StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 – Emboldening Students of Art at NGV

EXHI030578Emboldening students of art at the National Gallery of Victoria, StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 presents an exhibition highlighting individual excellence of young student artists gleaned from government, independent and Catholic schools in Victoria’s metropolitan and regional areas. Migle Zvirblyte’s ‘living dress’ of chia seeds on hessian will sprout, wilt and die during the show illustrating the fleeting qualities of fashion.

EXHI030621 Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said ‘Each student has engaged with a high level of conceptual thinking and artistic technique to develop these pieces, and we’d like to thank the teachers who’ve supported and fostered their artistic development thus far. Anna Dewar of Methodist Ladies’ College captures the power of nature in her emotive photographs of an electrical summer storm. There are over 50 stunning works across multimedia, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, installation and 3D imaging, by 42 students from schools across Victoria.


Adrian McCarney used over 1500 Rubik’s cube tiles to create a larger-than-life portrait of his younger self. The piece stands at over a metre tall and is based on a photograph taken when Adrian first attempted to solve the seemingly impossible Rubik’s puzzle.

EXHI030556Gil McKenzie, of Charlton College in Victoria’s North-Central region has used his natural environment to inspire his work, carving the contours of his local landscape into preloved books. StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 is part of the Victorian Certificate of Education Season of Excellence, which includes Top Screens, Top Class, Top Designs and Top Acts.

EXHI030580 There are interactive talks and folio viewings, all of which are available for school bookings  as part of NGV’s Education program. The selected works were chosen from close to 3000 submissions and consider a variety of themes including our relationship with nature, exploration of personal identity and gender politics. It offers a glimpse into the future of Australian contemporary art.

EXHI030584Zalias Drugelisa created a series of surrealist works that focussed on expressing her intellectual identity on canvas. A FREE talk will take place at NGV Studio Fed Square on Sun 12 April at 11am: join a Top Arts selection panel member and exhibitors to discuss aspects of the Top Arts selection process, the VCE Art and Studio Arts experience and artworks in the exhibition.  All are welcome

EXHI031052A film-projecting bicycle is just one of the forty two thought-provoking works by Victoria’s top art students, will be on show at StArt Up: Top Arts 2015 in the NGV Studio, Federation Square 19 March – 28 June 2015. The show is sponsored by the Macquarie Group and supported by Dulux and is open 10am-5pm, Tues-Sun. Admission is free.

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