Northern Perspectives exhibition in Wanneroo showcases high school art

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Northern Perspectives 2019 award winners Abi Venables-Morris (Wanneroo Secondary College) and Robyn Bennett (Mindarie Senior College).
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Northern Perspectives 2019 award winners Abi Venables-Morris (Wanneroo Secondary College) and Robyn Bennett (Mindarie Senior College).

YOUNG artists from across the northern suburbs stepped into the spotlight as part of the Wanneroo Gallery’s first exhibition of the year.

Now in its fifth year, Northern Perspectives provides an opportunity for high school visual arts and design students to display their work in a gallery space.

This year’s exhibition includes 83 artworks produced by Year 11 and 12 students from schools within the cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Stirling, including painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics to textiles, wearable art and digital photography.

“This exhibit grants students the chance to showcase their art in a professional setting, which can help with building confidence and continuing to pursue art after high school,” Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

Schools involved in the exhibition include Ashdale Secondary, Balcatta Senior High, Butler College, Girrawheen Senior High, Kingsway Christian College, Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Mercy College, Mindarie Senior College, Perth College, Peter Moyes Anglican Community, Prendiville Catholic College, St Mark’s Anglican Community, St Mary’s Anglican Girls, St Stephen’s and Wanneroo Secondary College.

Two students received awards at the opening night on February 28.

Abi Venables-Morris from Wanneroo Secondary College won the City of Wanneroo resident encouragement award for her photography project Aquasphere, which the judges called “a beautifully subtle and resolved work”.

Robyn Bennett from Mindarie Senior College won the overall encouragement award for her mixed media artwork titled Blasphemunch, described by judges as “a playful and ambitious artwork, with confident technique”.

Visitors can nominate their favourite artwork for the people’s choice award, which is announced at the end of the exhibition on April 6

The Wanneroo Gallery is open 10am-4pm daily except Sundays and public holidays and entry is free.

For more information, visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au.