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Study Grant winner gives back to City of Darebin

25 Mar 2013

Like dozens of NMIT students, Diploma of Visual Art student, Adriana Cosshall, received a real financial and psychological boost last year when she was awarded $1000 during the 2010 NMIT Study Grants program.

“The Study Grant lifted the burden of trying to scrape up the cash to buy the extra art materials needed for my art,” says Adriana. “I now have a well stocked supply of materials and hence I am busy creating!”

Adriana's award came courtesy of the City of Darebin - one of many NMIT Study Grant sponsors from industry and the local community.

As a way of thanking the City of Darebin for their support Adriana offered to donate one of her own works to the Council's Art and History Collection.

Not all submissions are accepted into the City of Darebin Collection. Adriana submitted three works to the Council's evaluation process and one of her works, a mixed media piece entitled Not All That Glitters is Gold was accepted.

Not All That Glitters is Gold is a mixed media work featuring Mookite Jasper (rock) and citrine (crystal) on canvas. Adriana says her work is about duality: "... sometimes there are hidden treasures that emerge after bad times. What attracts us is not all that glitters ... that's what's life's all about ... looking beyond the surface”.

Dr Jacqueline Healy, curator of the City of Darebin Art Collection said that she was "delighted to accept the artwork into the City of Darebin Art Collection".

Works in the City of Darebin Collection are displayed in Council facilities such as meeting rooms and libraries.

Adriana formally handed the work over to the City of Darebin at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre last Thursday, 21 January.

Adriana will also be part of an exhibition by second year NMIT Visual Arts students at Bundoora Homstead called Commonplace. The exhibition which runs from 2 June to 19 June will feature works by NMIT Visual Arts students that interpret the historical and contemporary identity of Bundoora Homestead.

In 2009 Adriana realised that life was too short to procrastinate about what she really wanted to do. "One such long-time dream was completing my studies," said Adriana. “For those of you who attended the (Study Grants) Awards Night, I was the woman wearing the largest smile. Thank you NMIT and many thanks to Darebin Council for your generosity.”

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