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Minister to award NMIT Emerging Artists

18 Oct 2013

Next Tuesday evening, NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts students will have their work judged by a guest critic – the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall.

The Minister will be a special guest at the students’ annual exhibition entitled Blood, Sweat & Turpentine.

The exhibition’s title came from the students as a reference to the term “blood, sweat and, tears” which they thought conveyed the sense of angst, hard work and dedication involved in pursuing creative excellence.

This exhibition is a celebration of a number of years commitment to art making,” said Rachael Cowley, NMIT’s Head of Department – Visual Arts. “It represents the accumulation of skills acquired throughout the Diploma of Visual Arts course and students, family, friends, teachers and the Institute will all be celebrating on Tuesday night, having all played a part in this wonderful exhibition.”

Minister Hall will select three works (a winner and two runners up) to receive The Minister's Emerging Artist Awards.

“NMIT values the support of the Minister and the State Government in developing its Creative Industries programs, not only at events such as this exhibition but also for large scale projects such as the development of a Creative Industries training hub at NMIT’s soon to be opened Prahran campus,” said Ms Cowely.

Exhibition works will include a variety of mediums from painting, photography and printmaking to mixed media, collage and drawing.

In addition to the Minister’s Awards for Emerging Artists, the evening will also see the presentation of the event’s sponsor awards including:

  • Deans Art Award (sponsor Deans Art)
  • Eckersley’s Award (sponsor Eckersley's)
  • Chapman and Bailey Award (sponsor Chapman and Bailey)

“Exhibitions are integral to the development of the emerging artist,” says Rachael Cowley ... “and this exhibition is a tangible example of the quality of studio practice and creativity that can be achieved through vocational training”.

What: Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, opens and presents awards at the NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts 2013 exhibition Blood, Sweat & Turpentine.
Where: Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery, 97 Franklin Street, Melbourne
When: Tuesday 22 October 2013 (Minister arrives 6.15 pm. Awards presentation approximately 6.45 pm).
The Exhibition runs until November 1, 2013
More Info: Download an  e-invite PDF


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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