First Class 17

As 2018 is the tenth year of the uniquely local and esteemed First Class series of exhibitions, we are going to celebrate! The series maintains a tradition of curating around a theme from outstanding work produced by Hunter and Central Coast HSC Visual Arts students from the previous year. Giving young artists a chance to exhibit in a professional gallery environment, the exhibition encourages audiences to experience the richness of talent and the voice of youth. Former First Class curators Kath Grushka, Jody Robinson, Ann Caddey, Tatiana Barista and Belinda Howden will be invited to the special anniversary opening alongside current First Class curators Lisa Who and Helen Willis. The selected artworks in First Class 17 demonstrate a questioning nature- 'where are we going?' We are seeing emerging trends of anxiety, displacment and vulnerability creating a darker malaise in today's youth. Through the avenue of visual arts, these students are revealing sophisticated observations of topical issues including urban and environmental chaos, gender conformity and unrealistic social expectations.

A gallery project curated by Lisa Who and Helen Willis.

Mikayla Pope Blue Cow 1.129 (detail) 2017, fake fur, acrylic paint on paper and board, dimension variable © the artist.

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