The Hon Nick Wakeling, Minister for Higher Education and Skills, joined twelve 2014 NMIT Diploma of Visual Arts – Painting graduates to celebrate their achievements at the opening of their graduate exhibition, Introspectives, on Thursday 23 October.
The students have been steadily working towards their group show since the beginning of the year. The Hon Nick Wakeling delivered the keynote address at the Introspectives opening night, and also presented awards to the winner and runners up of the Minister's Emerging Artist Award.
"This event is the result of valuable ongoing support from the Minister and the State Government for our Creative Industries programs, which foster partnerships between our programs and related industries," said Rachael Cowley, Melbourne Polytechnic Head of Department of Visual Arts.
"Exhibitions are integral to the development of the emerging artist," said Ms Cowley, "and this exhibition is a tangible example of the quality of studio practice and creativity that can be achieved through vocational training".
While primarily focused on painting, the exhibition also featured drawing, printmaking and mixed media works, with some works being for sale to the public.
The students were also responsible for organising and running the event and, in preparation for the challenges of a career as artists, have covered a wide range of practical learning as part of their Diploma course. From marketing to fundraising and assisting with the curatorial process, the group has gained invaluable insight into the work associated with holding a professional art exhibition.
In addition to the Minister’s Awards for Emerging Artists, the evening also saw 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)
For other reports of this event see: the story about student Carla Murray at Introspectives at Melbourne Art Class.
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