Some talented Southern River College students have had artworks selected for this year’s prestigious Young Originals Exhibition; a showcase of the very best visual art produced by WA public secondary students.
Now in its ninth year, the Young Originals Exhibition is a result of a partnership between the Department of Education, the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association, the Sangora Education Foundation and Edith Cowan University School of Arts and Humanities.
After a highly competitive entry round, five students from Southern River College will have their works showcased at the exhibition – Lekisha Eades for Cultural Connection, Chiara Fitzgerald for Together, Wayne Indich for Social Events, Brenton Thorne for Near the River and Shaleigha Wallam for The Dolphins.
Southern River College head of arts Ashley Meaden said the school was thrilled with the efforts of its students.
“As Head of Arts at SRC, I see success every day with our students,” he said.
“The success really is found in the daily work and achievements they reach by expressing themselves through many art forms – in this case Visual Art.
“Their acknowledgement in Young Originals is testament to their dedication and passion for their work.
“Young Originals is important for young WA artists to showcase their artistic potential and creative growth in our school and community, to share our worlds and the expression of the human condition with other peers.”
Lekisha Eades said her work represented her cultural identity.
“My work is based on my family and its connection with the community.
“Community is very important for me because it is an important source of social connection and gives me a sense of belonging.
“The kangaroo tracks in my drawing also shows my connection to native Aboriginal animals and the blue colours and the river at the bottom of my painting represent my ancestors who are the Whadjuk Noongar people of the Swan River tribe. dating back some 40,000 years.”
Mr Meaden also acknowledge the support of visual arts teachers Marc Bikim and Gayle Page.
The Young Originals exhibition runs from August 11 to August 30 at Edith Cowan Mount Lawley’s Spectrum Project Space.