Artists on show

Posted on August 2, 2016

Arden students’ artworks will be on display at the School’s annual Art Exhibition.

Opening on Friday 12th August, 2016 at 6pm – 8pm the Visual Arts Showcase will be open to members of the local community at Arden’s Cambridge Senior Study Centre located at 37 Oxford Street, Epping.

Showcasing the creative and practical talents emerging at the Secondary School, the exhibition will feature artworks by students in Years 7 to 12. A display of Year 12 HSC Bodies of Work will be a highlight of the exhibition. 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. Our Year 10 students have continued Arden’s tradition of creating ‘Arden Year 10 Archibald Prize’ entries 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 Edward Lawn chose his Music Teacher, Mrs Philippa Wood, as the subject for his work. Edward’s portrait is painted using Acrylic paint on canvas. The reference to bamboo in the portrait was used by Edward to symbolise Mrs Wood’s role in the successful Arden 2014 China Music Tour. He will also be participating in Arden’s next Music Tour to China in 2017.

The theme of this year’s showcase is “Convergence”. The guest speaker at the exhibition opening will be a member of Arden’s alumni, Ms Samantha Wiltshire.

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 12th 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

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