Saturday, November 21, 2020

The region’s foremost annual youth art exhibition upstART open to students studying art in Stages 5 and 6 opened last week on Saturday 21 November 2020 at 2.30pm. For the first time in the history of an upstART opening and awards ceremony the event was live-streamed on Facebook with a recording of the event to follow on the Gallery website.  

Cowra Shire Council Mayor Bill West opened the exhibition acknowledging the exceptional talent of the young artists in the exhibition. This was echoed by the judge for upstAR 2020 Dr Rowen Matthews artist, lecturer and previous art teacher. Rowen commented that he was astounded by the quality of the work and there were two areas that stood out quite well for him, these were photography and sculpture.

The upstART 2020 exhibition was supported by nine high schools from the region and the Gallery received over 90 artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, mixed media works and photographic works.  The participating schools for 2020 are Boorowa Central School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Dubbo School of Distance Education, The Henry Lawson High School, Molong Central School, St Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra and Young High School.

The award section of upstART 2020 received financial support from several local businesses, these were Webster Optometrists, The Vineyard Mote and Yellow House Cowra. Supplier of art materials to schools in the region eckersley’s Art and Craft provided gift vouchers for six winners. Finally, community donors were the Friends of the Gallery and the Cowra Art Group Inc. as well as a private benefactor.

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 student whose work has the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award supported by the Friends of the Gallery.

UpstART 2020 exhibition and awards for students in stages 5 and 6 from high schools in the region continues to Sunday 6 December 2020. The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street Cowra NSW 2794. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm. Admission is free.

upstART 2020  Award Winners

Years 9/10, 11 & 12

Highly Commended Year 9/10: Louis Johnson, Cowra High School, Year 10

Winner Year 9/10: Sarah Richardson, Cowra High School, Year 10

Winner Year 11: Corey Beath, Cowra High School, Year 11

Winner Year 12:  Belle Wallace, Canowindra High School, Year 12

Open Section

Winner – Drawing:  Tillie Nottingham, Cowra High School, Year 12

Winner – Mixed Media: Camille McKenzie, Canowindra High School, Year 12

Highly Commended – Photography: Morgan Romer, Molong Central School, Year 12

Highly Commended – Photography: Arvin Mendoza, Young High School, Year 12

Winner – Photography: Brianna Hindmarch, Cowra High School, Year 12

Winner – Digital Art: Harry Hoolahan, Molong Central School, Year 12

Winner – Ceramics: Jayden Millar, St. Raphael’s Catholic School, Year 11

Highly Commended – Painting: Lilly Matthews, Molong Central School, Year 12

Winner – Painting: Korro Bangoura, Cowra High School, Year 12

Winner – Sculpture: Elliot Roberts, Cowra High School, Year 12

For more information contact the Gallery on 63402192