Youth art gives raw insight

Sierra Laird with her inkjet printed photograph 'District'. 117180 Picture: REBECCA BILLS


A GROUP of 56 students from 18 local schools will have their artwork simultaneously displayed as part of the VCE Creative Showcase.
Celebrating the artistic excellence of talented VCE art graduates from across the Yarra Ranges, the artwork is on display at three galleries – Jarmbi Gallery at Burrinja Cultural Centre, Red Earth Gallery at Mooroolbark Community Centre and The Studio at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre.
Mater Christi College student Sierra Laird completed the Year 12 art subject in Year 11 and said she is honoured to have had her work selected to be on show at Burrinja.
Ms Laird said her piece ‘District’ was made with the intention to emphasise strength and beauty beneath the frightening aspects of poverty.
“It’s a piece based around poverty and it’s meant to emphasise that behind every bad moment there can still be something beautiful,” she said.
“A lot of people have interpreted it in different ways but my main one was that there is still beauty beyond any pain.”
Yarra Ranges Mayor Fiona McAllister said the showcase offers great insight into the raw experiences of young people and their wonderful talents.
“Each student is unique and this is reflected in the diverse range of work on display,” she said.
“The showcase is thought provoking and demonstrates the creative skills and courage of a new generation of emerging artists.
“I am so pleased we are able to support these new talents in our community and watch them grow into the future.”
The exhibition explores a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, digital media, textiles and painting.
Cr McAllister said it is inspiring to see young adults critically examine and express their feelings and experiences through artistic practice.
Ms Laird’s inkjet printed photograph titled ‘District’ alongside 27 other artworks will be on show at Jarmbi Gallery at Burrinja until 13 April.
The VCE Creative Showcase will also on show at Red Earth Gallery at Mooroolbark Community Centre until 17 April and The Studio at Upper Yarra Arts Centre until 3 April.