Year 12 Perspectives 2016

Year 12 Perspectives 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of the Perspectives exhibition. 

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA, and is a barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling.

In 2017, the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition will celebrate its 25th year and the show will also highlight alumni who have become professional practitioners in the visual arts, including video interviews with previous finalists across the years.

58 works by 57 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: Genevie Baker, Coordinator Curriculum K-12, Arts Teaching & Learning Team, Catholic Education; Tarryn Gill, Artist; and Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator Projects, AGWA.

Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Prominent themes in this year’s display include social engagement, family and nature.

In the twenty-five years that AGWA has hosted Year 12 Perspectives (1992–2017), we have recorded one-thousand-six-hundred and eighty students exhibiting their work, twelve receiving travel grants to Japan, ten received grants supporting their continuing practice, and many more having their work exhibited in Tokyo and in regional WA with the touring exhibition.

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People's Choice Award

The Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award was awarded to Lara Sawyer whose work The decaying kind 2016 was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences. As part of the Award, Lara receives a $250 Gallery Shop voucher. One lucky voter has also won a $50 Gallery Shop voucher and two VIP tickets to the opening of AGWA's upcoming show The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Iona Presentation College, as the school that Lara Sawyer attended, will also receive an art workshop and class tour of The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition.

Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016
Lara Sawyer The decaying kind 2016.
Oil on metal, four parts: 58 cm diameter each.
Iona Presentation College.


In Lara Sawyer's words: “My series of rusted and decaying portraits visually represent the diminishing respect from the mainstream towards the agricultural industry in Australia. A once proud industry is now hidden behind layers of false propaganda showing the happy smiles of local farmers in your nearest food market. As a farmer's daughter, I have observed this loss of culture and a lack of empathy from society towards those who deserve our recognition and respect. I aim to communicate our plight and the decay of our kind."

Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey said, “Healthway is delighted to be partnering with the Art Gallery of WA to support the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition and People’s Choice Award. This partnership is a fantastic way of engaging young people and their families with the Act-Belong-Commit message about positive mental health.

"And, the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award encourages young people to actively participate in the exhibition providing a sense of belonging which is important for positive mental health.” Ms De Lacey said.

Lea Baluyot Time is Gold 2016
Lea Baluyot Time is Gold 2016.
Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 63 cm.
Balga Senior High School.


Packers' Prize

Congratulations to Lea Baluyot from Balga Senior High School for winning the Packers' Prize for her work Time is Gold 2016.

Lea's thoughts on her artwork: "I was inspired by the symbolic meaning of objects used in vanitas paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands. In my painting the skull represents life and death, the clock reminds us that life is fleeting and to make the most of every day. The book is about learning, to have a go and try your best. The Coca-Cola can represents fast food, sugar and obesity. The camera and screen symbolise social media, the microphone signifies entertainment, and the tape is measuring my life and achievement."

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