Arden artists on display

Posted on August 30, 2015

Arden Anglican School students’ artworks will be on display at the School’s annual Art Exhibition.  Opening on Friday 7th August, 2015 at 6pm – 8pm the Visual Arts Showcase will be open to members of the local community. 

Showcasing the creative and practical talents emerging at the Secondary School, the exhibition will feature artworks by students in Years 7 to 12.  A highlight of the exhibition will be a display of Year 12 HSC Bodies of Work.  In addition, Year 10 students’ artworks, ‘Arden Archies’, will also be on display, with attendees on the opening night having the chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Mrs Elizabeth Owen, Head of Visual Arts at Arden explained:  “Not only does the exhibition showcase the mature artworks of our Year 12 students, but also the budding talent of our Year 10 students as they have faced the challenge of painting a portrait of an Arden staff member as their Arden Archies entry.  Indeed, the Visual Arts faculty would like to congratulate all the extremely talented and enthusiastic students involved in this exhibition for their creative approach and diligence towards the processes of artmaking during their studies of Visual Arts at school.”

Discussing the Arden Archies, Mrs Owen shared:  “The Archibald Prize has played a significant role in the development of Australian Painting. The portrait prize draws much attention and acclaim from all sectors of the Australian public and is the most covered art prize by the Australian media.  The exhibition provides wonderful opportunities for Visual Arts students to study the exhibition from a number of angles including the role of the media, audience and art critic.  This year students have continued Arden’s tradition, the ‘Arden Year 10 Archibald Prize’ and have painted a portrait of a member of staff at Arden Secondary School.”  She continued:  “I hope to encourage the students to engage with the Arden community and staff and inspire them to feel like ‘real artists’.  Giving them a public forum will challenge their artmaking practice and perception of the audience and the world.” 

Year 10 student Dana Gacutan chose her Mathermatics Teacher, Mrs Lesley Kelfkens, as the subject for her work, Faced by Numbers.  Dana shared:  “Mrs Kelfkens’ passion for mathematics is seen through her teaching.  I have used numbers to show the element of math and to represent each number as a character trait that makes up her personality.  From the outside you can see her as a maths teacher, but the more you get to know her she is a kind hearted, understanding and caring teacher.”

The theme of the showcase this year is “Discover.”  The guest speaker at the exhibition opening will be a member of Arden’s alumni, Adelaide Day-Collett.  Adelaide is studying a Bachelor of Design with a Bachelor of Media (PR and Advertising) at University of NSW.  She explained:  “The first year of design it is very experimental where we are given the opportunity to explore different forms and mediums of design.  I am just about to start the more digital side of design, where we use 3D modelling, in particular graphics and object design.  In the future I would love to work in the creative sector of advertising, marrying both my degrees together.” 
Members of the wider community are most welcome to attend the exhibition, with the exhibition open for members of the public at the official opening (Friday 7th August, 6pm – 8pm) at Arden’s Cambridge Senior Study Centre located at 37 Oxford Street, Epping.  For further information about this exhibition and to RSVP, please contact Arden Anglican School on 9869 0200 or email