Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett


    WA students showcase original artistic talents

    11/10/2000 5:35 PM

    The Brett Whiteley, Tom Roberts or Norman Lindsay of the future could be revealed at an exhibition to celebrate and showcase some of Western Australia’s most talented students.

    The Young Originals visual arts and design exhibition - on at the WA Museum until October 31 - features 77 artworks from secondary students throughout the State and across all educational sectors.

    Opening the exhibition, Education Minister Colin Barnett said the Education Department believed strongly in the importance of initiatives such as Young Originals in helping develop an interest in the Arts among young Western Australians.

    “The awakening of an interest in the arts is best fostered in childhood - an optimum time for the development of artistic skills and appreciation,” Mr Barnett said.

    “The arts provide us with an important medium for expression of the human spirit,” he said.

    “The department - with the generous assistance of sponsor Edubank ANZ - is thrilled to again present an outstanding collection of work, which clearly illustrates the talent of our students.”

    Mr Barnett said work on display included various media such as painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery and graphic design.

    He said the exhibition was a non-competitive forum made up of outstanding entries from the 2000 Quest for Excellence Visual Arts and Design Awards. The Quest for Excellence winners would be announced on October 18 as part of Education Week 2000.

    Education Department Executive Director, Education Programs, Dianne Kerr, paid special tribute to the role of parents and teachers in the success of the exhibition, which is in its tenth year.

    “The dedication and contribution of art teachers in nurturing artistic interest and talent is a continuing factor in the ongoing success of the Young Originals exhibition - and indeed all student exhibitions,” she said.

    “It is certain that without teacher guidance and support in building these young artists, their journey would be made immeasurably more difficult.”

    Media contacts:
    Diana Callander 9222 9699
    Education Department: Andy O’Brien 9264 5821