A journey through art for Challenger TAFE students

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Students of Challenger TAFE’s Rockingham campus are busy making final preparations for their annual art exhibition.

The exhibition named Journey will feature the best work produced by graduates of the visual arts and contemporary craft program and the Aboriginal cultural arts program.

The exhibition is the culmination of an exciting and highly successful year for these students, two of whom were recent winners of the City of Rockingham PhotoVoice competition.

Student Patricia Richardson won first prize in the modified section of the adult category for her photographic piece entitled Teamwork - a montage depicting a group abseiling.

“The course at Challenger TAFE has given me the confidence to explore my creativity, fine-tune my skills and enter competitions such as PhotoVoice,” Patricia said.

“Winning this prize was a great feeling of achievement and my fellow students and I are excited about the exhibition which will give us the opportunity to showcase our artwork.”

Aboriginal cultural arts student Patricia Nolan also entered the PhotoVoice competition, winning third prize for her photographic piece in the student category.

“Completing the course at Challenger TAFE has provided me with an avenue in which to explore different art mediums and experiment with new techniques,” Patricia said.

“It has been a challenging but very rewarding course and I am looking forward to the opportunity for the general public to come and see the high quality of work our class has produced.”

Challenger TAFE art coordinator Shaaron du Bignon said the graduating students were very gifted and it was a pleasure to watch their confidence grow throughout the course.

“The students have experimented with a variety of mediums throughout the year that have challenged their abilities and pushed them out of their comfort zones,” Shaaron said.

“The students should be proud of what they have achieved and the exhibition will provide the perfect opportunity to show off their new skills.”

The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, printmaking and photography. Patricia Richardson and Patricia Nolan’s winning PhotoVoice pieces will be among the pieces for sale.

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