Art appreciators are invited to the annual Flinders Art Exhibition from Tuesday, 26 - Friday, 29 October at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
The four-day Flinders Art Exhibition is open to the whole College community, as well as people from the Sunshine Coast community. The event is located in the foyers of the Flinders Performance Centre from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
The Flinders Visual Art Department will also host a special opening event just for Senior School Art students in Years 10 to 12 and their families to celebrate the students’ art development and achievements in 2021.
This will be the 27th year the College has presented the exhibition which features hundreds of artworks created by students from Prep through to Year 12. You can see some of the works in progress by our senior art students in the gallery below.
The artworks span a variety of approaches and materials from two-dimensional art, sculpture and printmaking, through to digital media, animation and virtual reality.
Art is an important part of the College curriculum with lessons offered as core subjects in Primary and in Middle School from Prep to Year 9, and thereafter in Senior School from Years 10 to 12 as an elective.
FROM THE FLINDERS HEAD OF ART
Flinders Head of Art Mrs Ros Braithwaite said the exhibition was a vibrant celebration of the students' creativity and also a chance to acknowledge the teachers and teaching assistants for their care, support and guidance of the students throughout 2021.
“In a world where the focus has often been negative and at times overwhelming, the students have this year found solace in their creative voice and in exploring their own unique perspectives,” Ros said.
“Visitors will notice the Year 12 Art students have produced their own projects with inspiration from such things as the materials themselves and topics of place, politics, gender, society, psychology, power and connections,” she said.
“Meanwhile, the Year 11 Art students have experimented with a vast array of processes and materials to prepare for their final year of art in 2022, with some unique approaches to representing art through different lenses and codes.
“We are sure visitors will be impressed to observe how the students explore both traditional and contemporary approaches with art and have produced some amazing and unique responses to their world.”
Students in the Flinders Primary School have also had an exciting year of exploration through painting, mixed media, drawing and sculpture.
The sculptural piece Touch Me Not by Year 12 student Kirra Langmead was chosen as the artwork to advertise the Flinders Art Exhibition.
The students in the art department saw Kirra’s painstaking sculpture evolve over a long period of time and were excited to finally be able to touch and interact with it when it was complete.
Touch Me Not involves a series of three textural sculptural forms of the female body. Each piece has been created with hundreds of silicone dots in which the artist has pressed her finger.
The sculpture arose from conversations around the taboos connected to our bodies, touching, affection and consent, and how during COVID times, touch is discouraged.
However, Touch Me Not encourages human connection, essential for the body’s nervous system receptors and to lower stress levels.
Flinders Art Exhibition
Tuesday, 26 - Friday, 29 October
Foyers of Flinders Performance Centre
Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Tuesday, 26 October opens at 3:00pm
Wednesday 27, to Friday, 29 October opens from 8:00am to 5:00pm