First Class 16

17 March – 30 April 2017

Uniquely local and now in its ninth successful year, the First Class series is a major event in the gallery’s calendar. The First Class 16 exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing the most outstanding work produced by Hunter and Central Coast HSC Visual Arts students from the previous year. It provides young artists with a unique opportunity to exhibit in a professional public gallery environment and encourages audiences to experience a richness of talent and the voice of youth. This year the artworks demonstrate a quiet concern for the complex environmental, cultural and scientific issues facing young people today. Sophisticated interrogation and observation of source material is transformed, revealing the vulnerability of both our environment and culture.

A gallery project curated by Lisa Who and Helen Willis.

Jessica Curry from Glendale Technology High School Existing, Falling, Drowning, Gone (detail) 2016, suite of four photographs, each 40 x 40cm © the artist.

First Class 16

Fiona Hall: a case study

17 March – 30 April 2017

The gallery is pleased to present a fifth exhibition in the annual case-study series. Following on from very successful previous projects, featuring Anne Zahalka, Janet Laurence, Ben Quilty and Judy Watson respectively, this year the gallery has drawn together strong works by leading Australian contemporary artist Fiona Hall. To complement the exhibition, the gallery has commissioned experienced art educator Helen Willis to produce a comprehensive artist case-study publication focusing on the HSC curriculum.

A gallery project coordinated by Meryl Ryan

Fiona HallTake No Prisoners 2013, bark cloth with earth pigments and plant dyes, 230 x 240cm. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney © the artist

Fiona Hall A Case Study

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