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Opening night success for NMIT emerging artists

24 Oct 2013

Considerable amounts of blood, sweat and turpentine paid off for a group of NMIT emerging artists on Tuesday night when they received awards for their work at the annual NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts exhibition.

The exhibition’s title, Blood, Sweat & Turpentine was chosen by our visual arts students to evoke the physical, emotional and intellectual commitment that goes into producing original artwork.

Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery in Franklin Street was buzzing with students, teachers, creative industry representatives, friends, family, artists and art lovers to view the 63 works on display covering a wide variety of mediums from photo media to lino cuts.

Special guest was Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, who presented three Minister’s Emerging Artist Awards to:

Bill Beruldsen                          (winner)           $500    ‘Maxine’ (oil on canvas)

Maya Suljevic                          (runner up)       $250    ‘Berlin Housing Commission’ (linoprint)

Marlene Zammit (Schiavone)    (runner up)       $250    ‘Immortal Darkness’ (photograph)

Each winner and runner up in the Minister’s Award category will have their work hung in the Minister’s office.

Also honoured during the evening were four Sponsor’s Award winners including:

Leigh Hewitt: Outstanding Graduate Award (sponsored by Chapman and Baileys) $200 voucher plus certificate.

Wladyslaw Ratuszynski: Outstanding Painting Student (sponsored by Dean’s Art Supplies) $100 voucher plus certificate.

Alexandra Janssens: Best Painting Concept (sponsored by Eckersley’s Art and Craft) $100 voucher plus certificate.

Vicki Catchpole: Encouragement Award (sponsored by Dean’s Art Supplies) $50 voucher plus certificate.

The opening night was a resounding success and all the contributing student artists and their teachers should be congratulated on their skill and commitment to their work.

The Exhibition runs until November 1 at Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery, 97 Franklin Street, Melbourne.

Image caption: L-R: Winner of the Minister's Emerging Artist Award, Bill Beruldsen, with the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, The Hon. Peter Hall.

See additional photo at Talking About NMIT: Emerging Visual Artists rewarded


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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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