn out how I thought it was going to,” Monica said.

“It’s unbelievable. I looked at the other artworks online the other night and just thought, ‘Wow, how did mine even get in here’.”

ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition that showcases outstanding works created by NSW students for their HSC visual arts examination.

A total of 56 artworks have been selected for exhibition at the gallery from the 8,770 student works submitted for the 2018 HSC.

ARTEXPRESS will be on display at the Art Gallery of NSW from Thursday, February 7, until Thursday, April 25.

After the exhibition closes in Sydney, ARTEXPRESS will tour regional galleries across the state.

More than 230 student artworks will be on display in centres including Armidale, Tamworth, Dubbo, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga.

ARTEXPRESS is a joint partnership between the NSW Education Standards Authority and NSW Department of Education in association with the Art Gallery of NSW.

Blowing his own trumpet

Darius Sachinwalla standing next to a wooden trumpet in a case.

Darius Sachinwalla and his functional mahogany trumpet.

Shape is another of the 2018 HSC showcases, featuring work from design and technology, industrial technology, and textiles and design courses.

Darius Sachinwalla, whose work will be displayed at the Powerhouse Museum as part of Shape, said his project started with a joke among his friends.

“I took the joke seriously,” said Darius.

The former Turramurra High School student created a trumpet out of mahogany for his HSC industrial technology course.

“It was a lot of designing and planning and testing to get it to where it is now as a functional instrument.”

Shape, the showcase for the design and technology, industrial technology, and textiles and design courses will run at the Powerhouse Museum from February 22.

More than 200 students from public schools across the state will have their works featured in the 8 showcase events.

The full schedule for the 2018 HSC showcase season is available on the NESA website.

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