Students’ artworks will be on display at the School’s annual Art Exhibition. Entitled “Envisage”, the exhibition opens on Friday 11th August, 2017 at 6pm – 8pm and is 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 Body of Work will be a feature of the exhibition, with a diverse range of artworks on show. 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’. Guests will also hear from two guest speakers at the exhibition opening – 2016 Arden graduates Ms Claira Benn and Mr Eden Li.
A highlight of this year’s display is the Year 11 Mini Body of Work. Mrs Elizabeth Owen, Arden’s Head of Visual Arts explained: “In their Preliminary course in Year 11, students are given the opportunity to develop their own independent Body of Work in one or more expressive forms such as drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, computer graphics, printmaking, ceramics, photography or video. In 2017, students have been required to engage with the societal issues of contemporary life. They have focused in particular on the concepts of the environment and culture as a way of shaping identity through a Personal Journey. The students selected their expressive form in order to compose an autobiographical response to the world around them. They validated this process by investigating the personal symbols relating to their life, including their spirituality and religion.”
Edward Lawn (Year 11) chose photomedia as his expressive form for his Body of Work. He explained: “Epping is undergoing such rapid development and change that it is easy to overlook the history of the place. I took photos in the same places as photos from 100 years ago to compare them with how they look today. Through the juxtaposition of the past with the present, my aim is to capture these traces of Epping’s past before they disappear.” Mrs Owen felt Edward’s work was “very interesting and timely given Arden’s 95th Anniversary and also the redevelopment of Epping.”