Thursday, November 29, 2018

The region’s foremost annual youth art exhibition upstART 2018 was opened last Saturday 24 November at 2.30pm by Cr Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council. It was an enjoyable afternoon with many of the winners present to receive their award in front of family and friends.

The upstART 2018 exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks by talented young artists’ in years 10, 11 & 12 from nine high schools and provides a wonderful opportunity for each participant to have their work presented in a regional public gallery. There are a diverse range subjects, styles and mediums that feature in the exhibition including painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, mixed media and photography.

This year there are over 80 artworks on display by students from the region. The participating schools are Boorowa Central School, Cowra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Hennessy Catholic College, Kinross Wolaroi School, Molong Central School, Parkes High School, St Raphael’s Catholic School and The Henry Lawson High School.

This is the 15th year the Cowra Regional Art Gallery has presented this youth art event with the generous assistance by art teachers from the participating high schools as well as the support of sponsors Eckersley’s Art and Craft, Webster Optometrists, The Vineyard Motel, Yellow House Cowra, in-kind sponsor LT131 Pizza and community donors the Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group Inc and, private donor Mrs Margaret Henley.

This year’s judge, Merry Brice, independent curator, art educator and artist was very impressed by the creativity and high standard of works on show and took several hours of deliberation to arrive at her selections.

This is a “must-see” exhibition and visitors will be delighted by the showcase of vibrant and interesting artworks on display. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favourite work and at the end of the exhibition the students whose work has the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award.

UpstART 2018 continues to Sunday 9 December 2018. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street – admission free. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm.

upstART 2018 award winners

Years 10, 11, 12 Awards

Winner Year 10 Award – Grace McRae Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Year 11 Award – Flinn Madigan Kinross Wolaroi School

Winner Year 12 Award – Mary Louise Minehan Hennessy Catholic College

Open Section

Winner Photography Award – Paul Buchannan Year 12 Hennessy Catholic College

Highly Commended Photography Award – Bella Pangas Year 10 Cowra High School

Winner Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Lily Davies-Etheridge Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School

Highly Commended Mixed Media/Printmaking Award – Emma Dreverman Year 12 Hennessy Catholic College

Winner – Ceramics Award – Chantel Rhodes Year 12 St Raphael’s Catholic School

Winner – Drawing Award – Emily Dowler Year 12 Molong Central School

Winner – Sculpture Award – Henrietta Pottie Year 10 Molong Central School

Winner – Painting Award – Georgia Lewis Year 12 Cowra High School

Highly Commended Painting Award – Julia Williams Year 11 Kinross Wolaroi School


For more information contact the Gallery on 6340 2192